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Forum staff reports, Published February 01 2012

Weekend watch: ‘The Night the Music Died’

Tonight

Fifty-three years ago Friday was “The Day the Music Died,” but Buddy Holly’s music remains just as vital today. In the past year two collections of tributes to the bespectacled Texan, ranging from Kid Rock to Brian Wilson, have been released. This week celebrity train wreck Gary Busey is screening his 1978 Oscar nominated portrayal of the young rocker in Minneapolis. For its part, Fargo-Moorhead – where Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were headed when their plane went down in an Iowa corn field – brings back “The Night the Music Died,” the story of the iconic musicians told through their songs. The musical flashback starts at 7 p.m. tonight at Festival Concert Hall, NDSU. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 at the door. (701) 231-7969.