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Forum staff reports, Published January 29 2014

Weekend Watch: The Night the Music Died


Monday is the 55th anniversary of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson dying en route to a show in Moorhead. The tragedy is known as “The Day the Music Died,” but the music lives on all these years later. “The Night the Music Died” presents the songs of the departed along with others from the day. Robby Vee plays tribute to his father Bobby Vee, who, as a 15-year-old, stepped in to play the show Holly, Valens and Richardson were trying to make. Vee’s backing band, The Shadows, reunites as well, and bassist Dick Dunkirk joins Wayne Luchau in a tribute to the Everly Brothers. Luchau also pays homage to crooner Roy Orbison. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. at North Dakota State University’s Festival Concert Hall, 1301 12th Ave. N., Fargo. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 at the door. (701) 231-7969.