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McNally Smith Alums to Perform at Buddy Holly Event with Academy Award Nominee Gary Busey

Many music fans know February 3, 1959, as “The Day the Music Died” when Buddy Holly and two other musicians died in a plane crash outside of Clear Lake, Iowa. But Pepito’s Parkway Theater and Rob Chapman Presents Rock & Roll Moving Picture Show will make the music and the life of Holly come alive again with a Buddy Holly fan event on February 2th and 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

Friday night’s event begins with an introduction by actor Gary Busey, who portrayed Holly in the 1978 film, The Buddy Holly Story. Busey’s scintillating performance earned himself an Academy Award Nomination and the National Society of Film Critics “Best Actor” award in 1978.

Busey will introduce the film, share stories about the film’s making and perform a brief set of Buddy Holly songs with the help from former McNally Smith College of Music students who played as Holly’s band, The Crickets, for the History Theater’s production of Buddy. Those players include McNally Smith alumni Josh Bourdon (bass), Brandon Petron (guitar) and Zach Spicer (drums). The same group will do a set of Buddy Holly songs Thursday night after the screening.

“Buddy Holly was one of rock’s earliest pioneers, not only as a gifted songwriter and musician, but he was also doing highly innovative things in the studio, which later became commonplace,” notes Rob Chapman, whose series of rock ‘n’ roll film events at the Parkway have included movies and conversations about Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones (with special guest saxophonist Bobby Keyes), The Doors, Prince and others.

“We are very fortunate to have Gary Busey join us on this memorial weekend,” Chapman added, “and to share his insights into Holly’s music, the celebrated Biopic in which Busey seemed to become the legendary rocker, and to sing select songs from the Buddy Holly songbook with a great young backing group of musicians. It’s going to be two nights to remember as we fondly remember Buddy!”

Pepito’s Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

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