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A New Year's Eve Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & The Big Bopper: An Authentic Re-Creation of the Winter Dance Party Tour of 1959

December 15, 2008

Manasquan, NJ - The official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper�s final tour, The Winter Dance Party, and the only show endorsed by both the Holly and Valens estate will be presented at Algonquin Arts on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 8 pm. The production features John Mueller as Buddy Holly, Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper�s son, J.P. Richardson Jr., playing the Big Bopper. This live concert performance includes over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring 50�s era hit songs by these legendary rock and roll pioneers: That�ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, and many, many more.

The Winter Dance Party re-creation show has performed in front of over two million people on national TV and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada at performing arts centers, concert halls, theatres, ballrooms, corporate events, casinos and even for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The show began in 1999 in honor of the 40th anniversary of the original tour and has grown immensely in popularity with a substantial fan base. This critically acclaimed, nationally touring concert is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original tour this New Year�s Eve.

"As flawless as a chord from a Fender Stratocaster..John Mueller is living proof that Buddy Holly's legacy will live on.� � Chicago Tribune
"Really does Buddy proud...has his mannerisms and sound down pat.  The best I've ever seen." � Travis Holly, Buddy Holly�s brother

Some seats are still available for John Mueller�s New Year�s Eve Winter Dance Party: A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper live at Algonquin Arts, but won�t be for long, so purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets are $50 for adults and $48 for seniors and students. Golden Circle Seating in the first six rows is $55 for adults and $53 for seniors and students. Group rates are also available. To reserve seats or obtain more information, contact the box office at 732-528-9211 or [email protected]. More information can also be accessed at Box office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Algonquin Arts is conveniently located at 173 Main Street in downtown Manasquan, NJ.

Algonquin Arts was founded in 1992 as a nonprofit organization to provide cultural enrichment and educational enhancement of the highest quality for the residents of New Jersey�s central region. Programming of Algonquin Arts is made possible as a result of the continued philanthropic support of private citizens and organizations such as New Jersey State Council on the Arts, OceanFirst Foundation, New Jersey Cultural Trust, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, PNC Foundation, Manasquan Savings Bank, Woman�s Club of Brielle, Bank of America, Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, Investors Savings Bank Charitable Fund, Verizon Foundation, Janice & Jules Plangere III, as well as many generous individuals and local businesses.