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"Buddy and Beyond" Coming to Frederick
By Tourism Industry Partner
Chicago singer-guitarist Johnny Rogers, best known for his rousing tribute to Buddy Holly and other pioneers of rock and roll, will bring his “Buddy and Beyond” show to Frederick for the first time on Saturday, February 12th at the Ramona Theatre.
Tickets are $20 for the 7:00pm show, which features a nationally acclaimed tribute to Buddy Holly that is so good, Buddy’s older brother Larry has given it his personal endorsement. However, when Rogers opens the show with Holly classics such as “Peggy Sue”, “Maybe Baby”, “True Love Ways”, and “That’ll Be the Day”, he’s just getting warmed up.
What follows is a veritable Who’s Who of the early days of rock and roll, and some classic country too. When those trademark Holly glasses come off, it’s anybody’s guess what comes next. For as good as Rogers is at portraying Buddy, he’s equally gifted when belting out an Elvis tune, playing a sizzling guitar on a Chuck Berry classic, or delivering a near-perfect Johnny Cash tribute.
With so much talent and versatility, it’s easy to understand why Rogers has thrilled audiences in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Branson and London, just to name a few.
“I’m looking forward to playing in Frederick,” said Rogers who has performed many times across Oklahoma and Texas. “The people in Oklahoma are always so nice and the historic theatre there is a perfect place for a nostalgia show like this.”
Rogers has an idea for all the couples out there. “We’ll make it an early Valentine’s show and do a few special love songs,” he laughed.
Not only is the Frederick show just two days before Valentine’s Day, it’s also just days after the anniversary of what has become known as “The Day the Music Died”, a line from the song American Pie.
Singer-songwriter Don McLean used the phrase in reference to the plane crash on February 3rd, 1959 that took the life of Buddy Holly, and singers Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, aka “The Big Bopper”.
Rogers is also a brilliant musician who, when he chooses to, can deliver smoking-hot guitar licks in the style of Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan.
“It’s all about having fun,” said Rogers, who doesn’t limit himself to old time rock and roll. While Rogers can rock with the best of ‘em, he has no problem switching gears and giving the audience a few familiar country tunes.
Those who have seen him perform marvel at his uncanny ability to quickly transition from sounding like Waylon or Willie, to Conway Twitty or Hank Williams Sr.
For tickets or more information, contact the Frederick Chamber of Commerce 580-335-2126. Tickets may be ordered credit card at the Chamber office as well. For orders of 10 or more, reserved seating is available.
Hurry as seating is limited!
Sharon Bennett, Executive Director
Frederick Chamber of Commerce
100 South Main
Frederick, Oklahoma 73542