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Classic rock gets festive flair in West Van
Calling all North Shore seniors in the holiday spirit.
Homage is being paid to some of the most acclaimed mid-century rockers at a Christmas concert in West Vancouver next week.
Tribute artists for icons Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard are performing A Rock ‘n' Roll Christmas on Dec. 15 at the Kay Meek Centre.
Brenda Lee and Fats Domino are also on the list, along with the Memphis Beats Rock ‘n’ Roll Band featuring “Mr Sax” Johnny Ferreira.
“It’s very believable. The artists represent the characters in such an accurate manner — visually and vocally,” said Les Vogt, producer of The Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, who developed the show for Expo 86 in Vancouver with Hall of Fame DJ Red Robinson.
Rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly is played by Zachary Stevenson, the leading actor-musician in the musical Buddy that sold out for over two months at Vancouver’s Stanley Theatre last summer.
Expect the “nerdy young Texan” to perform his signature sweet ballads and on-the-edge rock-a-billy songs along with some yuletide cheer.
“I’ve played Buddy Holly’s songs live more than he ever played his songs, because his career was so short,” Stevenson tells The Outlook, referring to Holly’s death when his plane crashed en route to a show in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1959.
“Now it’s an extension of me, I’m very well practiced.”
Las Vegas tribute performer Lance Lipinsky plays rock and roll’s “first great wild man” Jerry Lee Lewis, while Gary Moore performs as Little Richard.
In contrast to The Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which deals with acts mainly from the 1950s, Vogt says many casinos in the Lower Mainland bring in tributes from later decades.
“They seem to think oldies are rock-and-roll bands from the ‘70s and ‘80s but these bands are the antichrist to the people we’re drawing. We’re prehistoric.
“I’m 75 years old, so I’m one of the seniors who are buying tickets to our shows. I’m in that category.”
While classics will be the focus, he added, artists in A Rock ‘n‘ Roll Christmas will make sure to give the event a festive flair
A Rock ‘n ‘Roll Christmas is at the Kay Meek Centre on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $41.85 at kaymeekcentre.com.