Well, Good Golly Miss Molly it's been awhile! The 50th anniversary tour had us all on the road for some two and half months straight so believe it or not I am just now catching up with items at home. There's a bunch of great links below to photos, articles and even video highlights from the tour with many thanks to the Des Moines Register, Green Bay Gazette, Globe Gazette, Dan Ferone, Bryce Parks and others. It pretty much sums it all up better than I could ever attempt to explain.
Needless to say but the 50th anniversary was an emotionally charged event for us all and many thanks for all the sell out shows when it was beyond cold out. Highlights included Bob, Ritchie Valens brother's emotional greeting in front of many grateful fans at the Riverside ballroom in Green Bay, WI. A deafening roar greeted us all and we played three separate sets of music that night for three plus hours of raucous fun. Our Surf ballroom show was exciting as well with a special surprise appearance by Carl Bunch and Maria Elena joining us on stage. Jay Richardson wore his heart on his sleeve for a stirring rendition of his own penned "Big Bopper Memories" while I debuted the new "Hey, Buddy" song with new Ritchie and Bopper lyrics. Rockin' Ray per usual got the crowd going good. A great weekend of fun but darn cold. Virtually everyone I know got sick including yours truly who spent super bowl Sunday on a couch.
News Dept: our very first and upcoming Symphony show with the Grand Rapids, MI symphony on July 16th and 17th! This will be the full Winter Dance Party show backed by a full orchestra! Many good seats are already sold out but I am told lawn seating is still available. This will be one of many new symphony shows this year so if you can't make this one, there are more to come.
Don't miss two summer fun outdoor shows that are also free to attend!
July 4th promises to be a humdinger at Hansen Dam in the sunny San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. This large outdoor event will have band contests, some very special guests and feature us at the end of the evening along with some fireworks! Currently, we are working on a special July 3rd symposium event at the Grammy museum in downtown L.A. that will include special guests Tommy Allsup and Maria Elena Holly! Details on this as they arrive soon.
July 18th has us at Miller Outdoor park in Houston, TX. Expect 3000-4000 people so arrive early for closer
seating. All of our summer calendar dates are here: www.winterdanceparty.com/winterdanceschedule
We have a new mailing address:
12115 Magnolia Blvd, Suite 37, Valley Village, CA 91607 This replaces the old 12439 Magnolia Blvd address so please send all correspondence and Chantilly Lace to this address!
That's it for now. More soon. Remember that the Winter Dance Party show takes no responsibility for overheating anyone
Moosejaw Cultural Centre
Moosejaw, SK Canada
Regina, SK Canada
Jefferson Theatre, Beaumont, TX
Mohegan Sun Casino
JUNE 4-JUNE 7
Mt. Gretna, PA
Vectors Veterans Fundraiser!
Feather Falls Casino, Oroville, CA
John Mueller/WDP Band Only
Clark Center Gala Benefit
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Walton Arts Center
Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville, AR
Ritchie Valens show and fireworks!
Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, CA
JULY 16 and 17
WDP FULL SYMPHONY SHOW!
Grand Rapids Michigan Symphony
Cannonsburg Ski Area, Belmont, MI
JULY 18 - FREE Outdoor Show!
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Hermann Park, Houston, TX