|Duluth's Historic Armory fundraiser: 2015 Winter Dance Party, 1-31-15.|
The Travelogs provided the music–and the famous black horn-rimmed glasses.
These are a few scenes from the Winter Dance Party held last weekend marking the 56th anniversary of the similarly titled event in the Duluth Armory featuring entertainers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper in one of their final appearances before they were killed in the crash of a small plane.
The event was a fundraiser for the Historic Duluth Armory where Holly et al appeared on the Winter Dance Party Tour before the historic "night the music died." I was introduced at this event as the only person in the audience who acknowledged having been at the original dance party. One other person said that he had been there for part of the event, but was quite young and apparently had been kicked out.
This year’s observance, held at the Sacred Heart concert venue, was very well attended. Some of the music provided did take on original Holly-Valens hits and were performed in the spirit of the era by Todd Eckert and The Travelogs, a group that includes regional musicians Lonnie Knight, Gary Lopac, Stan Kipper and Jim Steinworth. It was a fun event for a great cause.
|Jim Heffernan is introduced as the only person attending|
the Duluth 2015 Winter Dance Party fundraiser event who also was at
the original Winter Dance Party held in the Duluth Armory 56 years ago.
|Jim Heffernan (l) is pictured with Jerry Schnell (r),|
a volunteer with the Historic Duluth Armory fundraiser event.