Rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly tragically died in 1959 but his music has gone on to influence almost every generation since then. Tomorrow night, the Smyrna Opera House will celebrate his life with a musical tribute.
Saturday night, the Smyrna Opera House will step back in time to the beginnings of rock and roll with "Oh Boy! A Tribute to Buddy Holly."
Featuring Delawarean Walt Hetfield as Buddy Holly, "Oh Boy!" recreates the music of Buddy Holly and the Crickets note for note while also weaving in the story of Holly's humble beginnings to his tragic end. The show also pays tribute to other performers who were part of the Buddy Holly story, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens.
Performed by a quartet fronted by Rehoboth Elementary School music teacher Walt Hetfield, the two-hour show aims to be a faithful recreation of Holly's west Texas rockabilly sound.
"The band is excited to return to the historic Smyrna Opera House," Hetfield said this week. "We are going to rock the house so don't miss the concert."
The band also includes drummer Ken Schleifer, guitarist and bassist Mike Long and bassist and keyboardist Barry Eli.
Tickets to the performance are $18 and all seats are general admission. The doors will open at approximately 6:45 p.m. and the show will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. A cash bar will also be available.
To purchase tickets, contact the box office at (302) 653-4236 or visit www.smyrnaoperahouse.org. For in-person ticket purchases, the box office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.