LSO and The Crickets give concert
It may not be Buddy Holly Week anymore not legally anyway but the highlight of the weekend near the late Lubbock-born rock ‘n’ roll innovator’s Sept. 7 birthday definitely will be the Holly-days involving the grand opening of the Buddy Holly Center.
Events will include a concert by The Crickets, Nanci Griffith and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the Civic Center Theatre.
The orchestra will be conducted by LSO music director Albert-George Schram.
Reserved-seat tickets priced at $32, $25 and $17 (including the $2 handling fee) go on sale Aug. 6 at Select-A-Seat outlets at Dollar Western Wear, Luskey’s/Ryan’s Western Wear, Memphis Place Mall, both Ralph’s Records & Tapes locations and the Texas Tech University Center’s ticket booth.
The Crickets now including drummer Jerry Allison, standup bassist Joe B. Mauldin, guitarist and vocalist Sonny Curtis and pianist Glenn D Hardin will make their debut performance with an orchestra.
Grammy Award winning folk artist Griffith, originally from Austin, is no stranger to orchestral settings.
The ribbon cutting and official public opening of the Buddy Holly Center will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 3.
However, numerous other celebratory events are still being confirmed, including a black tie premiere and progressive dinner on Sept. 2, artists’ lectures on Sept. 4 and a “Roots of West Texas Music” symposium on Sept. 4-5 at the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech.
The Buddy Holly Center is located at the newly renovated Ft. Worth and Denver Depot at 19th Street and Avenue G. (The site most recently served as The Depot Restaurant.)
The center is a multi-use cultural arts facility featuring fine arts programs, a Texas Musicians’ Hall of Fame and a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and music of Buddy Holly, including the City of Lubbock’s purchased collection of Holly memorabilia.
The Buddy Holly Gallery has a $3 admission charge.
All other galleries and programs are free to the general public, unless posted otherwise.
Tours, priced at $2 per person, are available for groups of 20 or more and can be booked now.
Following its grand opening weekend, the Buddy Holly Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It will be closed each Sunday and Monday.
By WILLIAM KERNS
A-J Entertainment Editor