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'Tribute to the 50s and 60s' set for this Saturday at Holmes Theatre

Featured performers at this Saturday's "Tribute to the 50s and 60s" in the Historic Holmes Theatre include Mid-America Music Hall of Fame members The Shadows Band. Submitted Photo

The Shadows Band is back in Detroit Lakes at the Historic Holmes Theatre with their annual tribute show this Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 pm.

Their show this year is called "A Tribute to the '50s and '60s," and special guests include a select string ensemble from the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony.  

This year's show features groundbreaking hits by Buddy Holly like "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "Raining in My Heart," Bobby Vee and the Shadows' million seller string songs like "Rubber Ball," "Devil or Angel," "Take Good Care of My Baby," Roy Orbison's unforgettable mega-hits "Only the Lonely," "Crying," "In Dreams," Gene Pitney's fabulous movie theme hits "Town Without Pity," "(Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance," plus many other hits from various artist of that era.

The Shadows were originally known as "Bobby Vee and the Shadows," and made their first public appearance at the Moorhead Armory on February 3, 1959 in place of Buddy Holly, who was killed the previous night in a plane crash after performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. This day is commonly known as "The Day the Music Died."

The Shadows went on to worldwide fame, with four gold records and $13 million in record sales. The original band broke up in 1964, but was revived by original member Dick Dunkirk for a performance at the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame, when they were inducted in 2005.

Because of the great response to their show, they started doing tribute shows around the Midwest and have been rated as one of the top tribute shows in America. Because of the recent retirement of their former lead singer Bobby Vee (because of illness), they are determined to keep the music of that era alive!

Tickets are $23 in advance and $26 at the door and can be purchased online at, by calling 218-844-7469 or visiting the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 806 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes.