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The Shadows will play Friday at Holmes

The Shadows Band will perform “A Tribute to the 50s and 60s” this Friday at the Historic Holmes Theatre, starting at 7 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Get ready to enjoy a musical “Tribute to the 50s and 60s” this Friday at the Historic Holmes Theatre.

Back in 1959 the Shadows Band, with 15-year-old Bobby Vee as the lead singer, made music history by filling in for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper at the Moorhead Armory after they were killed in a plane crash.

Bobby Vee and the Shadows went on to have 13 million in total records sold and several chart topping hits. The group broke up in the mid-1960s after the British Invasion took over the music scene, but the band was revived in 2005 after they were elected to the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame. They perform 40-50 shows a year in major theatres, casinos and special events.

The show features tributes to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney, the Everly Bros and, of course, their former lead singer Bobby Vee.

Friday’s 7 p.m. performance in the main theater will be followed by a dance in the Holmes Ballroom. Tickets are $23 in advance, or $27 at the coor. Call the Holmes Box Office at 218-844-7469 for more information.