John Mueller’s “Winter Dance Party” is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour.

It is the only show endorsed and honored by Buddy’s widow Maria Elena Holly. And it’s the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates.

Each performance includes more than two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50’s: ‘‘That’ll Be The Day,’’ ‘‘Peggy Sue,’’ ‘‘Oh, Boy,’’ ‘‘Rave On,’’ ‘‘La Bamba,’’ ‘‘Chantilly Lace’’ and many more.

Mueller, the critically acclaimed former star of the U.S. touring version of the London/Broadway hit musical “Buddy ... the Buddy Holly Story,” performs as Buddy Holly with Linwood Sasser as the Big Bopper and Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens.

The authentic and energetic four-piece band (guitar, drums, stand up bass and sax) includes Grammy award-winning Mike Acosta on saxaphone.

The Winter Dance Party show has performed in front of more than 2 million people on national TV for the Jerry Lewis Telethon, has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada at theaters, performing arts centers, ballrooms, corporate events, casinos and even for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with John Mellencamp, Marshall Crenshaw and others.

The show also performs with full orchestration for symphonic pops concert presentations and has performed with the Detroit Symphony, the Columbus Ohio Symphony, the Jacksonville Florida Symphony, the Grand Rapids Michigan Symphony, the Philly Pops Orchestra and many more.

“An air tight band with energy-packed execution of a long string of classics. Rather than museum pieces or mere fodder for oldies radio, these songs had all the vitality and punch that they carried 50 years ago.” — Springfield State Journal Register

“Winter Dance Party captures Holly era ... a dead-on re-creation of the ’59 show.” — Kalamazoo Gazette

“John Mueller(as Buddy Holly) gives a stunning portrayal. Highly recommended.” — Chicago Sun Times


  • Occurred Saturday, May 8th, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm


Pines Theater, downtown Lufkin

113 South First Street
Lufkin, TX 75901


Angelina Arts Alliance Box Office