Million Dollar Quartet

I sometimes think I was born in the wrong era.

Even as a teenager, it was music from the 50s and 60s that dominated my collection. I’ve visited Graceland in Memphis. I’ve played guitar at Hank Williams’ grave in Alabama. I took a road trip to trace the life of Buddy Holly from Lubbock, TX to the plane crash site in Clear Lake, Iowa. But I would give anything to travel back in time to be there in the moment when Phil Ochs played his first coffee house in Greenwich Village, or the Beatles at Empire Stadium or to find myself walking down Union Avenue on December 4th, 1956.

Fortunately for me, there are records. And Sam Phillips made some of the best of them.

Sam seized his opportunity of being in the right place at the right time, recording the best of what Memphis’s diverse music scene had to offer: blues, country, gospel, boogie, western swing and everything in-between. Before long, Roy Orbison came a-knockin, then Charlie Rich, not to mention the four young men who became known as the “Million Dollar Quartet”. When Sam hit record he wasn’t just making hit records, he was documenting a special moment in history: the birth of Rock & Roll.

Sam named his company Sun as a sign of perpetual optimism: a new day and a new beginning. When we listen to these records, we ARE travelling back in time to that day. They haven’t been tracked, overdubbed, processed and auto-tuned. These are records of musicians in a room, playing together in all its raw, imperfect beauty. More than anything else, he captured the spirit of these pioneers and immortalized them on vinyl, “where the soul of a man never dies”.

Starting this month, the Arts Club Theatre takes audiences back to the greatest impromptu jam session in rock and roll history at 706 Union Ave in Memphis, Tennessee when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley played together for the first and only time . I’ve had such a good time putting this show together as musical director and I couldn’t be more proud of the cast.

Get you tickets today!

A Rock and Roll Christmas with Buddy and the Beatles!

Molly, Buddy and the Beatles

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! I’m thrilled to reunite with Vancouver’s own Fab Fourever along with my wife, Molly D, this December. We are touring our acclaimed tribute show to Chilliwack, Ladner, New West, Victoria, Duncan, Campbell River, Maple Ridge and North Vancouver between Dec. 15-22nd to celebrate the music of Buddy Holly and the Beatles and to spread a little holiday cheer.

Give the gift of Rock & Roll this holiday season and get your tickets to a Rock & Roll Christmas with Buddy and the Beatles today!

TOUR DATES AND TICKET INFO:

Dec 15 – Chilliwack, BC
7:30pm – Cultural Centre
Call 604.391.7489 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.ChilliwackCulturalCentre.ca

Dec 16 – Ladner, BC
7:30pm – Genesis Theatre
Call 604.507.6355 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.BellPerformingArtsCentre.com

Dec 17 – New Westminster, BC
7:30pm – Massey Theatre
Call 604.521.5050 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.MasseyTheatre.com

Dec 18 – Victoria. BC
7pm – McPherson Playhouse
Call 250.386.6121 For Tickets, or
Buy Online 24/7 at www.rmts.bc.ca

Dec 19 – Duncan, BC
7:30pm – Cowichan Theatre
Call 250.748.7529 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.cowichanpac.ca

Dec 20 – Campbell River, BC
7:30pm – Tidemark Theatre
Call 250.287.7465 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.TidemarkTheatre.com

Dec 21 – Maple Ridge, BC
7:30pm – The ACT Theatre
Call 604.476.2787 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.TheActMapleRidge.org

 Dec 22 – North Vancouver, BC
7:30pm – Centennial Theatre
Call 604.984.4484 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.CentennialTheatre.com

 

Buddy Holly Unplugged.

13524394_1210328419001105_9053302471883597078_nIn a couple weeks I’ll be taking the stage at Crown Centre in Kansas City to perform in A Night On the Town Cabaret series at Musical Theatre Heritage.  The three night stand will explore some highlights from my stage career including Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Phil Ochs as well as share some of my own stories and songs. Think Buddy Holly/Zachary Stevenson unplugged.

For tickets and more info, please visit http://www.musicaltheaterheritage.com/

Buddy Holly at the Grand Theatre

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“Stevenson is so comfortable, so focused and so believable as Holly, lovers of rock ’n roll, music history or Buddy Holly should run to buy tickets. He’s that good.” – Joe Belanger, London Free Press

Thank you, Joe.  Buddy “rave’s on” in London, On until May 7th.  The LFP also gave us a 4/4 star review calling it a “must-see show that will not disappoint”.  Get your tickets NOW!

Enchantment Under the Sea Dance in KC

If you’re in Kansas City this Valentine’s Day there is only one place to be: The Living Room!

Enchantment

Inspired by Back to the Future, the Living Room’s Enchantment Under the Sea Dance will be rockin’ all the way back to the 50s this coming Valentine’s Day. Featuring live music to twist, hop, and jive to from Zachary Stevenson & the Satellites, there will be everything you loved about your high school dances with none of the stuff you hated. Dancing? Yes. Spiked punch? You bet. A crowned King and Queen? Absolutely. Throwing up in the bathroom? We sure hope not. So put your dancing shoes on and leave the “heavy” stuff behind. It’s your density.

Specializing in 50s and 60s pop, Zachary Stevenson has rocked his retro stylings in sold out theatres across North America for the past decade. You’ll hear the best of Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Richie Valens, Eddie Cochran, The Everly Brothers, Elvis – and more.

Before Zach and the Satellites, you’ll see “The Love Birds” AKA “A La Mode,” an authentic jazz band built upon Kansas City’s rich heritage of swing and blues.

”A La Mode builds upon that heritage and adds their own playful spin that is classic-meets-contemporary. Led by classically trained guitarist Clayton DeLong and enchanting songstress Jesica Poell, A La Mode takes the authentic smooth, bluesy and improvisational Kansas City jazz style and blends it with Latin, French and Gypsy Jazz.”,”You’ll think you have been transported back in time”- -The Record KC Magazine. A La Mode performs all of the old favorite jazz standards along side a few modern tunes with jazz flavor.

Tickets $20
February 14th
Doors open at 7pm
Zachary Stevenson and the Satellites at 8pm
Period or contemporary dress.

Next week: the Blue Frog!

By popular demand, I’ve been asked to return to the Blue Frog for an extended evening of Buddy Holly.  The 7pm shows on January 15 and 16th are SOLD OUT but the 9:30 shows still have some tickets left.  Get your tickets HERE.

Back to ’59

B&W Buddy

I just want to give a quick thanks to Pete Paquette and everyone at Paquette Productions for a wonderful experience on my first tour in Ontario in several years.  The photo above was shot backstage in Chatham, ON.  The following three weeks will see me and the stellar cast of Class of ’59 touring Alberta and BC.  Check the sidebar for ticket info and dates.  Hope to see you there!*

*Please note: we are not selling any merchandise on this tour. If you are interested in purchasing a CD please visit my STORE.

And it burns, burns, burns: The Ring of Fire!

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Ring of Fire: Project Johnny Cash opens tomorrow night.  This dramatized tribute to the late, great Johnny Cash features a cast that really lights up the stage.  Chemainus audiences are in for special treat with the debut of Jonas Shandel as young Cash and Tim Brummund as the “Man in Black” (as he called himself in later years).  Both performers capture the spirit of Johnny with grace, reverence and powerful musicality.  Samantha Currie‘s June is spot on. As Johnny would say, “she is beautiful and she is funny!”  To top it all off I got to assemble my dream band to join me on guitar: Kraig Waye on Bass and Scott Carmichael on drums, with Mark MacRae and Andrea Cross rounding out the ensemble playing every instrument that we could throw at them.  I’m so very proud to make my debut as Musical Director with such a talented cast, crew, and creative team. I’m really looking forward keeping the fire burning at the Chemainus Festival Theatre from now through April 11!

Get your tickets here.

Introducing: The Everly Lovers!

During the last Legends of Rock & Roll tour I had the pleasure of introducing my main squeeze, Molly D, to my hometown crowd.  We decided to perform a duet of one of our favourite duos of the 50s – The Everly Brothers.  It was such a hit that people asked for more from what we coined “The Everly Lovers”.  So we had a little fun shooting “All I Have to do is Dream” at the apartment while we prepare to return for our Rock & Roll Christmas in December.

See you then!

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