VIDEO: Buddy Holly and friends light up the Cowichan Theatre

It’s time for a Holly Jolly Christmas with Buddy and his friends. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
An exciting cast, great songs, and lots of laughs made ‘Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas’ great holiday entertainment. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Parksville’s Zachary Stevenson has become famous for his tribute to Buddy Holly. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Zachary Stevenson has all the famous Buddy Holly moves. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Zachary Stevenson has all the famous Buddy Holly moves. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Cassandra Frie sings one of Brenda Lee’s Christmas favourites. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Ben Klein sings one of Young Elvis’s hits for the big crowd at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Ben Klein presents Young Elvis in Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas concert at the Cowichan Theatre. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Ben Klein performs a lively ‘Young Elvis’ move during his part of the ‘Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas’ show at the Cowichan Theatre. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Ben Klein, Zachary Stevenson, and Cassandra Frie sing ‘Peace in the Valley’ to an appreciative audience at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The cast of the lively ‘Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas’ concert are all onstage towards the end of the show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Zachary Stevenson brings his famous Buddy Holly impersonation to the stage of the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ is a Brenda Lee favourite with everyone. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
It was ‘Great Bells of Fire’ as Zachary Stevenson included a little Jerry Lee Lewis in his Christmas show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Zacchary Stevenson takes up a sax to accompany Brenda Lee (Cassandra Frie). (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Zachary Stevenson sings ‘A Christmas Song’ accompanying himself on on the keyboard. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Red-jacketed Buddy Holly (Zachary Stevenson) is ready for Christmas in this special show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre wound up its 2019 season with a lively tribute show entitled Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas.

Zachary Stevenson, originally from Parksville, who has taken his top-drawer Holly tribute all over North America, to rave reviews, was the host for an evening that also included Cassandra Frie as Brenda Lee and Ben Klein as the young Elvis Presley.

Since both Brenda and The King recorded Christmas songs that are still really popular today, it was a great mix for a seasonal concert that also included a lot of old faves from the Fifties and Sixties.

The backup band was, as is always the case with these Legends of Roll & Roll shows, sensational. Stevenson was in rare form, showing off his skill on the piano and saxophone as well as the guitar, Frie threw in a Connie Francis tune to top up her gig, and a good-natured Klein kept up a running verbal tussle with a leather-lunged female fan near the back of the huge crowd while tossing off all the Elvis hits we love with aplomb plus taking a turn at the drums.

In other words, everyone had a great time. It was a fine way to bid farewell to the decade.

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