‘Buddy and Beyond’: RRCA to host the Johnny Rogers Show

MANISTEE — The “Buddy and Beyond: The History of Rock and Roll,” a live show with full band that covers the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, is a proven crowd favorite.

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts (RRCA) will host, at its theatre, the Johnny Rogers Show, “Buddy and Beyond: The History of Rock and Roll”, on June 22. The show will run from 7:30-9 p.m.

From Branson to Las Vegas, Rock ‘n’ Roll showman Johnny Rogers is in the business of bringing yesteryear’s music and history of Rock ‘n’ Roll to life. This show is a crowd-favorite.

The RRCA stated in a press release that, “Johnny is an outstanding musician, and can pull off guitar licks that would make Jimi Hendrix proud. That’s why we say with Johnny Rogers, you get ‘Buddy and Beyond’.”

The Johnny Rogers Show is sponsored by the Bay Area Music Foundation, in partnership with the RRCA.

“Johnny Rogers is one of the most dynamic, talented and unique performers out there,” said Chris Bickley, chairman of the foundation. “Not only does he sing and play, he is a Rock & Roll historian that grew up performing the music he loves with many of the pioneering performers that defined this rich part of our heritage.

“The Bay Area Music Foundation is delighted to partner with the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts. Both organizations have a passionate commitment to not only preserve but build on a rich tradition of the arts in Northern Michigan.”

Johnny will transport you back in time, when you could go to your favorite malt shops and dance to your favorite bands. The show is a tribute to the music of the legends of Rock n’ Roll. It will start with Johnny’s uncanny portrayal of the late Buddy Holly, and go on with a tribute to the legendary Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson and Chuck Berry, and many more.

The show will climax with Johnny’s portrayal of the late Elvis Presley.

Johnny Rogers was born in Jackson, Tennessee, to parents who were born in the southern states of Kentucky and Tennessee. His father was a radio personality in the late ’40s and early ’50s, who crossed paths with some of the biggest legends of music history: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, Marty Robbins and Conway Twitty, to mention a few.

When he was very young his father gave him his first guitar. He had no interest in playing, until he heard Buddy Holly for the first time. The song was “Rave On.” He said it was like someone or something turned a switch on inside of him.

From that moment on he knew what he wanted to be in life and that was someone like Buddy. His father showed him a few basic chords. That was all he needed to get started playing.

While Johnny was in high school, he tried starting a band, but finding kids his age with the same taste in music seemed to be impossible. So, he began to look for older guys that grew up listening to the music.

He started sneaking into the honky tonks with his father’s help and a fake ID. He wasn’t there to drink, though. He was there to learn about becoming an entertainer.

Johnny began playing lead guitar for Jimmy Nichols at the age of 15. He was self-taught and learned all styles of music. Johnny made his debut on stage at the Off Broadway Lounge. He continued playing guitar for the Chicago legend until he was 21, and it was time to start his own band and show.

Tickets to see the show are on sale now at mynorthtickets.com/events/JohnnyRogersShowAtTheRamsdell.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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