Updated: 02/18/2014 4:57 PM
Created: 02/18/2014 12:05 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
The Historic Duluth Armory has a long history and this weekend folks will celebrate its rock and roll roots.
The Winter Dance Dance Party, a 50s-style event, will get underway Friday at the Greysolon Ballroom. Money raised will help support the Armory Arts and Music Center.
The party is meant to celebrate a historic concert that took place at the Duluth Armory back in 1959. Buddy Holly headlined the event.
A Duluth man who was at that concert shared some memories Tuesday.
"Buddy Holly was unbelievable," Jan Borg said. "It was a cold winter night. I took a bus down there and had to hitchhike back home. When he got on stage, the charisma, it was unbelievable."
Two days after that concert in Duluth, Buddy Holly was killed in a place crash. Borg said he's honored to have seen him perform.
The 1st Annual Winter Dance Party goes from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Greysolon on Friday.
Tickets are $30 and $20 for students. You can get tickets at the door or by clicking here.
Hors d'oeuvres will be served from Black Woods. Rock-A-Billy Revue will perform and there will be dancing, games and a silent auction.
Guests are encouraged to wear 50s-style clothing.
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