About the Performance A Rue/Sabien performance is an ad lib, rapid-fire affair, riddled with a melodic cascade of personal favorites peppered with musical ideas (occasionally interrupted by an errant thought: they sometimes feel the need to explain the process), duologues on inspiration (and what does not inspire), oblique social commentary, and comic highs and lows (when good things happen to bad people), all thoroughly plumbed from the musical depths of piano, guitar, violin, mando and voices that soar, growl and bubble within a sardonic Robin Williams/Noel Coward sense of humor. Influenced by nearly anything and everything musical. Buckle up!~Charles Bunbury

Lush Country

Crooners Lounge, Belvedere Tent, Fridley, MN

Are you lonesome tonight? Got heartaches by the number? A hankering for pedal steel guitar, some high lonesome Floyd Cramer piano and a Patsy Cline yodel? Then you gotta go hear Lush Country, an all-star band playing the best country songs of the hi-fi era, from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette and back again.

Lush Country

Crooner's Lounge, Belvedere Tent, Fridley, MN

Are you lonesome tonight? Got heartaches by the number? A hankering for pedal steel guitar, some high lonesome Floyd Cramer piano and a Patsy Cline yodel? Then you gotta go hear Lush Country, an all-star band playing the best country songs of the hi-fi era, from Eddy Arnold to Tammy Wynette and back again.

Buddy Holly: OH BOY!

Paradise Center for the Arts, 321 Central Avenue, Faribault, MN

Gary Rue (Music Director for Gene ("Town Without Pity" Pitney 1986-2006, is proud to present some of the original cast members from History Theatre’s IVEY-Award-winning production of “Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story”, with Nicholas Freeman reprising his role as crooner-in-chief of Buddy's hits.

The music begins with Gary Rue singing “Fake Out” by then (and now) unknown recording artist Frankie Sardo, followed by Brian Pierce delivering swooning performances of Dion and the Belmonts hits. Next up is Zach Spicer giving his all as the Big (Chatilly Lace) Bopper, and Allen Malicsi closing the first set with Ritchie Valens' “La Bamba”.

The 2nd set heralds the main attraction: a red-hot Nicholas Freeman-led quartet serving up all the Holly hits: That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Rave On, Maybe Baby, Not Fade Away, Heartbeat, Everyday, Words of Love and of course, OH BOY!.

Cricket approved!