The Night the Music Lived takes on Sibyl Center stage

The Night the Music Lived is a seven-member band made up of Jeff Boxell, Kevin Fransen, Joe Covert, Aaron Helm, Hope Soto, Tim Hulett and Dan Knoflicek. Submitted Photo

The Night the Music Lived, a seven-member band, will perform at the Sibyl Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday. If you love the music of Bobby Vee, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and Dion and the Belmonts, you must see this show. All of the performers are outstanding professionals and to many, there is nothing better than early American rock ‘n’ roll.

Jeff Boxell plays guitar, sings and performs the part of Buddy Holly

Kevin Fransen has played in a string of successful rock bands in Minneapolis. He works to duplicate the sounds on the early Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper, Dion and the Belmonts, Bobby Vee and Brenda Lee records.

Joe Covert has a passion for 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, so he decided to work with his bandmates to create the tribute band Heartbreak Hotel, featuring the music of these artists. He plays upright bass and sings harmonies, and he allows the music to transport him to his happy place. Heartbreak Hotel gives an outstanding performance every time.

Aron Helm has always had music in his life growing up with a father who was a touring musician and his mother who was an accomplished singer.

He now plays Bobby Vee and Ritchie Valens in The Night the Music Lived. His professionalism and outstanding performance skills are a huge part of this act.

Hope Soto performs the part of Brenda Lee with accuracy and precision. You will be awestruck by her performance, hitting all the notes and projecting a tonal quality indistinguishable from the recordings made so many years ago.

Tim Hulett has performed in theater, improv comedy, and in various bandstand now entertains with his tribute to the late great J.P. Richardson, also known as the Big Bopper. He is also an accomplished saxophonist and sound engineer and is passionate about the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, Dion and the Belmonts, Bobby Vee and Brenda Lee.

Dan Knoflicek is a graduate of McNally Smith College of Music. His musical journey has included performing Rock, Funk, Folk, Fusion, Gypsy Jazz, orchestral music and two musicals.

For more information about the event, call Linda at 629-1721. Admission to the event is $15. For more about the Sibyl Center, go to