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On Saturday, April 22, the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street and Timeless Destination restaurant and lounge at 77 Main Street, both in Wellsboro, are presenting dinner and a concert for one price.
The 7:30 p.m. concert in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre will feature Rave On. This three-member New Jersey-based band is known for performing the music of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson and other legends of early rock and roll.

Buddy Holly and J. I. Allison founded the Crickets band in Lubbock, Texas in 1957. The hits that Holly wrote or co-wrote and either performed solo or with the Crickets have influenced virtually every major rock and roll performer in the United States and abroad from Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, whose name was Crickets-inspired," according to the band's biography on the Crickets website.

Rave On will perform some of Holly's hits, such as "Peggy Sue," "That'll Be The Day," "Not Fade Away," " Maybe Baby," "Oh Boy" and "It's So Easy To Fall In Love." All are rock classics and considered primary lessons in how rock music should be written, played and enjoyed.

Also on Rave On's set list are other songs like Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman," Only The Lonely," Crying" and "Running Scared" along with the Everly Brothers "Wake Up Little Susie" and Don McLean's "American Pie." McLean wrote the song in 1971 in tribute to Holly. Only 22 years old, Holly had chartered a single-engine airplane to fly from Clear Water, Iowa to Fargo, North Dakota to avoid traveling by bus in the midst of the Winter Dance Party tour. The plane crashed into an Iowa cornfield just after takeoff on Feb. 3, 1959 killing Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and the pilot.

Rave On is composed of Chris Roselle who plays guitar, Pete Farley, bass guitar and Don Guinta, drums. Roselle is the lead vocalist. Farley and Guinta are background vocalists. The group has performed throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and in the Bucks County and Pittsburgh areas of Pennsylvania. This is their first time they will be on stage in this area of the state.

"I love the music of Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison and no one was performing their songs," Roselle said. "That's when I came up with the idea to form a band and contacted Don via Facebook," Roselle said. "We had attended high school together years earlier in New Jersey." In November of 2009, Rave On became a reality. This November, the threesome will begin their ninth year together. "We have proven that early rock and roll music is timeless and continues to appeal to people of all ages," Roselle said.

Between 5 and 6 p.m., dinner will be served at Timeless Destination. Included is a beverage (coffee, tea or a soft drink), a cup of soup or a salad, fresh bread and a choice of entrée. There are five different entrées from which to choose, including an eight-ounce marinated sirloin steak, seven-ounce dill salmon, chicken oreganata, shrimp scampi or chicken marsala. The steak, salmon and chicken oreganata come with a vegetable and the potato of the day. The scampi and marsala are served over pasta. Dessert and alcoholic beverages are not included. The dessert menu will be on the table.

Tickets for the concert only are $15 for adults. Reservations for the dinner and concert are $30 per person. For concert tickets only or for the dinner and concert ticket package, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

Shown are the members of Rave On (from left to right) Don Guinta who plays drums; Chris Roselle on guitar and Pete Farley on bass guitar. Roselle is the lead vocalist and Guinta and Farley are background singers.

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