The Surf Club still has not permanently regained an entertainment license allowing it to present live music and sell booze in the same evening, but the club’s owner James Byrum announced on the club’s website Monday that tomorrow’s tribute show to what would have been Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday (the rock pioneer was born Sept. 7) will go on, as a non-alcoholic show.
In an e-mail to Arts Desk, Byrum notes that the longtime roadhouse is open as a bar on nights where they do not feature music. Surf Club ran into trouble with the Prince George’s County Liquor Board when someone involved in a fight that occurred inside the club was later murdered nearby.
The event will be hosted by longtime local Holly fan and rockabilly singer J.P. McDermott and his band, Western Bop, who have hosted numerous tributes over the last ten years to the horn-rimmed-glasses-wearing star, who died in a plane crash at age 22. Also scheduled to appear are local roots rockers David Kitchen, Andy Rutherford, The Jelly Roll Mortals, The Spectacles, Hangover Royale, and more. McDermott was just in Lubbock, Texas, on Wednesday, singing with Texas band the Prophets of Rockabilly at the Buddy Holly Center. Expect McDermott and others Saturday night to sing Holly classics like “Rave On,” “That’ll Be the Day,” and “Peggy Sue,” and obscurities alike.
J.P. McDermott and Western Bop perform Saturday, Sept. 10, at 9 p.m. with David Kitchen, Andy Rutherford, The Jelly Roll Mortals, The Spectacles, Hangover Royale, and others tba at the Surf Club, 4711 Kenilworth Ave., Hyattsville, Md. $15. (301) 927-6310.