Hosted by The Ritchie Valens Foundation, Events scheduled include:
May 12, 2017 - Two special student assemblies at SFH at 10:30 am and 11:30 am. The assemblies will feature, The Alley Cats, a nationally touring A Cappella Doo Wop group. The dynamic act will honor Valens with renditions of some of his hits and popular tunes of his time. The tone of the events will be to encourage and educate the young artists of SFH. The Alley Cats’ celebrated musical backgrounds and extensive resumes including Broadway shows, Television appearances, and Grammy nominations will offer real-world experience to the students.
May 12, 2017 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm - Rocket Fizz Candy and Soda Pop Shop in Burbank located at 3524 W. Magnolia Blvd. 91505 will host a ‘meet & greet’ with Ritchie’s four brothers and sisters. Connie Valens, Irma Norton, Bob Morales, and Mario Ramirez will be on hand to answer fan’s questions, take photos, and sip on Ritchie Valens Soy CapitanTM Cola. C3 Entertainment, Inc. (licensing representative for Valens) and Rocket Fizz released the namesake soft drink earlier this year which is available nationwide at all Rocket Fizz stores.
May 13, 2017 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm - An old-fashioned, family friendly “Sock-Hop” will be held at the San Fernando High School Gym. SFH is located at 11133 O'Melveny Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340. Everyone is encouraged to attend in 1950’s sock-hop attire. So ‘Come On, Let’s Go’ - break out those poodle skirts and duck tails, bring the kids and stroll to the music of John Mueller of Winter Dance Party and Ritchie’s brother Mario Ramirez of The Backyard Blues Band.
Sal Rodriquez, drummer of the legendary rock group WAR, will be the special guest emcee for the evening. Other special guests will be in attendance.
San Fernando High School Student Body are admitted free with school ID. Tickets for the Sock-Hop are only available at the door the day of the event, cash only. Adults: $15.00 / Couples: $25.00.
Kids under 18 are free with parent. All ticket proceeds benefit the SFH Music Program. Food and beverages will be sold at the event.
Events are sponsored by Hi-Tone Five Corporation, Connie Valens, Irma Norton, Bob Morales, Mario Ramirez, C3 Entertainment, Inc. and Roy Z.
For more information visit www.RitchieValens.com. Email [email protected] or call Randy at (702) 860-6560.
About Ritchie Valens: A legendary artist who still resonates today, Ritchie Valens rose to fame in the late 1950’s as the first Latino rock star and a pioneer of rock ’n’ roll with hits such as “La Bamba,” “Come On, Let’s Go,” and “Donna.”
Valens began recording for Del-Fi Records in 1958. In a career spanning only eight months, he recorded three albums of over 30 songs and released nine singles including five chart-toppers with “Donna” peaking at #2 on the Billboard pop chart in 1958.
Ritchie Valens along with legendary musicians Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper died in a tragic plane crash on February 3, 1959, during their Winter Dance Party tour; a day referred to as the day the music died.
Since his untimely death at the age of 17, his music has gained in popularity and influenced generations of musicians. Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana are both cited as influenced by Valens’ guitar playing. Artists from Led Zeppelin to Los Lobos have recorded his music.
Valens who was inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, is remembered with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a major motion picture, La Bamba, a U.S. Postage Stamp, and namesake soft drink.
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