Holly stand-in picks Temple for final performance

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

Temple Theatre has scheduled a number of special events to reach a wider audience, starting with a two-night concert this weekend and followed by a series of stand-up comedy shows.

This weekend brings the farewell performance of a longtime Buddy Holly impersonator and Southern Pines resident Baxter Clement. Temple Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn said Clement has traveled all around the country doing tribute concerts to the legendary 50s rocker immortalized in the song "American Pie," but he agreed to come to Sanford for one final performance.

"He hasn't done this show in five years, and he is saying this is his last time in the Buddy Holly costume," Taphorn said. "So if you want to see it, this is your last chance."

The concert will also include a live band and other tribute performances, including ones to Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (played by Southern Lee High School theatre director Mike Jones), who were the two other musicians who died in the 1959 plane crash that also killed Holly.

The first show is tonight at 8 p.m., and there will be a 5 p.m. show and an 8 p.m. show on Saturday. Tickets are $25 and can be bought in person at the Temple Box office, over the phone at (919) 774-4155 or online at www. templeshows.com.

Then, starting May 7 and continuing through Nov. 5, the theatre will host stand-up comedians, in partnership with Heffron Talent International and The Comedy Zone, once a month. The first show will feature David L, who co-hosts the Charlotte-and-Chicago radio show Morning Mayhem with Brotha Fred. Opening will be Sid Davis.

June 4 will feature Kevin Bozeman, who has opened for singer Aretha Franklin and is a past winner of the HBO Comedy Competition. Opening for him will be Mike Brown. July 2 will feature Tim Kidd, and opening for him will be Jamie Morgan.

The performers for the August, September, October and November dates have not yet been announced, but the Temple's website will announce the acts when they are finalized. The talent agency working with the venue represents dozens of comedians, including Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Jeff Dunham and Chelsea Handler.

Single tickets to the shows are $15 each, and a season pass is $75. Shows will be at 7 p.m. each night, and there will be a second performance at 9 p.m. if demand is high enough, said Chris deLambert, Temple Theatre's director of marketing and development. He said of the six comedians already scheduled, he has seen four of them on TV.

"These are nationally credited comedians who are coming through here," he said. "We might sometimes do an amateur show, or an open mic or something, but these are guys who have been going all across the country."

As long as this run goes well — which deLambert said he thinks it will — he said the Temple will look into making the comedy series an annual event.