The Lubbock Entertainment Performing Arts Association (LEPAA) is bringing the second Buddy Holly Songwriters Retreat the first week of September of 2021, celebrating and showcasing songwriting achievements and legendary guest artists performing at two concerts at The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. The Songwriters Retreat is followed by special performances honoring the legacy of Buddy Holly, inspiring and cultivating local, regional, national and international songwriters in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas.
Writers will break up into small groups to collaborate with mentors through the creative process of songwriting. Each evening, the groups come back together for great local cuisine, and share the songs written during the day. Participants will gain access to celebrated songwriters, producers, music directors and program ambassadors.
Writers will leave Lubbock with at least four new songs, thirty or more new friends in the music business. Testimonials from past workshops have referenced record deals, publishing contracts, and newly formed bands. Most importantly, the younger participants get an opportunity to learn and grow in their craft.
The public is invited to attend the best-of-the-best songs written during the workshop for an intimate evening at The Songwriters Showcase featuring Gary Nicholson, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Friends at The Crickets Theater at The Buddy Holly Hall on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55.00 plus taxes and fees. The developing songwriters will not only write and perform with luminaries but will also take part in the birthday celebration on a side stage dedicated to up-and-coming musicians.
Following the Songwriter’s Showcase is Buddy Holly’s 85th Birthday Celebration, on Saturday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Helen Devitt Jones Theater at The Buddy Holly Hall featuring Duane Eddy and Friends including James Burton, Steve Cropper and Sonny West. Tickets range in price from $34 to $84 plus taxes and fees.
Tickets for The Songwriters Showcase and Buddy Holly’s 85th Birthday Celebrationgo on sale to the public on Friday, July 9 at 10 a.m. (CT) Tickets are available at buddyhollyhall.com, by calling ETIX at (800) 514-3849, and at The Buddy Holly Hall Box Office located at 1300 Mac Davis Lane, open Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.