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Rockabilly star Robby Vee performs at Crossings

Rockabilly singer Robby Vee, son of pop singer Bobby Vee, performs at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota.

Rockabilly singer Robby Vee is coming to Crossings at Carnegie on Jan. 30. Isn't that a big change of pace for Crossings, the Zumbrota art center that typically presents folk, bluegrass, jazz and blues musicians?

Yes it is, Crossings owner Marie Marvin acknowledged.

But she thought, "It would be fun to do something different. ... I don't think we've ever had rockabilly before."

And, Marvin added, "Everybody knows who his dad is, and we're certainly familiar with his music."

Robby Vee, a Canadian Rockabilly Hall of Fame member, is the son of Bobby Vee, one of pop music's most hallowed rock 'n' roll singers, Crossings spokesmen said. "He's steeped in rock's timeless tradition of pop, swing, rockabilly and bop," they added.

Vee is named after his father - whose hits included "Take Good Care of My Baby," "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" and"Rubber Ball"- and family friend Brian Hyland, another pop icon whose hits included "Sealed With a Kiss" and "Gypsy Woman."

"He found us" and inquired about doing a concert at Crossings, Marvin said. Vee may have learned about the Zumbrota venue from his association with other artists who appear there, including George Maurer.

Typically, she said, Vee plays "larger, louder spaces (but) he really likes getting into the intimate spaces."

A saxophone player, a bass player and a percussionist will provide backup, Crossings' Laura McDonough said.

Vee is on tour with his Rock 'n' Roll Caravan - so named as a tribute to the days of Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars.

Vee has shared credits and stages with rock legends including Little Richard, the Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins, Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Dion, The Righteous Brothers and Buddy Holly's Crickets - plus Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars.

In conjunction with the concert, the Robby Vee Food Drive will collect donations for the Zumbrota Area Emergency Food Shelf. Everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation.

The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Visit Crossings at 320 East Ave. or call (507) 732-7616. For more information go online to www.crossingsatcarnegie.com.

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