Outdoor Concert Series Begins Saturday

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Enjoy relaxing summer evenings with free live music of all genres Saturday nights at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater.

All ages are welcome. Restrictions include glass containers and skateboarding, biking or rollerblading during the performances.

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Come Back Buddy kicks off the Concerts Under the Stars series with '50s rock. The band will play from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater.

The band Come Back Buddy kicks off this year's concert series with music that is sure to get the crowd moving -- '50s rock 'n' roll and a pinch of country and western.

The trio consists of singer and guitarist Mike Randall, upright and electric bassist Janine Randall and drummer Don Rinehart.

"When I was a teenager at my high school sock hop, my teacher said I looked like Buddy Holly," said Randall, who at the time was wearing the square, black-rimmed glasses characteristic of the famous singer.

Randall kept the glasses and dons them during performances, in keeping with the band's vintage dress.

Randall met his wife, Janine, while doing an impersonation of Buddy Holly.

The two began dating and eventually formed a band seven years ago, Randall said.

Frequently requested songs in Come Back Buddy's Americana repertoire include "Rave On" by Buddy Holly, "Johnny B. Goode," by Chuck Berry and the '50s hit "A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation)" by Arizona's own Marty Robbins.

"We also get a lot of audience reaction with Johnny Cash songs like ‘I Walk the Line' and ‘Folsom Prison Blues,'" Randall said.

On occasion, the band also performs covers from country star Hank Williams.

"Rock 'n' roll never forgets" is a sort of motto for the band, Randall said.

"It just means we honor the people of that time when rock 'n' roll all started," Randall said. "We honor them with the show that we do."

Visit Come Back Buddy's official Web site at http://awhitesportcoat.com/.

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