The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Surf Ballroom

Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, Iowa

To honor the legacies of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson on the 50th anniversary of the “Day the Music Died” in January 2009, the Rock Hall and the Surf Ballroom and Museum planned a week of evening concerts, symposium panels and other educational programs with special appearances from family and friends including Tommy Allsup, Big Bopper Jr., Carl Bunch, Cousin Brucie, The Crickets, Bob Hale, Maria Elena Holly, Chris Montez, Johnny Preston, Bobby Vee and many more.

“There are few buildings in existence today that represent a complete shift in our musical history. As the last concert venue for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, the Surf is the bedrock of where the sound and attitude of rock and roll changed forever.”

– The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s marker designating the Surf Ballroom an historic rock and roll landmark