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HUNTSVILLE – Las Vegas legend “Sting Ray Anthony” will perform for the first time at the Huntsville Old Town Theater. The performance is scheduled for Friday, August 27 at 7 p.m. and tickets are still available.

The astonishing look-alike of actor Lou Diamond Phillips who played Ritchie Valens in the film La Bamba will present his act of homage for the first time at the Old Town Theater. Anthony promises songs from La Bamba, including the hit song Donna, and much more from his repertoire in the first half of his program and the finale will be an assortment of Elvis and other music from the 50s and 60s.

“Everyone will know the songs I will sing and are invited to participate,” he said.

The left-handed guitarist received his indoctrination into rock and roll early on.

His family owned a restaurant with a jukebox filled with 45 records.

“I remember playing this one Engelbert Humperdinck record. I don’t remember the song, but I played this record over and over again, ”to the point of driving her mother crazy.

Frustrated with him, she told him to listen to rock and roll. He had never heard of rock and roll so she grabbed him and took him upstairs to their place, released an album, and on the cover there was a guy in an army uniform. .

It was Elvis Presley. The album was his famous GI Blues.

“I heard ‘One for the money…’ and I lost it. I was addicted, ”he laughed.

From 7 to 16 years old, he listened only to Elvis.

“I thought if he could stand there, shake his leg and sing along with a guitar, I could too.”

He picked up the guitar and started to learn on his own.

He stood in front of a mirror, shook his leg and played his guitar, spinning to the beat of the music.

Anthony would hang out with his friends and learn chords, join a few groups to learn how to show off what he was learning, and in doing so he developed a love for performance.

Later, his nephew learned to play the drums. Anthony wanted to develop his skills on the drums as well, so he borrowed his neighbors’ trap set and put it in his little bedroom upstairs and played along with the Beatles 45 records.

“Ringo Starr was my new hero and I got better on drums than guitar,” he said.

This led him to join a Top 40 band where he played drums and sang.

His ravenous hunger to learn the music of the 40s and 50s started with Elvis, then with Buddy Holley, Richey Valens, Bill Haley, Gene Vincent and the list goes on and on.

Years later, he would find himself on stage with the same people he was impersonating and now they are his friends.

“This is the American dream for a child,” he said.

He grew up in Toronto and rose to the top.

To keep his mother happy and to have food on the table, Ray worked in a pasta company, in the mailroom of an engineering company, and in many other side jobs, all to support his business. weekend. He hired a sound system to take his solo on the part-time road to town.

In his twenties, he took a leap of faith and traveled full time across Canada with his live tribute shows. Married and with a son on the way, he took the risk.

“I had a lot of bookings and I was doing something that no one else was doing at the time and it started to pay off really well for me,” he said.

He has become the highest paid solo actor in town with his music.

On New Years Day in 1987, the movie La Bamba starring Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens was released. Anthony had a strange similarity to the big screen star with his Caribbean heritage.

“I was playing in clubs and people would ask me if I was the guy from La Bamba,” he said.

He hadn’t seen the movie so he went and by the time he saw Phillips he realized he should be doing some Valens music.

He developed a show around the music of Valens when he got the call to join the award-winning live tribute show Legends in Concert in Las Vegas. His career exploded from there.

Anthony received praise from original Valens producer-manager Bob Keane of Del-Fi Records, who was impressed with his portrayal of the star.

“It’s amazing what happens to audiences when I sing Ritchie Valens songs. They are very excited and want to dance out of their seats to participate, ”he said.

He is not only a talented drummer, guitarist and singer, his talents also extend to songwriting and playing the piano.

Sting Ray’s backup will be the ultimate ‘Edge of Reality’ tribute band

Special guest opening performers will be the East Texas girl group Shake Rattle & Roll.

To reserve, visit www.oldtowntheater-huntsville.org/ or call 936-293-8681.


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