Buddy HollyHighmount, N.Y. -The Belleayre Music Festival rolls back the clock on nostalgic fun with a '50s Dance Party: "The Day the Music Died" -featuring the Music of Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. This rollicking journey into yesteryear is sure to have the audience dancing in the aisles as the timeless hits of the era's biggest stars are recreated with authentic precision. The Dance Party Tour is a show band bringing to life the Winter Dance Party of 1959, starring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The seven-piece band performs rockabilly hits of these artists and others made famous from 1952 through 1959. Beloved classics like "Chantilly Lace," "Peggy Sue" and "La Bamba" will be featured. On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa killed three American rock and roll musicians: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. The day was later called "The Day the Music Died" by Don McLean, in his song "American Pie." John Mueller is the top Buddy Holly tribute artist and starred in this role on Broadway. He started performing professionally as Buddy Holly many years ago at the American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City, MO where he starred in "Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story." Since that time he has done the same show in major markets and these productions have garnered John critical acclaim and awards for his detailed, authentic performance. Ernie Valens (Ritchie Valens) grew up in the same house as Ritchie and was raised by Ritchie's Aunt Ernestine. His public debut came in May 1988 on the same American Legion stage where Ritchie had performed 30 years earlier. His vocals have a startling resemblance to Ritchie's and his release "Valens...A Tribute to Ritchie," is more than a testament to that fact. Ernie has traveled across the country performing at many tributes to Ritchie, Buddy and The Bopper. J.P. Richardson, "The Big Bopper," is portrayed by J.P. Richard Jr. Professionally known as Big Bopper Jr., J.P. Jr. is walking the path his father was on before his untimely death in 1959. When J.P. started performing, he was initially concerned about filling his father's shoes. He no longer worries about that "My father was a one-of-a-kind original. I am not trying to be him. What I do is a tribute to my father and it seems to work out just fine." Over the past few years, the Big Bopper Jr. has played with many great rock acts, including the Crickets, the Drifters, the Coasters, Freddy Cannon, Bobby Vee and the Shirelles. Vintage Car Show at Belleayre Mountain Completing the '50s theme will be a Vintage Car Show in parking lot of Belleayre's Overlook Lodge from noon-6 p.m. There will be trophies and goodie bags for participants, plus musical entertainment. Day of show registration for the Car Show is $20. The car show, which includes stock, custom and motorcycle classes, will take place rain or shine. Prizes for will be awarded during the concert. For each registration, participants will receive two free lawn tickets to that evening's concert. All proceeds go the Belleayre Conservatory. For information about the Car Show, contact Perry Orshan at 201 638-2270 or e-mail: RR540@aol.com Belleayre Mountain to Present "Living with the Black Bears" at Pine Hill Community Center Due to recent heightened bear activity in the region Belleayre Mountain will present a Nature Education Lecture "Living with the Black Bears" at the Pine Hill Community Center Sunday, August 29 at 2:30pm.  DEC Wildlife Biologist Matt Merchant will be on hand to present an informative interactive discussion about black bears and the how to peacefully coexist with them in the Catskill Mountains. Come out for an engaging talk about these often misunderstood iconic furry forest dwellers. Purchase a Season Pass in August and Get a Free Season Long Workshop Early Bird Season Pass Pricing is still in effect and as an added perk for people who purchase an adult or senior pass in August is a season long weekend workshop every Saturday beginning on January 1 with a $300 value. Midweek passholders will receive the Wednesday Workshop (also a $300 value) that lasts for the entire season starting on January 5.  People who choose to wait and buy their season pass in September also get a great deal. The September Belleayre Season Pass Deal includes five discounted guest passes that can be used at any time during the season. Bring your friends to introduce them to the Belleayre experience as a guest for only $34 per person which is an additional $100 value. Bring a friend and save even more. Current season pass holders who bring a new friend who buys a full adult season pass receive additional $50 off their price. Bring a senior season pass holder and receive $25 off or recruit a new family to the Belleayre experience and receive $100 off. Summer is in full swing in the Catskill Mountains and there's no better place to relax and chill out with a family picnic, swimming, boating, fishing, playing volleyball, horseshoes or beach games at Belleayre's well manicured day use area. Belleayre also offers Red Cross Certified Swim Lessons for all ages. The cost to enter the day use area is $8 per carload and $20 per bus; hours are from 10am - 6pm. Belleayre Mountain is a year-round outdoor recreation area in the Catskill Mountains operated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Belleayre Music Festival is a non-profit 501c3 organization with a mission to bring arts and culture to the Catskill Region that operates in a partnership with Belleayre Mountain.  Contact: Jonathan King Belleayre Mountain Marketing Department Phone: 845-254-6114 Email: jdking@gw.dec.state.ny.us Web: http://www.belleayre.com/ Belleayre Phone: 845-254-5600