Submitted photo Zachary Stevenson modernized classic rock music in Smashed Hits.

Spectacular evening of ‘50s rock ’n’ roll with Zachary Stevenson in Chilliwack

Stevenson smashes your favourite hits out of the park in a performance that will dazzle your senses

An unforgettable evening is set to hit the Chilliwack Cultural Centre stage as Zachary Stevenson modernizes classic songs from Buddy Holly, Hank Williams and Jerry Lee Lewis, and turns them into Smashed Hits.

Channeling the spirit and sounds of the past in a dynamic performance that is uniquely his own, Stevenson delivers an incredible rock ’n’ roll show on Nov. 9.

Best known for his acclaimed portrayal of Buddy Holly, Vancouver Island native Stevenson has transcended the generation gap, energizing and connecting with the audiences wherever he goes. Using his incredibly smooth voice, which is backed up by guitar, piano and sax, he has modernized classic rock music, while still maintaining the old school sound of the originals.

From a humble beginning in Parchsville, B.C. as the son of an orchardist, Stevenson fell in love with performing while in high school, and soon he went on to lead in eleven productions of Buddy across Canada and the United States. In 2010, he was nominated for a Jessie Award in Vancouver for best lead performance and was named one of the top talents to watch in the Vancouver Sun. Beyond Buddy, Stevenson has played characters based on Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Phil Ochs and Hank Williams. Along the way, he has picked up the moniker as a revivalist, and it is one he has taken to heart.

He has produced two albums of 50s rock and roll, Smashed Hits Volume I and II, as well as an original album with his band the Human Statues.

“The demand for such a record became too much to ignore. Thanks to the musicianship of Jeremy Holmes, Scott Smith, Todd Biffard, Ben Kunder and the mix-mastership and production of Ried Hendry we’ve managed to stay true to the essence of those classic 50s recordings while putting our own unique stamp on it. I’m very proud of Smashed Hits,” says Stevenson.

Prepare to go crazy for the ‘50s sounds of Zachary Stevenson, as he smashes your favourite hits out of the park in a performance that will dazzle your senses.

Smashed Hits is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35/adults, $32/seniors and $30/youth, and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).

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