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Frost Fire presents 'tribute concert' with songs from Elvis, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly

Frost Fire Theatre guests enjoy the show, "Smokey Joe's cafe," in 2014. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald

WALHALLA, N.D.—Larimore, N.D., native, Craig Petersen returns to the Frost Fire stage this weekend to present a "tribute concert," honoring some of the biggest music legends in country and rock-and-roll: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly.

Performances for Petersen's show are set for 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Frost Fire Theatre, 7 miles west of Walhalla on County Road 55.

Petersen is a Frost Fire alumnus who, in 2010, starred in "The Buddy Holly Story," the theatre's most popular summer production in its 34-year history, said David Paukert, who directs Frost Fire shows.

"More than 6,500 people attended that show, the highest attendance of Frost Fire productions," he said.

Petersen also starred in the Elvis-inspired musical, "All Shook Up," in 2007 at Frost Fire, Paukert said

This weekend's tribute concert "will be a trip down memory lane," with songs like "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue," "True Love Ways" and "Johnny B. Goode," Paukert said.

Petersen will be joined on stage by backup musicians Amy Jo Paukert, keyboard; Spencer Black, electric bass; Jeff Anvinson, guitar; Riley Scheer, percussion; and Alex Stroth, sound technician.

"They all sound great together," Paukert said. "It should be a really fun, high energy concert."

Petersen, who graduated from Larimore High School in 1994, moved from Fargo in 2007 to Des Moines, Iowa, where he works full time as a clinic manager, he said.

"There are many different theatre companies in the Des Moines area," he said, "and I've worked with nearly all of them."

Before each show, guests can purchase a burger, chips, beans and macaroni salad for $10. On Saturday, food will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with entertainment provided by the band, Mud Buckets.

After the tribute concert, the Ryan Patrick band will perform in the Frost Fire Lodge.

On Sunday, the meal will be served from noon to 2 p.m.

Proceeds from this weekend's performance will fund youth activities and events at Frost Fire, Paukert said.

Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased online at or by calling (701) 549-3602. Tickets are $25 at the door.