The Greatest Drummer You Never Knew You Knew

Sometimes, when the stars align, they align the stars with them. Case in point: On December 4, 1956, four of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest names—Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins—joined musical forces at Sun Records in Memphis to record together, for the first and only time in history.

As a diehard oldies fan, this makes me salivate. Apparently, the same was also true for Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, co-authors of Million Dollar Quartet, the rock musical coming to the State Theatre tomorrow night through April 1. Just knowing that some of my favorite songs (“Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line”) are included in this 95-minute show makes me giddy, but there’s something else you need to know, too: tomorrow night, W.S. “Fluke” Holland will be partnering with the touring Million Dollar Quartet band for an encore performance following the show. That’s right, W.S. Holland, a.k.a. the original drummer for Carl Perkins; the drummer for the recording session for which the musical was named; Johnny Cash’s drummer for almost 40 years; the first drummer to ever play on a full drum set at the Grand Ole Opry—that W.S. Holland will be rocking out at the State Theatre.

So if you were wondering what night to go see Million Dollar Quartet, well, now you know. See you there.

Million Dollar Quartet followed by a performance by W.S. Holland and band
Tuesday, March 27
7:30 p.m.
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787