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John Denver Tribute Show (sold out)
April 20 @ 7:30 pm| $15.00
Join us Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm for a John Denver Tribute Show, hosted by Souvenirs with special guests Seph Custer, Carrie Hinkley, TK Wimmer, Stella Trudel, Emily Tucker-Blankenship and Jerry Wood. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 day of show, if available.
Rocky Mountain High – A Tribute to John Denver
One of the world’s best-known and best-loved performers, John Denver earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor, environmentalist and humanitarian. Denver’s career spanned four decades and his music has outlasted countless musical trends and garnered numerous awards and honors.
Denver’s artistic journey began at age eleven when he was given his grandmother’s guitar. In 1963 he struck out on his own, moving to Los Angeles to be in the heart of the burgeoning music scene. It was during this time that Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. was urged by friends to change his name if a recording career was to be in his future. He took his stage name from the beautiful capital city of his favorite state, Colorado.
John Denver experienced his first major break in the music industry when he was chosen from 250 other hopefuls as lead singer for the popular Chad Mitchell Trio. Two years and three albums later, Denver had honed his considerable vocal talent and developed his own songwriting style. He gained recognition when his song “Leaving On A Jet Plane” was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, becoming their first and only number one hit.
Denver began climbing up the pop charts as a solo act with songs like “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Back Home Again,” “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” and “Calypso,” solidifying his position as one of the top stars of the 1970s.
Denver contributed his talents to the benefit of many charitable and environmental causes and received numerous civic and humanitarian awards over the years. Fans responded to his heartfelt urgings about ecology, peace, and compassion that were consistently delivered in a gentle manner on his records and at live performances.
“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves we are the same.” – John Denver
In 1985 he was invited by the Soviet Union of Composers to perform in the USSR, inspiring the internationally acclaimed song “Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For?).” The success of his visit lead to a concert tour of the USSR in 1986. These were the first performances by an American artist since the Cold War began.
Denver was also the first artist from the West to do a multi-city tour of mainland China, in October 1992. He was somewhat astonished to discover how popular and well known his songs were in China. “‘Country Roads,’” he was told, “is the most famous song written in the West.”
John Denver died tragically in a plane crash on October 12, 1997. Today, millions of fans old and new enjoy the work of this extraordinary performer. Thirty albums and four decades after he began, John Denver’s music is as relevant as ever. His humanitarian work continues to strengthen our global village, and his dynamic celebration of life, spirit and nature is a powerful inspiration to us all.
So plan to come out for a Tribute concert hosted by Souvenirs (David Cannaday, Dave Fason and Rusty May) along with special guests for the Floyd Country Store’s 6th Annual tribute concert of one of this country’s most enduring musical talents, John Denver!