"John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert" visits the Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Tickets are $42.50, $37.50 and $27.50.
This month marks the 15th anniversary of Denver's passing. His estate will honor his memory and music with "John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert." Audiences will watch Denver perform on video screens while being backed live by members of his original touring band and accompanying string section. For the first time in 15 years, audiences will experience Denver in concert, performing hit songs from throughout his career. Over the years a number of tribute acts have kept Denver's music alive, but never before has there been a production of this caliber presented by Denver's estate.
Denver was an American folk singer and songwriter who became one of the most popular singers of the 1970s. By 1969, he had released his first album, "Rhymes and Reasons," which included the hit song "Leaving on a Jet Plane." His breakthrough album, "Poems, Prayers and Promises," came out in 1971 and contained the single "Take Me Home, Country Roads." The string of hits became virtually ceaseless after that, including "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine on my Shoulders," "Annie's Song," "Back Home Again," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," and "I'm Sorry/Calypso."
Today, Denver's status as a cultural icon stands undiminished. His popularity and continuing influence on popular culture more than a decade after his untimely death in 1997 is remarkable. Contemporary artists have not only been clearly influenced by Denver's music, they have revived his catalog as well, covering the old tunes in a variety of new ways. Regardless of the venue or musical genre, Denver's music is routinely heard live on stage from a wide variety of touring musicians, including the likes of The Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, Carrie Underwood and more.
This production provides fans the opportunity to witness notable artists performing Denver's unforgettable music. It's also the chance to experience several artists who helped influence Denver's own musical vision, as well as fellow artists that were Denver's close associates and either performed with or knew Denver closely.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m.