John Denver Tribute Concert Next Tuesday, July 14th
If you loved John Denver, you’ll love this tribute to one of Colorado’s musical icons.
The 6th Annual 2009 John Denver Tribute Concert featuring Brad and Kathy Fitch and the TropiCowboy Band will be held at the Stanley Park Rodeo Arena on the evening of July 14. Gates open at 4:00 p.m.; performance at 7:30 p.m.
The John Denver Tribute Concert has become an annual event in Estes Park, and says Cowboy Brad, “This is one of the most gratifying concerts that we perform, as we are proud to keep Denver’s music, memory and message alive through these events. I am absolutely thrilled to be performing this concert in Estes Park.”
This concert will be sponsored by and performed to benefit the Lions Club of Estes Park, as a fund raiser for its many service programs. Brad continued, “It is important to us that funds raised from this event go to a cause that John Denver himself would have believed in.”
John Denver has always been a favorite of Cowboy Brad, who even resembles Denver. He stated, “I first learned some John Denver songs when I heard his early hit records on the radio. Throughout the years, I have learned more of his songs and come to appreciate the diversity and thoughtfulness in his song catalog. Not only are his melodies unforgettable, his lyrics evoke such beautiful images of the natural world. I share many of John Denver’s convictions, which are fully present in his songs. He truly was a voice of reason, compassion and appreciation, and I am proud to be among the many singers throughout the world who is keeping his music, message and memory alive today. The things he had to say and the wonderful songs he wrote are too important to be forgotten. I greatly admire that he was one who used his celebrity for a higher purpose. John Denver worked to protect wild lands and habitats for endangered species. He promoted world peace, the planting of trees, and the feeding of the world’s hungry populations. He was one of, if not the first, western entertainers to perform in the USSR and China during the 1980s. Several of his songs are of a spiritual nature, and his recordings can bring tears to my eyes. His legacy is most impressive.”
In this concert Brad and Kathy Fitch and the TropiCowboy Band will be performing many of John Denver’s most loved songs.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the Lions Club. They conduct vision and health screenings, build parks, support eye hospitals, award scholarships, assist youth, provide help in time of disaster, foster international relations and much more. And Lions Clubs’ cultural and environmental programs help us to understand, celebrate and protect our planet and its inhabitants, much like John Denver did himself.
Locally, the Estes Park Lions Club supports many community activities including vision and hearing screenings as well as the provision for eyeglasses and hearing aids for individuals in need. They also make regular contributions to many local organizations such as the Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Habitat for Humanity, Estes Valley
Victim’s Advocates, and Colorado Lions Camp for handicapped children.
Gates open at 4:00 at the fairgrounds and opening band for the evening at 6:00 p.m. will be Deja Blue, an energetic band performing classics from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Ticket price is $20 in advance; $25 at the gate, $30 for a Premium Box; $35 at the gate. To see a video clip of last year’s concert, check out www.estesparknews.com or the Estes Park Lions website listed below.
Get your tickets at Macdonald Book Shop, 152 E. Elkhorn Ave., the Estes Park Visitor Center 500 Big Thompson Ave., or at Optical Perspectives in Upper Stanley Village or get them online at www.EstesParkLionsClub.org. For more information, call 970-577-1027.