by Andrew Travers, Time Out Staff Writer
Friday, October 11, 2013
Last fall, organizers of the annual “John Denver Week” celebration announced they were calling it quits after 15 years. But fear not, fans of the Aspen folk music icon, a tribute concert is returning this week and filling the Theatre Aspen’s Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park with the sounds of “Rocky Mountain High.”
Fans had gathered in Aspen each October, beginning on the first anniversary of Denver’s untimely 1997 death. The celebration of his life continues Friday, Oct. 11 under a new guise.
The tribute concert, at 3 p.m., Friday, will feature John Denver Week perennial Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon playing Denver classics like "Country Roads", "Annie's Song," "Grandma's Featherbed" in his pitch-perfect authentic interpretations.
Collins and Boulder Canyon are not quite an impersonation act. But the similarities between Collins’ and Denver’s voices are unmistakable, offering the audience an emotional connection to the music and singer they loved. Collins also brings Denver’s trademark “life ain’t nothin’ but a funny, funny riddle” optimism and enthusiasm to the stage.
Tickets are $50 and available at www.bouldercanyonband.tix.com. Proceeds from the concert will go to support the John Denver Sanctuary.