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           Editor: Emily M. Parris
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              Table of Contents
           June 2009 - Issue #182

John Denver Events............................2
Concert Reviews:
"Country Roads, The Music of John Denver"
  Rochester, New York
  Reviewed by Martha Jodoin...................6
Life Ain't Nothin' But A Funny, Funny Riddle..6
"John Denver's Music Alive with John Adams"
  Summit Daily News - May 1, 2009.............7

John Denver Notes.............................8
Poetry Corner:
  "The Poetry In Nature"
          by Carole Romanowski................9
John Denver Want Ads.........................10
          Rejoice in the creative spirit
          that lives in you. Use it consciously
          to create the life and the world you want...
                                 John Denver

         J O H N   D E N V E R   E V E N T S
June 13, 2009 – Hamilton, OH – “Friends With You” Band
  (859) 567-2955 
June 13, 2009  - Liberty, NC -  
  Christopher Westfall Presents:  John Denver - A Musical Retrospective
  Liberty Showcase, Liberty, North Carolina  7:30pm  Join Chris for a
  splendid evening of music in this theater located in the Piedmont area of 
  North Carolina.  Chris will be doing a comprehensive review of John 
  Denver's music, as well as original pieces. Tickets are $12 in advance 
  Or $15 at the door.  Please call: 1-336-622-3844 or go to 
June 14, 2009 - JAPAN - John Denver Tribute Concert in Ginza, Tokyo - Tanaka   
  Takeru sings John Denver's best-loved hits, joined by Suga Katsutoshi and
  Daniel Clay Idol / Ginza TACT / 6-9-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN /
  +81-3-3571-3939 (03-3571-3939) / 1:00pm / 2,800 yen
June 14, 2009 - Breckenridge, CO - John Adams & Friends play the music of
  John Denver / Noon to 3:00pm - Main Street Station / Free Concert
June 19, 2009 - Kennecott, Alaska - "John Denver Solstice
  Tribute 6:00pm Recreation Hall / Live music, video, potluck
  dinner and storytelling 
info@wrangells.org  (907) 554-4464
June 19, 2009 – Westampton, NJ – Charlie Zahm presents a Tribute to
  John Denver with fiddler Tad Marks and guitarist, Steve Hobson.
  Burlington County Amphitheater 6:30pm  5 Pioneer Blvd /
  Westampton, NJ  *  
  Info:  pahough@aol.com  The event is free.
June 25, 2009 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Phil Christie in Concert /
  The Free Times Cafe / 320 College Street / Toronto, Canada  $6 Cover
  (416) 967-1078 for reservations / 
  9:00pm  *   http://www.philchristie.com
June 26, 2009  -  Medford, NJ -  Chris Westfall in Concert 7:00pm
  Village of Taunton Forge Summer Concert Series
  Taunton and Tuckerton Roads, Medford, NJ  7:00pm
  Come on out and join Chris for an evening of music under the stars in
  Taunton Forge's beautiful pavilion. Bring a chair and dust off the vocal 
  chords.   This is a free outdoor concert nestled in the village.
June 27, 2009 - Denver, CO - "John Denver - The Tribute" with
  Roy Rivers, featuring Steve Weisberg.  8:00pm $25
  Red Rocks Amphitheater
June 27, 2009 - UK - John Denver Tribute and Charity Concert
  Thingwall Recreation Centre, Sparks Lane 7:30pm
  Jim Gallacher, Vocal Point and Mark Robinson will perform
June 27, 2009 - JAPAN - John Denver Tribute Concert in Komae, Tokyo - Tanaka
  Takeru sings John Denver's best-loved hits. / add9th / 1-2-6 Nakaizumi,
  Komae-city, Tokyo, JAPAN / +81-3-3480-4996 (03-3480-4996) / 7:30 pm /
July 11, 2009 - Modesto, CA - "A Tribute to the Music of John Denver"
  starring Jim Curry and his band.  Gallo Center for the Arts
  Mary Stewart Rogers Theater  (209) 338-2100 
  toll free:  1-877-488-3380 
July 14, 2009 - Estes Park, CO - "John Denver Tribute
  Concert" - TropiCowboy Band / Brad & Kathy Fitch
July 25, 2009 - Hesston, PA - "Headin' To The Mountains II":
  An Evening with Christopher Westfall!  7:30pm  Seven Points
  Amphitheater, Raystown Lake, 7 Points Road, Hesston, PA.
srose312@embarqmail.com  *  http://raystown.nab.usace.army.mil/.
July 31, 2009 - Breckenridge, CO - John Adams & Friends play the music
  of John Denver 7:00pm  Riverwalk Center  $15
August 1, 2009 - Hesston, PA - "Friends With You Band - Tribute to
   John Denver 7:00 - 10:00pm / Seven Points Amphitheater - Raystown Lake
   Seven Points Road - Hesston, PA / Free admission but donations accepted.
   Suzanne <
srose312@embarqmail.com > or
   Patty <
pjspiker@verizon.net >
August 2, 2009 - Dana Point, CA - "A Tribute to the Music of John Denver"
  starring Jim Curry and his band - City of Dana Point, Heritage Park
  34400 Old Golden Lantern  (949) 248-3530
http://www.danapoint.org  *   http://www.jimcurrymusic.com
August 7, 2009 - Holly Springs, PA - Chris Collins and friends in
  Concert 7:00 p.m, Tickets: $15.00 Holly Inn, 31 Baltimore Ave, Mt.
  Holly Springs, PA  Info:
srose312@embarqmail.com or pjspiker@verizon.net
www.hollyinn.com or the Holly Inn 717-486-3823.
August 14, 2009 – Van Wert, Ohio – Tribute to John Denver starring Ted
  Vigil and his band.  Fountain Park – Van Wert, OH
August 15, 2009 – Saratoga Springs, NY – The Upstate New York John Denver
  Potluck Picnic 10am – 6pm Family picnic area near the playground / 16
  Roosevelt Drive / Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
August 21-22, 2009 – South lake Tahoe, CA – 6th Annual “Dancing With the  
  Mountains: A Musical Tribute to John Denver” featuring the “Friends With You 
  Band” as well as “Aspen Meadow”  Tickets $15 – Tahoe Valley RV Resort /
  1175 Melba Drive / South lake Tahoe, CA
  Laurie Kern  
lkern@sbcglobal,net    916-416-3547
 September 5, 2009 - Big Bear Lake, CA - "A Tribute to the Music of John Denver"
  starring Jim Curry and his Band.  (909) 866-3437
September 12, 2009 - Claremont, CA - " A Tribute to the Music of
  John Denver" starring Jim Curry
  Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden  (909) 625-8767
September 18, 2009 - Charlottesville, VA - "A Tribute to the Music
  of John Denver" will be performed by Jim Curry, his band, and
  special guest Jim Connor  8:00pm at the Paramount Theater,
  215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  (434) 979-1333
September 26, 2009 - UK - Friends of John Denver's Autumn "Denver Day"
   Histon & Impington Royal British Legion Club, Saffron Road, Histon,
   Cambridge, CB24 9LJ.  11:00am  / More info on the "Events Page" at
    An evening concert will feature Rene and Thomas from "Nickels & Dimes"
October 7, 2009 - Aspen, CO - Chris Collins in Concert at the
  Aspen Community Church  7:00pm  Tickets: $15
  Jeff Pine will also perform. Chris and Jeff will perform
  original music along with a few John Denver tunes.
holliecwoodstock@aol.com  (678) 576-0269
  Doors open at 6:30pm
October 8, 2009 - Aspen CO - Wheeler Opera House –
   Featuring the original music of: MACK BAILEY - DENNY BROOKS - BILL DANOFF -  
   Tickets go on sale June 2009! 
October 8, 2009 - Aspen, CO - "Friends With You Band Tribute to John Denver"
   Chris Collins, Mark Cormican, Kevin Delmolino, Paul Swanton, Bill Powell
   and Mark Nelson perform at the Aspen Community Church   2:00pm
   Tickets: $15  Sharon
   Doors open at 1:30pm
   Celebrating the Man and his Music
   MICHAEL JOHNSON (special guest - both nights!)
   Tickets go on sale June 2009! 
   http://www.aspenshowtickets.com  (866) 449-0464
October 10, 2009 - Ashcroft, CO - Pine Creek Cookhouse Luncheon
  11:00am - 3:00pm / Tickets $50 includes a gourmet lunch.
  A DVD from the film libtrary of Mr. John Wilcox will be available
  for purchase at the event. It is not included in the admission price.   
  "Friends With You Band" will perform.  The event is sold out but a
  waiting list will be kept. Email Jennifer at
October 11, 2009 - Pacific Grove, California - John Denver Tribute -
October 11, 2009 – Aspen, CO - Jim Connor and Ellen Stapenhorst will
  present a FUN concert at the Aspen Community Church,  200 E. Bleeker St in
  downtown Aspen. 3:00pm Donation, $15 if ordered with SASE before October 1,
  or $20 at the door.  To order send a SASE (self-addressed-stamped-envelope)
  to J. Therrien, 12 Dunecrest Av, Monterey, CA 93940.
October 11, 2009 - Aspen, CO - "Coming Home - A Windstar Celebration"
  Windstar Land Conservancy / 2317 Snowmass Creek Road /
  Old Snowmass, Colorado  10:00am - 4:00pm
  Live music, new Windstar products, silent auction,  Environmental
  presentation by John Fielder / Special Windstar History Presentation
  featuring rare photos / Q&A's with President Ron Deutschendorf /
  JD Memorial Peace Cloth Display / EARTHcamp and Connections Presentations
  History walk / Hike to the Meditation Platform / Refreshments
October 11, 2009 – Aspen, CO – Mark Cormican – A Concert for Vital Ground /
  Mark will perform original and cover songs in this environmentally themed
  Concert.  7:00pm  Tickets $15 – Location to be announced.
  Sharon Cormican  
alaskanchild@yahoo.com  http://www.vitalground.org
October 11, 2009 - Aspen, CO - "Rocky Mountain High John Denver Tribute Concert"
  with John Adams and Friends.  Wheeler Opera House 7:00pm. Tickets go on sale
  June 19, 2009  (970) 920-5770  Reserved seating $35
http://www.JohnAdamsMusic.com  *  www.youtube.com/JohnAdamsMusic
  The band will consist of John Adams; Guitars and lead vocals,
  Tim Stroud, piano, keyboards and vocals; Randy Utterback, Mandolin,
  Fiddle and Dobro; Dave Harding, lead Guitar; Willie Hoevers, Percussion;
  Salena Castleberry and Sally Peterson, Vocals
Branson, MO - Monday through Saturday 10:00am
  "A Tribute to John Denver & Country Music Legends"
  James Garrett sings John Denver's best-loved hits.
  IMAX Little Opry Theatre / 3562 Shepherd of the Hills
  Expressway / Branson, MO 65616  (800) 419-4832

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“Country Roads:  The Songs of John Denver”
Downstairs Cabaret Theatre
Rochester, New York
Reviewed by Martha Jodoin
    This show has its world premiere at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, New York now
through at least the middle of June and hopefully longer. It was conceived by Randal Myler and Dan
Wheetman (one of the original band members of John Denver’s Band). 
    It was a great show with three talented singers.  One is Ryan Nearhoff
who was in the first national touring company of Almost Heaven:  The
Songs of John Denver.  Benjamin Zep Misek was also in Almost Heaven:
Songs of John Denver (National Tour).  Lauren Stevens is new to the
John Denver scene.  Jack Boice is the narrator. 
    Seth Weinstein is the musical director/pianist and Mark Weeg
plays fiddle/mandolin.  Ryan and Jack play guitar.
    For a show like this it is not only important to be a good singer (which they are) but also to
be a good actor.  Ryan, Benjamin and Lauren do a fantastic job of singing their songs and portraying
the emotions that John Denver wrote about.  Almost twenty songs included solos, duets, and the whole
ensemble, with some audience participation.
    Pictures of John Denver and his family are used as a backdrop.  Some of the nature pictures were
taken by John.  This show reminds us of the beautiful music John wrote and of his environmental
concerns.  It is not to be missed.
Martha Jodoin
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Life ain’t nothin’ but a funny, funny riddle
By L. David Wheeler, staff writer
Daily Messenger
May 14, 2009
Rochester, N.Y. — The music of Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. — better known as John Denver — are
ingrained in the American consciousness. Whether they’re Denver fans or not, almost everybody knows
that the phrase “Almost heaven” is properly followed by “West Virginia.” And that — “Take Me Home,
Country Roads” — is just one of the songs Denver left behind, songs about love and loss and simple
pleasures and leaving a positive mark on the planet.
    Randal Myler didn’t know John Denver personally. But his friend and frequent collaborator Dan
Wheetman, was a close friend and a colleague, touring and recording with Denver for seven years.
Myler and Wheetman had put together a Christmas show at the Wheeler Opera House in Denver’s adopted
hometown of Aspen, Colo. — Denver’s hits combined with some traditional Christmas music in his style
— and thought to expand on it.
    “We decided to put together something that could run year-round, but to keep it in a real simple
vein, nothing too orchestrated,” Myler said by phone Tuesday, “in an honest, simple, direct style.”
What they put together was “Country Roads: The Songs of John Denver,” which has made its world
premiere at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. The performances continue through June 14.
    The show features six performers: pianist Seth Weinstein; Mark Weeg on fiddle and mandolin; and
singers Ryan Nearhoff, Benjamin Zep Misek, Lauren Stevens and Jack Boice (who also plays guitar).
    It’s a low-key show — the cast simply sings and plays Denver’s songs, with occasional narration
taken from Denver’s own writings and from Wheetman’s, while photographic images are shown behind
them: images of Denver and his family, and many nature images taken by the singer himself, who died
in 1997 in a plane crash.
    While adamant that they weren’t trying to present Denver’s life story, the show does follow a
certain narrative arc. The first half is heavy on songs evoking simple pleasures from rural life and
childhood (“Grandma’s Feather Bed,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” etc.); the discovery of awakening
love (as in “Annie’s Song”); and the exhilaration he found in the mountains, as in “Rocky Mountain
But the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullabye ...
    The second half is more reflective, its keys tending toward the minor, as it presents songs of
lost love and loneliness (“I’m Sorry,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane”), transitioning into songs
reflecting on what’s been learned through the experience of love found and lost (“Perhaps Love”) and
reflective of Denver’s growing environmental and social-justice passion (“Calypso,” “I Want to
    “It’s a young cast, but they’re magnificent in this,” Myler said, “delivering it with an honesty
and a simplicity that I admire, even in its early form.”
    Myler’s a familiar name to Downstairs Cabaret patrons: He also developed the Janis Joplin show
“Love, Janis,” using letters the rock-blues singer sent home as a unifying motif; that show is still
running at DCT.
    Myler has received Tony and Drama Desk nominations (“It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues/Lincoln
Center”) and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for his direction of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,”
a collaboration with music director Wheetman. Wheetman’s projects, past and present are many, as an
actor, musical director, composer and musician. He toured with Denver, wrote a Christmas song for
Kermit the Frog, opened for Steve Martin for a year, and performed with artists ranging from Itzack
Perlman to R. Crumb.
    “I think he was the whole package,” Myler said of Denver. “He had warts like everyone else, he
was no saint — but in the end, he tried to be a person of the planet. He put his money, and his
talent, where his mouth was. ... He became famous, but it didn’t tell him who he was. Eventually, he
realized who he was: ‘I’m a person of the Earth.’”
WHAT: “Country Roads: The Songs of John Denver”
WHEN: Through June 14: 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 6 p.m. Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3
p.m. Sundays
WHERE: Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor St., Rochester
TICKETS: Range from $27-$32 (discounts available for seniors, groups, full-time students and DCT
DETAILS: (585) 325-4370,

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John Denver's Music Alive with John Adams
Summit Daily News
Frisco, Colorado
by Kimberly Nicoletti
May 1, 2009
     John Adams isn’t just a fan of John Denver’s music; he played with Denver on a television
special before Denver’s untimely death in 1997.  After getting to know Denver, Adams felt like he
was sharing stories with a close family member. They’d talk about life, their love for acoustic
guitars and their shows in China.  Adams moved to Silverthorne from his native land of Holland after
Denver died; since then he has been committed to keeping Denver’s music alive in the States, as well
as in Europe.
     And he’s had great success. After winning a national song contest in Holland (akin to “America
Idol” here) in 1988 with Denver’s “Leaving On a Jet Plane,” he began performing Denver’s music
throughout Europe, and even in Africa and China.
     Though he recently moved to the Front Range, Adams still plays with three Summit County
musicians, each of whom have earned their own status as musicians.
     Husband and wife team Tim Stoud (keyboards) and Keely Brown (backup vocals, accordion, harp and
percussion) have toured extensively and even enjoyed a stint performing on Carnival cruise ships.
Willie Hoevers (bass guitar, drums, percussion) moved to the U.S. from Holland at age 7 and has
toured extensively with Adams throughout the Rocky Mountain state. All have been touched by Denver
in some way.    “He was a great influence on me as far as where I’m living now,” said Hoevers, who
moved to Summit County in 1988. “His music made me feel like I belonged here.”
     Though the band doesn’t imitate Denver (in glasses or hair style), they do play his music
exactly the way he wrote it — note for note, guitar lick for guitar lick.
“It reaches everybody,” Hoevers said. “It’s timeless. There’s a lot of passion, a lot of romance, a
lot of love for the Earth and the land in his music. People of all ages relate to it; they can
actually feel what he’s talking about.”
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 J O H N   D E N V E R   N O T E S
Frank from California posted some exciting news last night:
     I was fortunate to see John's concert at the Universal Amphitheatre on August
26th, 1974. I was 14 at the time, and was there with my 19 year-old brother. The show was recorded
and released the following February as the album, 'An Evening with John Denver'. Even today I still
consider it to be among John's best work.
At the concert we noticed several professional camera rigs recording it, and for over 30 years I've
wondered what happened to this footage. In addition to being acoustically perfect, the show was
visually stunning: John had three huge video screens behind him, and the sheer beauty of these
images and videos was often breathtaking. If you listen closely you can hear the audience's initial
reaction to these screens during 'Mother Nature's Son', toward the start of the concert.
Well, after so many years, and so many inquiries about this video footage, I was beginning to think
I had just imagined these cameras. But today, miracle of miracles, I got an email from Cherry Lane
that said they found this footage (!!!) during the most recent cataloging of their video archives.
They said it will be released in about a year.
This is fantastic news for JD fans, and I know from first-hand experience this video is a
rediscovered treasure. I'm posting this news simply as a heads up, and asking people to please
refrain from contacting Cherry Lane about further details. They were generous enough to look through
their archives for this footage and I don't wish to repay them with hundreds (or maybe thousands) of
emails from other JD fans, most of whom will be asking the same questions over and over.
Thank you,
Frank DeCarlo
Let’s hope this comes to fruition!
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Dawn Publications will be publishing a new book in the John Denver and Kids series this August, and
they have a preview on their website:
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POLICE BLOTTER — Stumbling' drunk at JD's sanctuary
by Andrew Travers 
Aspen Daily News 
     John Denver's enduring spirit of peace and love got an 80-proof dose of boozy reality last
Monday afternoon. Police responded to a report of several people arguing at the folk singer's rock
garden on the Roaring Fork River. On scene they confronted a 44-year-old man, who allegedly stood
up, stumbled forward, fell down, dropped his bottle of Early Times whiskey, drank from said bottle,
and was then arrested for drinking in public.
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Kevin Bacon's band to perform on top of Pikes Peak
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) — Move over John Denver.
This will be a real Rocky Mountain high.
    Actor Kevin Bacon's band is set to play a concert on top of 14,110-foot Pikes Peak as part of a
cancer charity fundraiser.
The Bacon Brothers, Cy Curnin of The Fixx and The White Buffalo will perform June 27 for about 100
people hiking to the summit to raise money the Love Hope Strength Foundation. The foundation says
Curnin plans to play at the base in the morning and join hikers on the climb. The Bacon Brothers
expect to perform at the top around 1 p.m. for those who reach the summit. The foundation previously
has held concerts at Machu Picchu in Peru and Mount Everest to raise funds
for cancer treatment and to raise awareness about bone marrow donation.
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Steve Dafoe has a tribute song to John Denver called "Back As An Eagle
(Ode to John Denver)".  It can be heard on his website:
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The Poetry in Nature
         by Carole Romanowski 
"Two (poets) diverged in a yellow wood"
On like path but at different times.
Both held nature in deep esteem
One through song, the other through rhymes.
John Denver loved the Aspen trees.
Robert Frost the maple, birch, the oak.
He penned poems on their lasting beauty.
Drew mental pictures with his pen's stroke.
But John Denver ventured one step further.
He instructed us in preserving the trees
And all living things in our environment
For none is the least of these.
John and Frost, "Mother Nature's Sons"
And nature lovers remembered since
Both took the road "less traveled by"
"And that has made all the difference."

(copyright by Carole Romanowski)
J O H N   D E N V E R   W A N T   A D S
WINDSTAR PRODUCTIONS is looking for high quality concert & candid photographs of John Denver,
for a soon to be released DVD box set of unreleased John Denver concerts from around the world. 
All photographs must have been filmed by the submitter who owns the copyright, we cannot accept
photographs from you taken by other photographers.  We are also looking for high resolution
scans of any concert memorabilia, such as tickets, posters, hand bills, newspaper advertisements,
etc.   There will be no payments, but we will send a free box set to whoever submitted accepted
and used material.  While we cannot promise it, if the DVD label includes a thank you section, we
will also put your name there.  
Please send an email that clearly states that you give Windstar Productions permission to use your
submissions, along with your name & address to:  johndenver@enliven.tv
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Nick B has many John Denver items available:
Email him for a list.
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Windstar Foundation
Michiel's Video Clips
John's Final Concert 10-5-97
John Denver Videos
John Denver Spain Fan Club

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