Aspen Plans to Mark 20th Anniversary of John Denver’s Death

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Musician John Denver passed away in 1997 after crashing his personal experimental aircraft in California. Learn how Aspen, Colorado plans to remember their former resident.

On the 20th anniversary of singer-songwriter John Denver’s death, Aspen, Colorado will hold a series of musical events on the weekend of October 12-14, 2017. The events will be held in the town’s Wheeler Opera House. There will be concerts honoring Denver, storytelling by former band mates, and a screening of the documentary, “Great Voices Sing John Denver.”

This event is co-produced by Strut and Santa Rita productions.

“After a five-year hiatus, I realized how much we all missed having these amazing musicians with strong connections to John together on the stage,” Strut Productions’ Mark Johnson said in a statement. “It feels like the right time to once again remember John’s life and music and how he brought us all together.”

The weekend’s festivities will include:

Oct. 12 @ 7:30 p.m. — “John Denver: Rhymes & Reasons” will feature Denver songs and memories from friends and band mates. Music and stories from Bill Danoff, Jim Horn, Chris Nole, Alan Deremo, Mollie Weaver, Mack Bailey, Jim Salestrom, Denny Brooks, Richie Garcia, Gary Mule Deer and Jim Curry will also take place this night.

Oct. 13-14 @ 7:30 p.m. — “The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Life and Music of John Denver” will feature dozens of Denver’s biggest hits. Performers will also include Danoff, Horn, Nole, Deremo, Weaver, Bailey, Salestrom, Brooks, Garcia, Mule Deer, Curry and Gordon Lustig.

Oct. 14 @ 1:30 p.m. — A screening of “Great Voices Sing John Denver.” The documentary. Followed by a Q&A with the director/co-producer Kenneth Shapiro, co-producer Elisa Justice and award-winning arranger and composer Lee Holdridge.

Tickets for the tribute event can be purchased via this website or by calling 970-920-5770 or 866-449-0464.

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