John Denver tribute is on tap for the holidays

Audiences will be taken home for the holidays by country roads at a Christmas show at the Arcadia Theater.

A John Denver Christmas with Ted Vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber, and it will celebrate the beloved music of the Rocky Mountain troubadour.

Cherished songs such as “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song” and Sunshine of My Shoulder” along with other Denver hits and seasonal music will be performed.

Vigil’s uncanny physical and vocal resemblance to Denver will charm audiences with his inspirational tribute to John Denver and his musical legacy.

“The thing that will amaze the audience the most is how much he looks like John Denver,” said Jerry Ledney, executive director the theater. “He’s the spitting image of Denver in his prime.”

Although Vigil has performed in the area before, this will be his first time at the Arcadia Theater.

“He’ll do Denver’s traditional music that everyone knows plus some holiday music,” Ledney said. “One of the reasons people come to his shows is because it puts them into the Christmas spirit.”

Vigil, who is a Seattle native, began singing at an early age.

He has been performing since the age of 10 throughout school in concert, symphonic and jazz bands developing his talents as a drummer and singer.

In 2006 Vigil went on to Laughlin, Nevada, to compete in Talent Quest 2006 involving 28 states, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, where he took first place.

He then went on to win Komo TV 4’s Northwest Afternoon Celebrity Look-Alike contest as Denver.

A highlight of Vigil’s career was performing with Denver’s lead guitarist, Steve Weisberg, in 2010.

He has performed all over the country, including the John Denver Festival and The CMA Fan Fair Festival in Nashville.

Vigil also has released his CD, “Sing My Songs.”

Attendees will be able to meet Vigil after the show, and the musician will sign autographs and pose for pictures in the lobby.

Tickets are $36, $32 and $28.

“There are only a couple dozen tickets left and they are going fast, so if you want to attend you need to get them soon,” Ledney said.

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