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Almost Heaven Collins, band pay tribute to Denver

ZELIENOPLE — Chris Collins and members of the Boulder Canyon band will pay tribute to the music and life of John Denver in a special concert event April 12. Collins and Boulder Canyon have made a commitment to keep the music and message of John Denver alive. Members of Denver’s former band have played with Boulder Canyon, and some of Denver’s family have joined Collins on stage. Last year while in Pennsylvania, Collins played with Jim Connor, writer of “Grandma’s Feather Bed.” On Oct. 12, Collins and Boulder Canyon were the featured show for the 16th annual John Denver Celebration in Aspen, Colo. Their most recent CD, “Boulder Canyon: A Tribute to John Denver” recorded live at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, is a moving tribute to Denver’s songwriting. Collins has received multiple awards as a singer and songwriter. He has also received awards for his work on environmental and social concerns. In 2012, he was awarded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers medal for his environmental and volunteer work. The Zelienople show will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Strand Theater and will feature some of Denver’s biggest hits like “Annie’s Song,” “Take Me Home Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 724-742-0400.
 
Chris Collins and Alexander Mitchell perform at Theatre Aspen in Colorado last year. Collins and members of the Boulder Canyon band will perform April 12 in Zelienople