John Denver Songbook at Marsh Symphony on the Prairie

John Denver is an icon of American music. His music is synonymous with the style and sound of popular tunes of the 1970s, and his voice has the power to transport flower children back to a time when peace and love were the two most important things in the world. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Conner Prairie team up to present The John Denver Songbook Thursday, July 8 through Saturday, July 10, 2010. Enjoy your favorite John Denver tunes at this Indianapolis music event as sung by John Denver tribute artist Jim Curry. Don’t miss this special Indianapolis art event north of Indianapolis downtown in Fishers, Indiana at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park.

Jim Curry’s voice and guitar embody the music and spirit of John Denver like no other. A fan of John Denver his whole life, Curry was hit hard by the news of Denver’s death in 1997. The loss of such a talent part of American music history had fans around the world demanding that his music survive. When Jim Curry landed an off camera role as the singing voice of John Denver in the CBS made for TV movie “Take Me Home, The John Denver Story” it seemed Curry had found a calling that would honor his hero and fulfill John Denver fans across the United States.

Don’t misunderstand, Curry is no “Vegas style” impersonator. He’s not an impersonator at all. Jim Curry simply uses his own natural voice as a tribute to the music, sharing it in the way that it was meant to be seen and heard. The honest of his performance plays into the happy coincidence that his appearance and vocal quality happen to mirror that of his hero John Denver. Curry has the rare ability to capture John Denver’s essence without impersonation.

As one of the most celebrated artists of all time, John Denver epitomizes the feel of the flower power generation. He recorded and released more than 300 songs, of which about 200 he wrote himself. In 1977, Denver was named the Poet Laureate of Colorado in recognition of his talent for verse and music. He first came into the limelight in 1969 with the album Rhymes and Reasons. Though it was not a huge hit, it contained his original song “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” which had been recorded two years earlier by Peter, Paul and Mary. Soon after his release of the song, their version skyrocketed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Having authored the most popular song on the charts, Denver had his foot in the door.

His next album Poems, Prayers and Promises gained him the recognition he deserved, reaching number 2 on the Billboard charts. He was an instant success in popular culture, coining the catch phrase “Far out!” on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. A musician with a social conscience, Denver was extremely politically active. His songs not only shared messages of peace, love, humanitarianism and environmental awareness, but he also was personally involved in a number of charitable causes including the Windstar Foundation, which he founded. Known as an outspoken advocate for liberal ideas, Denver was able to unite people through his music.

In our own trying political times, Jim Curry realizes the incredible connections between John Denver’s message and the state of things today. With difficulties in war and environmental crisis, Denver’s songs can still help people to find pride in the natural wonders of earth. In Curry’s mind, he says, “These songs blend the images of our natural earth with a love for each other as people. The care you give to someone you love is the best care. Making that connection to our earth and to each other is the goal.”

Video: Jim Curry sings John Denver Songbook at Marsh Symphony on the Prairie, Indianapolis, Indiana


Join Jim Curry and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as they share The John Denver Songbook at Conner Prairie in Marsh Symphony on the Prairie July 8 through 10, 2010. Tickets to this Indianapolis event are $10.00 for Indianapolis kids ages two to twelve and $21.00 for adults. Tables of ten are available for $49.00 each, but each member of your party must also purchase an admission ticket.

Enjoy the music of John Denver as sung by Jim Curry with the help of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at a fun Indianapolis museum. Arrive early to enjoy this Indianapolis park before the concert. Take a flight on the 1859 Balloon Voyage before or during the concert to get a bird’s eye view of this fun Indianapolis concert.

After the concert, treat yourself to drinks or dessert at any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Or check out the Fishers restaurants and Fishers bars close to Conner Prairie. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis attractions to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground!

The John Denver Songbook
July 8 to 10, 2010

Conner Prairie Living History Museum
13400 Allisonville Rd
Fishers, IN 46038

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