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John Denver tribute set in Detroit Lakes

Submitted photo Ted Vigil performs the music of John Denver in a tribute show on Friday at Detroit Lakes, Minn.

A “Rocky Mountain High” John Denver Tribute will be performed at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes, Minn., on Friday, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This show is underwritten by Foltz Trucking, Detroit Lakes.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for students and can be purchased by calling 218-844-7469, visiting the Box Office at 806 Summit Ave, or online at

Ted Vigil, a man who, according to longtime Denver guitar accompanist Steve Weisberg, closely resembles John both physically and musically, is carrying on the tradition honoring this music icon. Weisberg now accompanies Vigil.

Vigil is not an impersonator, but rather sings a tribute to Denver. People miss Denver; Vigil is doing his best to pay homage.

Vigil had been writing, recording and performing his original compositions, leading to winning the national title for Talent Quest in Laughlin, Nev., in 2006. After this win, Vigil began to plan a John Denver Tribute show. He began singing his way all over the U.S. and in 2007 shared the stage with Keith Anderson, Jeff Bates and Kevin Sharp on the annual Traveling Kountry Kruz with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

That same year Vigil won the Komo TV 4’s Northwest Afternoon “Celebrity Look-alike” contest, and in 2010 he performed with Denver’s lead guitarist, Weisberg, and Eddie Kilgallon, keyboard player for award-winning bands Ricochet and Montgomery Gentry. Vigil and Kigallon wrote a couple of songs which they’ve since recorded in Nashville on their new CD project Sing My Songs, which Kigallon produced.

The legendary Denver’s music was a combination of romance — “Annie’s Song;” folk — “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane;” country — “Thank God I’m a Country Boy;” and environmentalist — “Calypso.  He recorded nearly 300 songs, 200 of which he composed, which led to 12 gold and four platinum albums; he was also awarded an Emmy and two Grammys.

The Holmes Theatre’s 2013-2014 Season is sponsored by MMCDC, the city of Detroit Lakes, Shooting Star Casino and Detroit Lakes Newspapers.

The Historic Holmes Theatre opened in May 2002. Since that time, it’s hosted more than 100,000 audience members, 270 performances and 40 free shows. Last year alone, more than 22,000 people attended main stage shows, and more than 5,500 area students attended daytime school shows. For more information, visit