Jim Curry looks enough like John Denver so that when he starts to sing, it can feel kind of surreal. “Annie’s Song,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Calypso” ... you can find Curry on YouTube singing these songs, and it’s pretty convincing.
Curry, who was featured on the CBS TV movie “The John Denver Story,” is generally regarded as the best Denver tribute artist around. He has performed with a number of Denver’s own band members, and he works with Lee Holdridge, who wrote the original arrangements that John Denver used when he wanted a symphonic sound. It is said that Curry’s take on Denver’s songs is especially convincing because instead of trying to be a copy, he sings simply in his natural voice.
On Feb. 26 and 27, Curry will be bringing a John Denver tribute to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. On the podium will be another magnetic personality – the BPO’s new principal pops conductor, John Morris Russell. The show, which Curry designed with the assistance of Holdridge, is described as a sentimental tribute to Denver and will feature songs from the duration of his career.
The concert takes place at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26 and 8 p.m. Feb. 27. Tickets are $34.50-$86.50. For info, call 885-5000 or visit bpo.org.