Those Were the Days

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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Those Were the Days, featuring William Florian, is an upbeat, energetic, musical journey of Americas greatest songs of the 60’s including songs he performed as a lead singer of the famous New Christy Minstrels plus the music of Peter Paul & Mary, John Denver, Pete Seeger, The Mamas & The Papas, and uplifting originals presented with amusing stories in an intimate show.

“William Florian was a perfect combination of musician and storyteller, blending wonderful music with humor and memoir. Our sold-out audience loved every minute of it, from the opening bars to the encore, and is begging for a return visit.”
—Lauren Wolk
Cultural Art Center Of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, MAPlacerville, California

“William is an exceptional performer. He is not only a gifted and very professional musician, but a delightful comedian, as well. His stage presence and personality are stellar – he reaches out and grabs the audience from the very get go and keeps them involved and entertained right through his final number. His repertoire is broad and covers the era of 60’s folk music well. But, perhaps most delightful of all, the spirit of that time appears to have stayed with William. He seems to truly believe in the goodness of people, the brotherhood of mankind, and our place as stewards of the earth. I give him my highest recommendation. Thanks William!”
—Placerville, California

“Dear William, You were phenomenal tonight! The consensus was that this was the best event we have had to date and anyone who couldn’t come missed out on a fun filled, song filled evening. I so appreciated your personal touches in that you spoke with our guests and they could sing along with you. Your songs brought back many memories for all of us. And how refreshing to know the words to your songs..that was a lot of funThe good old sixties and seventies!”
—Fondly, Sharyn,
San Jose, California

“Hi William, Just wanted Thank You so much for and epic daytrip for all of us! I can’t believe how you rocked the room! The ladies were begging for more, hence you running out of CD’s. Your ESPN song made the few men in the audience feel special. Thanks again and I will pass along your information to other groups.”
—Sincerely, Bobbie Stone
VP of Newcomers of Nevada Country

Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013, 7:00 PM.
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

After a wildly successful Live on Stage event in Midland during the 2012 season, demand has been very high for the return of Jim Curry to the Permian Basin. Live on Stage Permian Basin is proud to announce the return of “Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver.”

Jim Curry began his music career writing and performing the opening song, “The Time of Your Life” for his senior play. The song was then voted to be the 1975 class song and Jim was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to study music in college. Even at this early stage in his life Jim’s natural voice resembled that of singer/songwriter John Denver. Embracing the similarities, Jim continued to sing and specialize in the songs of John Denver, sharing John’s positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness.

The untimely death of John Denver’s in 1997 was a tragedy that was felt the world over. Such a void in the musical world left John’s ardent fans demanding that his music survive. CBS television responded by producing a made for TV movie: “Take Me Home, the John Denver Story” in which Jim landed an off-camera role singing as the voice of John Denver. This experience inspired Jim to produce full–length John Denver tribute concerts.

He’s not your usual “Vegas style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. His looks and his voice are simply a pleasant coincidence that captures the true essence of John Denver’s music. Curry’s heartfelt delivery rolls out into the crowd as multi-platinum hits like “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song” and “Calypso” fill the room.

Jim believes that John Denver’s words still ring true in these difficult times of war and environmental crisis. John Denver grew rapidly into a mega celebrity when the world was looking for some hope in the late 60’s and his lyrics in songs like, “Take me Home Country Roads” gave America a new lift abroad as well as at home. People all over the world found pride in the natural wonders of the earth and love for John’s message of caring for our planet and each other. Jim delivers these songs in the same spirit, with the same heartfelt care and desire to make a difference. As the concerns of global warming and other environmental issues reach today’s youth, Curry sees a growing number of younger listeners. Curry 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.”

Jim has created the ultimate tribute experience and has emerged as the top performer of John Denver’s music today. He often performs with John Denver’s former band members. Curry’s tribute is the first and only full-length John Denver tribute in a Las Vegas Casino and is a sell-out favorite at the Silverton time after time. Curry has taken his show on the road to Performing Arts Centers and Casinos in the US and Canada and out to sea as one of the most popular shows on the Holland America Cruise Line.

On October 2007, the 10th anniversary of John’s passing, Jim brought a landmark concert to the stage in Aspen Colorado. It included many of John Denver’s former band members, some of them for the first time in a tribute show. Bass player Dick Kniss (who also tours with Peter Paul and Mary) Songwriter, guitar and dobro player Steve Weisberg (who penned many John Denver’s recordings) Banjo player Jim Connor (a former member of the New Kingston Trio and author of the hit song “ Grandma’s Feather Bed”) Legendary guitarist James Burton (Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson and John Denver) and in what would be one of his last major performances before his passing, singer/songwriter John Stewart of the famed Kingston Trio. The bold and dynamic thinking of Curry continues to produce historical concert engagements and bring icons of the music industry together into powerful shows.

Jim’s latest efforts are to take his tribute show to a new level by adding symphony orchestrations back into live performances of John Denver music. When John Denver wanted to add a full orchestra to his live shows and recordings, he teamed up with Grammy Award winning arranger, composer and conductor Lee Holdridge. Lee’s symphony arrangements, along with John’s songs became the trademark sound of many of John’s hits. Jim Curry and Lee Holdridge have now brought the rebirth of the timeless songs of America’s troubadour back in a full-length live concert of John Denver’s greatest works.

Whether Jim is performing with a symphony orchestra, with his talented band, or all by himself, his compelling voice, combined with dramatic images of nature is an unforgettable show that will truly fill up your senses.