A John Denver Tribute featuring Ted Vigil will start at 7 p.m. in Fountain Park on Friday, Aug. 9. (Photo submitted)
A John Denver Tribute featuring Ted Vigil will start at 7 p.m. in Fountain Park on Friday, Aug. 9. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT – Friday’s weather is looking to put sunshine on the shoulders of those attending the John Denver Tribute featuring Ted Vigil. The concert will start at 7 p.m. in Fountain Park.

Vigil, an Olympia, Washington, native, will wow the audience with his John Denver look-a-like appearance and by performing songs such as “Rocky Mountain High,” “Take Me Home Country Roads,” “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” and “Sunshine On My Shoulders.”

“It’s a pretty good high-energy show,” said Vigil. “I bring a lot of energy to the stage and I tell some stories about John and how the songs were written.”

Vigil plans to get the audience engaged in the performance through interaction and story-telling, including how he got started.

In 2016, Vigil participated in and won an international singing contest in Nevada. Because he resembles Denver, friends convinced him to sing one of Denver’s songs. Later, he was encouraged by people who knew Denver to start a tribute show. Vigil has been touring since 2008, and has preformed all over including Canada and a recent tour in Australia. Next year, Vigil will tour in Ireland, Norway, and Sweden.

Vigil has been performing since he was a child.

“I always loved to sing,” he said. “My mom was a singer and a piano player. She got me into singing when I was a little kid. Then I got into drumming and I formed a rock band when I was in high school. Later on I started playing music with different people.”

In adulthood, Vigil and his wife raised their five kids while Vigil drove truck. It wasn’t until his kids were grown that he decided to get back into music.

“Music went on the back burner, and then the kids grew up,” said Vigil. “That’s when I went down and did that contest. I wanted to get back into music, but I had no idea I’d be doing this; I love it.”

“It’s been really neat,” Vigil added. “I’ve met a lot of people that really miss John; there are a lot of people that are huge fans.”

One of the most rewarding aspects to preforming John Denver’s music has been the healing power it has. Vigil recalled a specific moment that he said was very rewarding.

“I got an email from a gal I never met; she said, ‘My dad is sick. He’s got cancer, and his white blood cell count is so low we don’t know if he’s going to make it, but if we can get his white blood cell count up, he can get his last treatment,’” recalled Vigil, who said he was invited to sing for the man. “Long story short, I went and sang; we did a little concert for him.”

The man had been a huge John Denver fan and shared the special moment with his entire family.

“Because of all the incredible emotional and positive energy that happened that day, his white blood cell count just went through the roof,” Vigil explained. “He came to one of my shows about six months later. His complexion was really healthy. He was glowing.”

Vigil noted that he also enjoys taking people back in time to relive special memories. He said his show on Friday is family friendly, interactive, and a good time for all ages of John Denver fans.