Ted Vigil is a singer-songwriter and a John Denver tribute artist. On Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m., he will take the stage in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro and perform songs Denver made famous in the 1970s.
The audience may be amazed by how much Vigil looks and sounds like Denver. The singer-songwriter died in 1997 at the age of 53 when his experimental aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean.
In Wellsboro, Vigil will perform Denver hits, such as “Rocky Mountain High,” “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” and “Sunshine on My Shoulders.” He will also sing one of the songs he has written.
Born in Seattle in 1964 and raised in the Olympia area of the State of Washington, Vigil began performing in 1974 at the age of 10. While in school, he developed his talents as a drummer and singer and played with concert, symphonic and jazz bands. When he was 17, Vigil was told he looked like Denver.
In 2006, he went to Laughlin, Nevada to compete in Talent Quest. Vigil sang a John Denver song and placed first in the singing contest. That event attracted competitors from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and 28 states in America.
“It was a singing contest not a tribute or impersonator contest,” Vigil said, adding, “Afterwards I met some musicians who had worked with John. They mentioned that people missed him and his music and thought it would be a good idea for me to do a tribute show.”
Appearing as John Denver, Vigil went on to win Komo TV 4’s NW Afternoon Celebrity Look Alike contest in 2007. That’s when he began playing guitar and planning his Denver tribute show. He started touring in 2007 and by 2008 had become more serious about it.
For four and a half years, from 2010 to 2014, the late Steve Wiesberg, John Denver’s lead guitarist from 1973 to 1977, toured with Vigil. “It was like working with John again,” Wiesberg said at the time. “I’ve worked with every John Denver tribute (artist) and none of them have the look and the voice Ted has. He’s uncanny.”
“Watching Ted perform, you might be convinced that John Denver never died,” wrote the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Today, Vigil tours his Denver tribute coast to coast in the United States and internationally as well.
Admission is $25 and $22 for seniors. For tickets to the show, call (570) 724-6220 or visit www.deanecenter.com.