This has been a big year for remembering Rocky Mountain tenderheart John Denver, who would have been 70 this upcoming New Year's Eve. Such big-time acts as Train (Sunshine on My Shoulders), Dave Matthews (Take Me to Tomorrow) and My Morning Jacket (Leaving on a Jet Plane) — all of whom were influenced by his heart-sleeved, naturalistic approach — covered the bespectacled singer-songwriter on The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver, an album that's just as folkie-sublime as you might imagine.
And on Wednesday at the Palladium in St. Petersburg, the old-school singer, who died in a plane crash in 1997 at the age of 53, will get the new-school treatment in a traveling multimedia bonanza. "John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert" combines archival footage of the man himself performing classic cuts with a live string section plus some of his old bandmates, who will spin a few yarns about their beloved boss. If that sounds too futuristic for you, don't worry: There is a 100-percent chance of a full-blown sing-along breaking out every other song.
"John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert" starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $55-$75. (727) 822-3590.