Layne Yost tributes the music of John Denver


The Winona Arts Center presents a concert by Layne Yost, dedicated to the music of John Denver, on Saturday, October 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Hardt’s Music & Audio, 115 East Third Street, Winona, or online at Reservations are suggested; doors open 30 minutes before the concert.

The music of John Denver is timeless and well known. Yost’s “Tribute to the Music of John Denver” pays homage to the music and the man. Yost, accompanied by Jon Shimoda and Carol McDowall, capture the simple soul of Denver’s music through guitar, upright bass and fiddle arrangements. Woven within the music are stories that give insight into Denver’s life and legacy. This show will take you back and remind you of simple things that remain true.

Yost is from Bloomer, Wis., and started playing guitar at age 14. He played folk and acoustic venues in the Chicago, Ill., area, earning his way through college. Yost saw two John Denver shows during his college years in the early ‘70s, both times at the McCormick Place in Chicago, each a very different concert presentation, each excellent. The most compelling aspect of both shows was the sense of closeness, the connection between John Denver on stage and every member of the crowd. It was like being back around that campfire of years before, sharing songs with good friends. Yost said of his concerts, “That’s the type of show I want and need to play: intimate, close, connected.”

Playing upright bass, Shimoda grew up around Detroit, Mich. Since high school, he has played in a number of different musical groups in Chicago and recently in Eau Claire, Wis. Shimoda’s bass is a perfect complement to Yost’s vocals and guitar.

Carol McDowall, from rural Spooner, performs on fiddle and vocal harmony. McDowall comes with a background in fiddle tunes, jazz, contra and square dance, and traditional old-time fiddle. She is also first violin with the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra, and is a fiddler with the Second Wind String Band. McDowall has sung in choruses, a jazz vocal quintet, quartet, and in female trios.

The Winona Arts Center is located at 228 East Fifth Street in Winona.


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