Whether it’s the Rockies themselves, John Denver’s iconic songs about them or the joy of helping others that elevates you, a tribute concert today at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge provides the opportunity to experience all three.
John Adams Band takes the stage for the fifth year to spread Denver’s good cheer, this time to benefit the local nonprofit Domus Pacis Family Respite, which uses donated homes, volunteers and the generosity of local businesses to provide a week of respite for cancer patients and their families.
Adams, who is from Holland, started playing Denver’s songs in 1972 when “Take Me Home, Country Roads” became a hit in Europe. He moved to the U.S. 12 years ago after the artist’s death, committed to keeping the music alive.
“What we do is a very authentic, traditional John Denver concert,” Adams said. “We don’t change John Denver’s music; we keep it in the authentic way that he wrote it and performed it.”
Domus Pacis aims to raise awareness and solicit more homes — in particular, those that remain unoccupied for portions of each year — to make it possible to serve more families. The organization started with eight homes in 2008 and now has 90 “potentially available” in Summit County, meaning homeowners will provide the homes if they are vacant when needed, said Marylouise White-Petteruti, who co-founded the organization with her husband, Vince. Their goal is to get to 100 homes this year.
“People open up their homes for people to have a last chance to spend together in the mountains,” Adams said. “Who would say no to a cause like that?”