Looking like entertainment icon John Denver is one thing. Sounding like him, too, is, well, comparable to a Rocky Mountain high for singer-songwriter Rick Schuler.Schuler will perform at the Beaver Creek Chapel on Wednesday evening. Tickets are on sale now. All proceeds from the concert benefit the operation of the Beaver Creek Chapel, the resort's interfaith chapel.The Louisiana-born and Missouri-raised Schuler was a mere 13 when comparisons to then-popular Denver began. When researching his body double, Schuler discovered he could sing like him, too, and soon began to teach himself how to play guitar. The first song of many that Schuler eventually mastered was Denver's melodic and widely revered "Sunshine on My Shoulders." His first public performance at age 16 was in a Six Flags talent show featuring the amusement park's employees. A cook at the time, Schuler's rendition of "Rocky Mountain High" garnered a standing ovation from the crowd.At 18, Schuler was featured on a TV show, "Incredible Kids & Co.," on CBS, which ultimately aired on numerous network affiliates across the country. After a subsequent featured radio performance on "The Jack Carney Show," starring as "the John Denver guy," Schuler eventually moved out to California to pursue his own Americana pop and ballad songwriting career while continuing to perform Denver's music at a variety of West Coast venues.Schuler attended his first John Denver tribute in Aspen - the 13th annual - held in memory of the popular entertainer's life and music. During the course of the two-day event, Schuler met several of Denver's former bandmates, family members and friends, who were nothing short of astonished by the similarities the two shared in look, sound and musical talent.Whether you're a Denver devotee or not, you'll want to catch Schuler's performance at the Beaver Creek Chapel on Wednesday. The evening begins with wine and light appetizers on the deck at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door. Call Eileen Jacobs at 970-471-3117, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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