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Act II: Rocky Mountain High, The Music of John Denver

November 13, 2015

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Forty years ago, I had every John Denver album and more or less knew the words and music to each of his songs. When I heard that John was going to perform in Fort Wayne, Indiana near my college, I knew I couldn't miss that concert. That night of music with the folksy troubadour was everything I'd hoped it would be. After all, John and I loved many of the same things.

He loved the mountains, the wilderness and the natural environment and communicated it perfectly in his songs and the way he lived his life. Through his music, he was the most amazing advocate for the natural environment and all its wonder.

John Denver has been gone for 18 years, but his music lives on and continues to be rediscovered and appreciated by new generations of music lovers. Last season at Act II Stages, Paul Aleman and Renee Armand presented their highly acclaimed show, Rocky Mountain High, The Music of John Denver.

This John Denver tribute show is returning to The Red Room for 5 shows in November and a few more performances in March. November shows are scheduled for the 15th (7:30 pm), 16th (9:30 pm), 18th (7:30 pm), 20th (9:30 pm) and 22nd (9:30 pm).

In this show, you'll love both the music and the background stories from Renee Armand, a John Denver band member who performed with John for six years. Renee also appeared on the DVD, Thank God I'm A Country Boy and on Rocky Mountain High.

As a musician, Renee was discovered by Tony Bennett and mentored by Carmen Mcrae. As a singer/songwriter, she wrote and recorded with many well-known artists. Her songs were recorded by Michael Jackson, Mama Cass, Linda Rondstadt and John Denver. Renee has performed all over the world and continues to do so.

As a Los Angeles studio singer for 10 years, she recorded movie themes, records and even a few commercials. Renee is also known for singing her Academy Award winning song "The Morning After" from the movie, The Poseidon Adventure. She wrote "One Day In Your Life" that was recorded by Michael Jackson and also wrote "I Dream of Highways" with Hoyt Axton. She performed with The Coyote Sisters as well.

In their show, Rocky Mountain High, Paul and Renee will present the music of John Denver along with stories from the road and insights into the music. They are not imitators of John Denver, but rather interpreters of his music. Paul Aleman is, in his own right, a gifted partner in this show.

After years of making records with the most important musicians of her time, Renee admits that it's important to work with a top professional musician like Paul Aleman, who contributes a high level of musicianship and success to the show. Paul and Renee together, bring a night of pure music magic. Although Renee's years with John Denver were only about 6 out of her 50 year career, those years are an important part of her diverse musical foundation that spanned from a Chinatown bar to Madison Square Garden.

Renee and Paul are excited to return to Puerto Vallarta with their show, because they realize PV is a place that actually loves talent and has audiences that support it in the sweetest way. Renee always enjoys her time here in PV. She will be available for private vocal and performance coaching and will also offer a Master Class in songwriting.

Although their show, Rocky Mountain High, is just 5 performances in November, Renee will be staying in PV to present her classes, to offer vocal and performance coaching and to do a show with Alain Perrault on December 7th at The Palm Cabaret.

This Sunday, November 15th, at 7:30 pm, Paul and Renee open Rocky Mountain High at The Red Room. With honesty and pureness, they recreate the magic of John Denver's music as their voices blend together in beautiful harmony.

With Paul on guitar, they deliver a performance that will sweep you away with the beauty and simplicity of the music. To have John Denver's music communicated so authentically, by world-class musicians is thrilling. With the remarkable voices of Paul and Renee, rediscover the inspiring music of John Denver.

The Red Room Cabaret at ACT II Stages is located on the corner of Insurgentes and Basilio Badillo on the South side of Puerto Vallarta. Tickets are now on sale at the STAGES box office or online at