Layne Yost • Tribute To The Music of John Denver

Saturday | February 25 | 1:30pm and 7:00pm | Winona Arts Center

The Winona Arts Center presents two concerts by Layne Yost dedicated to the music of John Denver on Saturday, February 25. A matinee at 1:30-3:30pm, and evening concert at 7:00pm are available for this very delightful concert. Yost’s “Tribute to the Music of John Denver” is a faithful tribute that pays homage to the music and the man. Accompanied by Jon Shimoda on upright bass, and Carol McDowall on fiddle. A wonderful show, which will take you back and remind you of simple things that remain true.

Tickets are $15 in advance / $18 at the door. Tickets available at Hardt’s Music, Common Market in Galesville, or online at

Yost from Bloomer, WI, started playing guitar at age 14, and played folk and acoustic venues in the Chicago area, earning his way through college. He saw two John Denver shows during his college years in the early 70’s, 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 says 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, Michigan. 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 compliment 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, traditional old time fiddle 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, jazz vocal quintet, and quartet and female trios.

The Winona Arts Center is located at 228 East 5th Street in Winona.

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