Concert honors pop's 'Piano Men'

2013-04-10T15:30:00Z 2013-04-10T15:52:06Z Concert honors pop's 'Piano Men'Eloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

The sounds of the '70s and music of Elton John and Billy Joel will be celebrated on stage at Governors State University April 11.

Canadian musician Jim Witter brings his show "The Piano Men" to The Center for Performing arts for a 7 p.m. show.

"We've been touring the 'Piano Men' for 12 years," Witter said, adding he just started bringing the show to the Midwest about five years ago.

While the concert puts the hits of Elton and Billy in the spotlight, Witter said it's not strictly a tribute show honoring the two rock/pop musicians.

"The show is centered on the '70s so we'll be playing Elton's and Billy's music from the 1970s and we also have a multimedia show that takes us back to the '70s," he said.

In addition to music, there'll also be news clips, video segments and a bit of talking about the decade.

"I share my stories from the '70s," Witter said. "Everyone likes to see (and talk about) the cars they drove, the clothes they wore, the toys they played with" and more back in the day, he said.

According to Witter, one of the reasons for the show's success is that people like "nostalgia." And fans of Elton and Billy also always welcome the chance to hear and celebrate their music.

Expected on the playlist are tunes such as "Rocket Man," "Your Song," "My Life," "Just the Way You Are," "Candle in the Wind," and more.

Witter said there's also a segment of the show in which he plays various '70s songs by request from the audience.

Elton's and Billy's music, Witter said, is timeless.

He said the music is just as much fun for him to play now and is as enjoyable as when he "first started playing the songs in piano bars."

The musician said he's been a huge fan of both rockers through the decades and loves both catalogs of music.

Witter hopes GSU audiences will go happily along this musical journey with him. "The music makes people feel great. And I hope they go away with a huge smile on their faces."

"The Piano Men" will be performed at 7 p.m. April 11 at The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, Ill. Tickets start at $15 and go up to $45 for box seats. A majority of seats cost $30. FYI: Call (708) 235-2222 or centertickets.net

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