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May 16, 2014

James Taylor tribute coming

WINDBER — Sweet Baby James Taylor became the poster boy for a new, gentler sound of the 1970s following the tumultuous music of the decade before.

Many of those signature moments can be heard when “Shower the People,” a James Taylor tribute, is presented at 7:30 p.m. May 24 at Arcadia Theater in Windber.

The show features the voice and guitar work of Neil Donell as he delivers more than two dozen Taylor classics.

Some of the finest moments from superstar Taylor’s nearly 40-year career include “Smiling Face,” “Handyman,” “Carolina in My Mind,” “Up on the Roof,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Mexico,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Fire and Rain” and “How Sweet it Is.”

Amy Moore, public relations director for Arcadia, said anyone looking for a relaxing evening will want to be in the theater at 1418 Graham Ave.

“James Taylor doesn’t tour much anymore and Neil Donell’s voice is a spot-on match to the mellow, laid-back Taylor,” Moore said.

“Taylor has an incredible songbook, and Neil will take the audience on a retrospective journey to those years gone by.”

Donell’s audiences will be enveloped by the sound of the voice and the songs that are a part of the modern musical landscape.

Accompanied by a group of accomplished musicians and singers, Donell’s show is expected to appeal to wide range of audience demographics and musical tastes.

“As part of the show, Neil Donell will interact with audience members and discuss the history and creative process behind many of the most memorable songs,” Moore said.

Tickets  are $40, $38, $34.

Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the box office, by calling 467-9070 or visiting www.arcadiathe­

Tom Lavis covers Features for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on LavisTD.

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