At 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, the North Platte Concert Association will host the James Taylor tribute concert, How Sweet It Is. 

The concert series opens its 2022-23 season with the show.

Steve Leslie performs the music of rock-n-roll hall of fame singer-songwriter James Taylor in an authentic and spell-binding concert event, organizers say. Leslie’s warm baritone, exceptional guitar technique, and uncanny resemblance is truly a one-of-a-kind tribute to this American music icon.

Joining Steve on piano and keyboards is Nashville multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer, Kyle Tupper.

Originally from Louisville, Ky, currently in Nashville, Tenn., Leslie’s professional songwriting career has spanned more than 25 years with songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Mark Chestnut, George Strait, Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, Neal McCoy, Darius Rucker and others.

He received a Grammy for the title cut to Ricky Skagg’s 2004 Best Bluegrass album of the year, “Brand New Strings.”

Season memberships are still available and will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. that night at the front door of the Fox Theatre. Single season memberships are $60. For a family of two adults and two students, the cost is $125.

The Concert Association will present four concerts in the 2022-23 season. In addition to the tribute to James Taylor, these concerts are scheduled:

• Backtrack Vocals – Oct. 15

• Forever Simon & Garfunkel – Feb. 28, 2023

• Beginnings – Chicago Tribute – May 11, 2023

Members of the North Platte Concert Association can also attend concerts in Cozad, McCook, Kearney and Grand Island for a fee that is generally $5 per concert.

As a recording and performing artist, Steve has released three independent projects on digital platforms and CDs. He holds a bachelor’s of music degree in guitar/jazz studies from Morehead State University.

As an educator, Steve has been a guest clinician and lecturer at Morehead State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Belmont University, the Berklee College of Music in Boston and Nashville Songwriters Association International.

From 2011-14, Steve was adjunct professor of songwriting at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

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