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Terry Davies sings Billy Joel, Elton John

There doesn't have to be a "New York State of Mind" to travel "The River of Dreams" and say "Hello Hello" to "Benny and the Jets." Rather, all it takes is heading to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., on Friday, March 4, for "The Piano Man" featuring Terry Davies performing the music of Billy Joel and Elton John. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors, available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

The tribute show is in its seventh year, Davies said. He has been playing piano and singing all his life and getting into a show performing the works of Joel and John was a natural fit for him, he said. In fact, those in his closest circles had been calling him "Piano Man" for a while already.

"We've been really lucky. I've gotten to play all over the world," Davies said, adding that he performed in 32 countries last year with St. Petersburg the highlight of the tour. He said that Joel and John are "known all around the world."

This is the third or fourth time Davies has come to Prescott to perform the show, he said. However, they're not here to see him. They're there for the music, Davies said.

One of Davies' favorites to perform is a song that was added to the repertoire only six months ago. It's called "Empty Garden" and is not really one of John's more well-known songs, he said. John and John Lennon were good friends and it was written after the latter passed away, Davies said.

Even so, Davies said he loves watching the audience get into the show.

"We're going to play all the obvious hits," he said, noting that while he loves performing for giant crowds, like those that were in St. Petersburg, he loves bringing the show to smaller venues, such as the Elks Theatre.

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