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October 12, 2012

Chad Elliott to play house concert

JOPLIN, Mo. — A nationally-known artist will be performing next Thursday in one of Joplin’s most comfy concert venues.

Chad Elliott, known for his unique blend of roots, blues and folk music, will be performing live inside the home of Reed and Lee Ann Dunn at 533 N. Moffet.

It’s the fifth show of the popular House Concert series, where guests can see the Dunn’s living room transformed into an artful concert hall, complete with 40 or so folding chairs.

The concert is free, though donations of $10 are accepted. The show launches at 7 p.m.

Elliott “is known nationally and has won some national songwriting awards,” said Dunn, pastor of Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Joplin.

Elliott, lauded as a “modern-day troubadour,” averages 100 shows a year. The Joplin stop is one of nearly 40 appearances nationwide he’ll be making between now and late December. In all, Elliott has released 17 full-length albums. His latest album is “Redemption Man.”

Since March, the couple has featured several singer-songwriters in the folk and acoustic genres, including Mark Bilyeu (formerly of Big Smith), Still on the Hill and Rachael Billingsley, who performed at the inaugural House Concert. Fourteen people showed up then.

That number has since tripled over the summer months. Dunn hopes to have more acts like Elliott perform at his Joplin home in 2013 and beyond.

“We haven’t had nationally-known (artists,)” Dunn said. “We’ve had regional songwriters ... from Southwest Missouri or Northwest Arkansas. That’s our goal, to bring in artists that are nationally recognized.”

Dunn said he loves the direction the concert series has taken.

“There’s just something (special) about music being in the home,” Dunn said in a recent story.

Because of limited seating at the Oct. 18 concert, call Dunn at 417-629-2571 to secure a spot.

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