Making his second appearance at the next Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival will be Chad Elliot, along with Bonita Crowe. Known for being a dramatic solo performer, Elliot has taking on a partner with Crowe.
In the past, Elliot has averaged over 100 shows per year on the road for more than a decade performing a blend of roots, blues and folk music. He has played across the country and has been lauded as a modern-day troubadour.
Elliott has released 17 full-length albums since he began his songwriting career. His latest studio album, "Redemption Man," was produced by Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown).
It features the song, "Same Old Way," which was the 2009 Woody Guthrie Festival song contest winner, as well as a 3rd place winner in the 2009 International Songwriting Contest in the Americana category. Also on this album are the songs, "Redemption Man," and "Illinois," which won Elliott a new folk finalist spot in the 2008 Kerrville Folk Festival.
Writing songs that are part of his own identity, but full of relatable feeling, Elliott crafts music that can bring a crowd to tears or get them on their feet dancing, sometimes both.
"In the wide scope of Americana music live stories timeless as the land. With dynamic swells amid driven and transient melodies, Chad Elliott tells them one song at a time," said Sam Burrish of the Sioux City Journal.
He has shared the stage with well-known artists such as Odetta, Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainwright III. He has even swapped songs with some of the best, including native Iowan Dave Moore and Texas songwriter Eric Taylor.
Elliott is a 2006 Folkalley.com open mic winner and his song, "How's the Weather," was chosen out of 300,000 folk songs as an award nominee for the top 20 new folk songs on Just Plain Folks.
Above all, the Iowa songwriter's music slips stories about life as he has experienced it through living with the homeless, love, divorce, fatherhood and discovering inspiration in the modern world.
Bonita Crowe is the co-owner of The Grapevine in Des Moines with her husband Keith and has joined Elliot singing over this past year. She has been providing he sweet style of back-up harmonies.
At this time last year she was singing back up for Bonne Finken and the Collective when Elliot asked her to join him on a few dates that turned into four months of singing for both Finken and Elliot.
Crowe stated that it was becoming too much and she could not keep give all her energy to both. So at the time she decided to got full time with Elliot.
The popular Student Music Clinic for invited area schools conducted by the Jim Oatts Quintet will be held at the Cherokee Middle School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Northwest Iowa Musicians will appear at The Copper Cup from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kelsey Klingensmith and The Buffalo Ridge Band will be performing at The Gathering Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Chad Elliott and Bonita Crowe will be at The Gasthaus from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Ross William Perry Band will be at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Jim Oatts Family Jazz will be at the Cherokee VFW Club from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Saturday, Jan. 19
The Candymakers will be hosting the Saturday Jam Session at The Gathering Place from noon to 4 p.m.
The Big Band Dance with The Mearl Lake Orchestra will play from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center.
Blues Drivin' will be at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Sherri Cafaro Trio will be at The Gathering Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Candymakers will be at the Cherokee VFW Club from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Ticket prices for the 13th Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival are as follows:
Friday night Pub Crawl - $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Saturday Jam Session is $10 for non-musicians. Students and kids are free. There is no advance sale of tickets for this event.
The Saturday night Big Band Dance at WITCC - $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Saturday night Pub Crawl - $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Saturday night combo ticket (Dance and Pub Crawl) - $20 in advance and $30 at the door.
New this year is the Hotel Package, a one-night stay at the Best Western LaGrande Hacienda and two Pub Crawl tickets are $100 (offer good for both Friday and Saturday Night), call 225-5701 for reservations.
Advance ticket prices end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Tickets for all events are available at The Copper Cup, The Cherokee Bowl, and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival go to www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com.