Nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and folk musician Chris Vallillo returns to the Davis Mercantile Theater in Shipshewana this Friday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Vallillo is being presented in association with the Center for Traditional Arts as the kickoff event for an ongoing series of concerts celebrating the Chautauqua movement of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day, including such renowned figures as William Jennings Bryant, John Phillip Sousa and Mark Twain.
Vallillo, who has performed at numerous Chautauqua’s, is a skilled six-string and bottleneck slide guitarist who incorporates original and traditional material to make the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life in song. Having spent the last 30 years in the rural Midwest, he has a natural affinity for American roots music.
Chris collected many of the songs that he performs from the last of the pre-radio generation in rural Illinois and performs them on period instruments including a 1880 era hammered dulcimer and a 1936 wood bodies resonator guitar.
Reminiscent of the music of Stephen Foster, Jimmy Rogers and the Carter Family, it’ll be an entertaining performance that will have everyone tapping toes and singing along.