Humanities Project: Chad Elliott to Feature Songs of the Winter Dance Party of 1959

Chad Elliott playing guitar in a posed picture.

Chad Elliott will perform at Coffeyville Community College on Oct. 23 as part of the college's Humanities Project. The public is invited to the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday humanities performances at CCC.  The performances are free and held in the Spencer/Rounds Performing Arts Theatre.

Chad's performance will feature songs sung by Buddy Holly and others at the Surf Ballroom before the fateful plane crash that killed Holly, Big Bopper and Richie Valens. Chad has performed live as Buddy Holly (even sung on stage with Maria Elena Holly) and is well versed in those songs and history. 

Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad's life has served as fertile ground for music. Chad has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics. He performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz. 

Chad has been on the road for nearly 20 years taking audiences on a roller coaster of humor, whimsy and down home storytelling and song each night. His music has been featured on Iowa Public Radio's "Java Blend" and several Iowa Public Television documentaries.

For more information about the humanities project at CCC, please call 620-251-7700, ext. 2166.