ADEL, Iowa, May 9, 2017 -- Here's a nice way to start another season on the Raccoon River Valley Trail in west central Iowa -- a free concert trailside by a favorite Iowa singer & guitarist Chad Elliott Wednesday evening, May 10, in the parking lot of the new Lincoln Savings Bank building here in Adel.
The bank, located on the south side of the trail at the corner of Nile Kinnick Drive and Greene Street, is celebrating its "grand re-opening" from 5 to 8 p.m. Elliott performs from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and there'll be free food and refreshments.
The bank, previously located on the courthouse square, made the move into its new facility in mid-April.
"We've had the plan to feature Chad Elliott at our grand re-opening for more than a year," said Tim Bohlen, senior vice-president. "At the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association's banquet back in February of 2016, a 'Chad Elliott Concert' was one of the items that was auctioned off to raise money for the trail. I was there that night, thought it sounded like a fun thing and was the high bidder for the concert. Sometime after that, I made contact with Chad, and explained we weren't exactly sure when we'd be ready to have the event. He was gracious enough to say he'd fit a date into his schedule once we knew when construction would be done and we'd be ready."
And that's now.
Elliott has been performing publicly for 20 years. After growing up in Guthrie Center, he based early in his performing years in Spencer in northwest Iowa. He relocated to Coon Rapids in west central Iowa for about a decade, and recently has moved Lamoni in southern Iowa, where his family has roots. He has been featured all over the nation, and is just back from a concert tour that took him through Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Indiana and Illinois.
Much of the music he performs is his own, although he also covers a few other artists as well. His work moves from folk to rock to blues. He has a deep voice with a good range, and his musicianship on the guitar is phenomenal.
Many know that Elliott is also a visual artist whose paintings range in size from small to murals covering whole exterior walls of buildings. He also writes and illustrates children's books.
"We are excited to be close to the bike trail and invite all cyclists to stop by and enjoy our grand opening and Chad's concert," said Bohlen. He added that the bank "really values being located right on the trail" and expects to be a good trail neighbor.
Lincoln Savings Bank has deep roots in northeast Iowa, starting in the small town of Lincoln, Iowa, where the company still has a bank. But with company growth over the years, headquarters moved just northeast, to Reinbeck. "We like to tell people now that our 'international headquarters' is in Reinbeck, Iowa," Bohlen said.
LSB grew to serve the general area of Waterloo and Cedar Falls, stretching on up north to Nashua and south to Grinnell. In 2010, the company wanted to expand into the Des Moines area, and opened a loan office in Adel. In January of 2013, Lincoln Savings Bank in Adel became a full-service bank.
Adel is already a popular Wednesday evening stop for RRVT users. The Rendezvous Lounge has steal specials on Wednesdays,and many people bicycle there for the meals.