By Dylan Vanderson – The Collegiate Staff
A concert featuring Grand Rapids Community College grad and folk-artist Chris Dupont will be taking place in the Albert P. Smith Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.
Dupont is returning to GRCC in celebration of the newly renovated Albert P. Smith Music Center. Dupont was a student at GRCC from 2006 to ‘09 where he studied classical guitar and recording technology before moving on to the University of Michigan to study performance arts technology. “I loved it,” he said. “Interestingly enough, I was a mostly self-taught guitarist, active in the metal and hardcore scene. I figured I didn’t have any business being a music major. But I signed up for GRCC’s recording tech program, which is a really cool study path that teaches not only studio techniques but also classical music training.”
Dupont was a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in 2014 and has shared the stage with acts from across the Midwest as well as national acts like Edwin McCain, Brendan James, Needtobreathe, and Lucius. He has also played in venues across the U.S. like the Elbo Room in Chicago, The Basement in Des Moines, The Well in Nashville, and at the Pyramid Scheme in downtown Grand Rapids.
Dupont has two studio albums released at this time, “Anxious Animal” and “Outlier” which were released in 2013 and 2015 respectively. His music is a mix of modern-Americana and folk influences blended with his own style.
“I draw my inspiration mainly from people,” Dupont said. “Often times a story or conversation with someone I’m close to will trigger an emotion that needs to be worked out in song and lyrics…What inspires me to perform is the possibility of a connection. Often after a show, a listener will walk up to me and share a story about how one of my songs related to their life, or how they felt that it was addressed to them. I live for these connections.”
The concert features other GRCC alumni, including percussionist Luke Jackson and violinist Katie Van Dusen.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and can be purchased at this link. To learn more about the artists and to listen to their music, you can check out Chris’ website and Katie’s website.