Chapmans host benefit for Grand Opening of The Acoustic Shoppe

The Chapmans are hosting an all-day music event on Saturday (5/4/13) for the official Grand Opening of their new business venture, The Acoustic Shoppe in Springfield, MO.

Live music will be provided from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. featuring The Hillbenders and several bluegrass and acoustic acts from central Missouri, plus The Chapmans of course. A donation of $8 is requested, with proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network. BBQ wil be available throughout the day.

While The Chapmans will continue touring and recording, The Acoustic Shoppe was opened to give the bluegrass brothers (John, Jeremy, and Jason Chapman) a way to work together in music, along with their friend and partner Gene Hoke. The store sells acoustic instruments and supplies, and offers private lessons for guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, dobro, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, and bass.

Jeremy says this is the realization of a long term goal for he and his brothers.

“We are so excited to have an opportunity to have a store that caters to the acoustic musician. Our family has been in the entertainment business for over 20 years and it has always been a dream of ours to own a music store as a home base.”

Brother John tells us that it was a no-brainer to do a benefit for Children’s Miracle Network. When his daughter Kylie was born in 2008, it was determined just prior to birth that she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. An emergency Caesarian was performed, and Kylie required treatment for Meconium Aspiration, which involved her being airlifted to Kansas City where specialized equipment was available.

John Chapman with his infant daughter, Kylie, in March 2008“The Children’s Miracle Network is very close to our hearts. When my daughter was born they were there to help us in our time of need. We want to make sure that other people have the same great experience we did with them.

At every single one of our shows we take up a donation for the CMN, and after our opening we are going to present a check of the funds we have raised this year.”

You can find full details about Saturday’s Grand Opening and benefit concert at The Acoustic Shoppe’s Facebook page.

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