Death of a Coffee House: Sad News About Gloria Dei Nights

Got some incredibly sad news this am about Gloria Dei Nights Coffeehouse. Looks like they’re folding up shop for good. I had several really great shows there over the past few years….they always had appreciative crowds and crowds that LISTENED…which is something often lacking at coffee houses…

You can hear what it was like here. You can see what it was like here and here. Dang, I’m gonna miss those guys. Possible one of the best shows that Rick, Bruce and I played was there (check out the sound clips)

Here’s the note they (Jimmy) sent out to their fans and patrons:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, Gloria Dei Nights Coffee Haus Concert Series is officially closed. We wish to thank all of the great performers who have graced our stage and shared their talents and passion for music. Over our five year run, we have given away thousands of dollars to various charities such as Good Samaritan Food Pantry of Garland, New Beginnings and Casitas del Rey. We have helped nurture new talent in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, helped extended the voice of established
singer/songwriters from around the country and made a lot of great friends along the way.

To all of the people who came out in support of this labor of love and it’s mission as an outreach to the community and surrounding area, we extend our gracious love and thanks. Last but not least, we wish to thank the humble,dedicated, long lasting, cheerful, hard working volunteers that without their help, the show would not have gone on. Brad Wright, sound engineer extraordinaire; Mark Moore, culinary chef and master coffee brewer; Terry Reininger, princess of tax collections and hostess supreme; Dave Welker, stage and sound reinforcement; Ray Dodd, promotions, master of recordings, stage and sound; Mrs. Becci, greeter, collector and bottle washer; Melody Dodd, mailings, promotions and dessert coordinator; Jenell Wright, the coffee lady and promoter of Fair Trade. And to the many un-named volunteers that were unsuspectingly recruited to fill in at the last minute, we thank you.

Extreme thanks to the many area coffee house venues and house concerts that helped us along the way. Please visit Uncle Calvins Coffee House Concert Series, Acoustic Tours, Bonedoc’s House Concerts, Jefferson Freedom Café, Open Door Coffee House, Dallas Folk Music Society and Radio Wayne @ Bill Nash, thank you.

We sincerely hope that everyone that experienced Gloria Dei Nights, came away a better person for it. We know we did. And that’s da’ truth, Sha.

Foot note:
Where are they now:

Brad Wright, teaches wind surfing on the North Sea coast of Norway.
Mark Moore, joined a band of gypsies living in Austin, while studying to become a nun.
Terry Reininger, is a clarinet soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Dave Welker, plays accordion with the Chinese blues band The Honey Dues.
Ray Dodd, is serving 10 to 20 hot dogs an hour at the Ball Park in Arlington.
Mrs. Becci, went on to become head curator at the Ball of Warn knitting museum.
Melody Dodd, was elected Governor of Texas in a run off election against Willy Nelson.
Jenell Wright, founded the highly successful Fair Trade coffee house chain, FairBucks, that eventually ran that other coffee house chain out of business.
As for myself, Jimmy d.; history would suggest that I became a famous play write on Broadway. The truth is, I went back to alligator hunting down in Cocodrie, Louisiana after the legendary alligator man of Point-au-Chene, Dovie Naquin, died in the Spring of 2005.”


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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