Lisa Markley CD Release

This is last minute notice, but a very old friend of mine is having her CD Release party this evening. List Markley’s new CD “The Sky is Blue and Sometimes Cries” will be featured at a great show tonight at Sons of Hermann Hall:

Lisa Markley CD Release Gala
Thursday January 25, 2007
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75226

You can get more info about the CD here.
Thor Christensen wrote
a nice feature on Lisa in yesterday’s DMN.
And here is
Lisa’s myspace page.

Special guests will include Bruce Balmer, Jeffrey Barnes, and J. Paul Slavens as they recreate the magic of this studio release. Lisa’s press release says: “the doors open at 7:00, show at 7:30, cover is $10. Dress up if the spirit moves you–be there regardless!”
Hard to believe, but I’ve known Lisa over a decade now, from our time in the new defunct Greenville Avenue Songwriter’s Group. We’ve also shared many a memorable moment at Kerrville. Her fellow Malvini, Beth Cahill plays on my CD (
here) Part of why I’m writing this is out of guilt. I can’t be there tonight, because of a prior commitment with Maria. Which really bums me out.

But if you can, you should go.


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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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