September Music News (07)

Several fun things going on musically this month…

First, the peace really in Fort Worth last week was fun. A smaller crowd than expected, but many of my peacemaker friends were there…Charles Stovall, Hadi Jawad, Diane Baker and Beatriz Saldivar (who became a good friend at Camp Casey and actually lives in Fort Worth. We had her and others come to Northaven to tell their stories of relatives killed in Iraq…)

I got to do several songs, including “Prairie Chapel Road,” which was especially cool since Cindy Sheehan was there and said she appreciated hearing the song again. She may have been just being polite. However, Ann Wright was also there, and I really did get the sense that she remembered me from the Camp Casey days. So, that was cool. All in all, an honor to be asked.

There are two other shows to tell you about, however:

FeastFest Coffeehouse at Northaven: September 14 7 pm
This should be a fun show on the home turf. It will feature myself, Rick O’Connor, and Jack Kennedy all doing sets, and possibly sitting in with each other too. There will be coffees and desserts and a casual coffeehouse atmosphere. I’ll be doing my own stuff, and it will be the first real show to showcase the Santa Cruz.

Connections Band Tribute to James Taylor and Carole King: September 22 7 pm
Spring Valley UMC
Connections is back, with our next tribute show. We’ll be doing a first set of Carole King songs, and featuring our women singers. Then, after the break, we’ll break out the Greatest Hits of JT. I’m playing a singing a lot of these, which is cool, since I’ve been playing and singing them for years anyway. Again, I can tell you now, the new guitar is so very incredible sounding on these classics. It will be a great night. Here is
the official concert poster.

Both of these events are free, but both will feature a “love offering.” At the Northaven show, the goal will be go cover expenses. At the SVUMC show, we hope to add to the amazing amount that Connections Band has raised for UMCOR.

Plan to come to both, since both shows will be quite different, really.

New Demo song on Myspace
I’ve written a new song, and the demo’s up on my Myspace.
Click here and then click on “No Greater Wound.” I’d love to hear what you think.

All for now….see you later this month at these shows.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) 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, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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