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 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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