Carole King/James Taylor Show Reminder

Hey Everybody:

We had a serious blast at the Northaven Coffeehouse last Friday night. A nice crowd saw a great show with me, my friends Rick O’Connor and Jack Kennedy, and Richard Newton sitting in.

And on the heels of that…. a quick reminder about the show Saturday night:

Connections Band
Tribute to the Music of Carole King and James Taylor
Saturday, September 22nd 7 pm
Spring Valley UMC

Click here for the official pdf flyer (with a handy map)

Here we are at the Chicago/Eagles Tribute last year:

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And here are some sound clips of us from various shows.

We had a good rehearsal tonight, and we’ve got one more tomorrow night too. The show is really coming together. For the Carole King stuff, we feature three really great women vocalists: Ann Willet, Jennifer Rawlinson, and Lisa Rucker. (Lisa also plays killer sax throughout…)

I’m getting to play and sing some of my all-time favorite JT songs, like “Something in the Way She Moves,” and “Country Road.” And we close the show with me singing and playing on “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Fire and Rain,” and “Shower the People.”

Come on and sing along…you know you like this music…admit it. It’s way back there in your music DNA, and you know it. Nobody’s too cool to be reminded how great these songwriters and songs are.

They’re be great desserts, and the show is free. But we will take a love offering for UMCOR. Rusty King, our band leader, figured out today that if we net an offering of $2,000, that will put us over the $10,000 mark raised for the second year in a row.

“How sweet it is” to be able to sing these great songs, and raise money for this great cause.

Hope to see you there….

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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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