The New Website is Here! The New Website is Here! We’re SOMEBODY!!!!

Hey Everybody:

I’ve got fun music news about Connections Band for you:
1) Our website is now official
2) We want you to vote for your favorite songs
3) We’re calling it $40K
4) Upcoming Shows

1) The big news: the official website is now, um, officially up and running!!!

We hope you will visit early and often: http://www.connectionsband.net

Yes, I have been working on this for several months, and I feel like a proud papa today.

Make note of the address, because that’s where the most up-to-date information about Connections Band will always be posted first.

The site has great pictures from many of our shows, soundclips, links tostories that have been written about the band. And, most dear to our hearts, a description of our two main beneficiaries —Nothing But Nets and UMCOR — and links a tally of how much money we’ve raised over the years.

The website also has a blog attached, where we hope that folks will stop byand not only read the latest news, but also leave comments too. Please check it out and feel free to comment anytime you feel inspired.

And, speaking of your input….

2) We need your vote!

We’ve created an online survey to help us pick the songs for the new “Doobie Brothers/Elton John” shows.

You can find it here.

We’re serious about wanting your input. Especially for the Elton John set, there is just so much good music to choose from, we’d love to see which songs you would vote for.

3) Let’s call it $40,000 even.

After our recent and great Walnut Hill Show, we are pleased to announce that we’ve now raised a total of: $39, 563 for UMCOR and Nothing But Nets!!!

Wow!!!

Take a look at a graph
here.

We give thanks to God, and to the generosity of all of you who have come a show and contributed.

4) Upcoming Shows:

September 27, 2008: Tribute to the Doobie Brothers and Elton John
October 4, 2008: Tribute to the Doobie Brothers and Elton John
November 15, 2008: Tribute to Dan Fogelberg

Complete info available here.

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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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