Doobies Brothers and Elton John: October 4th

Connections Band is proud to announce our new show, and hopes you’ll come hear us this Saturday night. The new show is a tribute to Elton John and the Doobie Brothers. We continue to push ourselves musically with this great tribute show.

Connections Band: Tribute to the Doobie Brothers and Elton John
Saturday, October 4th, 7pm
Suncreek UMC
1517 W. McDermott
Allen, TX 75013
(Google map
here )

(more after the jump…)

This is our fourth tribute show, and one that we’ve had in the works for several months. As is our tradition, our debut show was last Saturday night at SVUMC, the defacto home church of the band. (In fact, the last three years, we’ve debuted our new show on this same weekend…we knew the date months before we knew the artists we’d be doing!)

Rehearsals had gone well, although my sense is that most of us had forgotten how much work a new show is. We’d been rotating among our other three all year shows all year, which gets to be kinda like riding a bicycle. So, the rehearsals to learn new stuff are a little more challenging, and there is a time where you wonder, “is all this going to come together?!”

One sub-text to the show is the loss of Russ Noland. We’d certainly assumed he’d be with us…especially on the Doobies stuff. We’ve added Brian “Doc” McPherson, who is more than ably filling in on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and some keyboards and vocals. So, as with everyone else who joins us, we’re feeling blessed by the talent that surrounds us.

We’ve also got a really nice string/brass section for the Elton John set….for stuff like “Levon,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

I can now report that the SVUMC show went really, really well. As usual, everything seemed to come together in our final rehearsals, and the audience seemed to love the show last Saturday.

I’m singing some of my favorites from both artists:

Black Water
Taking it to the Streets

Elton John:
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
Philadelphia Freedom

As with our other shows, these are songs the audience knows by heart. People sing along, and we go back to some of the best times of our lives. For me personally, Elton John’s “Greatest Hits” (Volume One) was the very first record I ever bought with my own money. I’ve been singing these songs to myself for decades. It’s a blessing to be able to sing them to others now.

Ditto with the Doobie Brother’s Greatest Hits. It was also a staple of my growing up. And I know it was for a lot of yall too.

We raised an additional $ 2,600 for UMCOR last Saturday night. That officially puts us over the $ 40,000 mark in terms of fund raised for our two lead charities (UMCOR and NbN)

We’re hoping that with two more great shows still to come this year, we’ll be pushing the $ 50K mark.

Hope to see you Saturday.


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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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