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
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(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 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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