Three Shows Coming Up

Just a last minute post to say how excited I am about the shows coming up in the next few days.

First off, Connections is back with our new show. We’ve been rehearsing the past few months, and tomorrow night we’re back with our fifth tribute show:

Connections Tribute to Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder
November 13, 2010 7 pm
Stonebridge United Methodist Church
1800 South Stonebridge Drive
McKinney, TX
(214) 726-0578

I’ve often written blogs about my love for the artists we cover. I don’t really have time to write an entry on Stevie Wonder, even though he’s a musical genius. But I did write this a few years back about Billy Joel and his music.

I’m more than pleased to be singing some of my favorite Billy songs….”Piano Man,” “You May Be Right”…and most of all “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant.”

And as of Saturday night, I will be able to say I’ve been able to sing my top three alltime favorite songs with Connections (“There’s a Place in the World for a Gambler,” and “Make Me Smile” being the other two…)

Added bonus: Cornell is back!!! The incomparable Cornell K is joining us again for this show, on woodwinds an recreating Steve’s harmonica parts.

Then, Sunday I’ll be doing a short set of my own music at something called “Chile Pepperama.” A whole bunch of local musicians will be providing the music throughout the weekend:

Then, Tuesday I’ll play another noon set of my music for the great folks down at “The Bridge” in downtown Dallas. My friend and fellow bandmate, John Fleming, arranges for a local musician to play a show for the homeless folks there.

That’s me playing there back in early September. It will be a joy to be there again. It’s a great cause and I always enjoy going.
The show tomorrow night will be a first and last:
First time to see the new Billy Joel/Stevie Wonder show.
Last time to see the band this year.
Hope to see a lot of you on Saturday and Sunday.
Eric
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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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