Three Shows Coming Up in April

Hey Everyone!

I don’t write you often, but I thought I’d check in to let you know about a few shows coming during April. First, I’ll be headed back to Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Then, two big shows with Connections.

Here’s the scoop…

Mount Sequoyah Show: April 13, 7 pm.
Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center
Fayetteville, Arkansas

I’m really pleased to be headed back to one of my spiritual homes, Mount Sequoyah, this next weekend, for a show of my own music in Parker Hall. I’m really pleased that in the past few years, local Fayetteville songwriters (like my friend, Effron White) have really found the mountain to be a great place for local shows.

The main audience will be folks who have come to Sequoyah to do a week of volunteer work to clean and fix up the mountain. I’ll also be leading a worship service for those folks on Thursday. But, my understanding is that anyone is free to come to the Wednesday show. So, if you or someone you know will be in the area, come on by.

“Hearts for Japan: A Tribute to Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder” with Connections
April 15th, 7 pm.
Joe Farmer Rec Center Amphitheater,
Allen, Texas

I hope all of you in the Dallas area have heard about the big show on Friday, April 15th. Our full band, more than 20 of us, will be playing the greatest songs of Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder, and raising funds for relief efforts in Japan.

Many people have felt frustrated by not knowing how to contribute to relief efforts in Japan. This night will be a great way to be a part. The show starts at 7 pm, but they’ll be a warm up act (The FUMC Allen Praise Band) at 6:15. They’ll also be a bounce house for kids, and lots of other fun.

It’s an outdoor, grass amphitheater, so bring a picnic, frisbees, dogs, kids…your whole neighborhood. Last year, this show drew around 1,000 fans. We hope to have even more there this time!

Here’s the official concert poster.

Here’s the full concert info at our website, with a map and other details.

“Imagine No Malaria: Tribute to Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder”
April 29th, 7 pm
Town Center Plaza

255 Parkway Blvd

Coppell, TX

Connections will be back two weeks later, in Coppell, playing at another great outdoor space…the pavilion behind Coppell Town Center. This is another incredible outdoor venue. The same show as in Allen, but we’ll be featuring the “Coppell horns,” and an opening act of “Amber Open Skies.” (Connections downbeat is at 7 pm)

The beneficiary of this show will be “Imagine No Malaria,” an ambitious program that seeks to eradicate malaria from the face of the planet by 2015.

Click here  for the official concert info at our website, including a map.

Hope you’ll be able to come to support Connections in both places, and give me a shot in Fayetteville if you’re around next week.

See you soon,

Eric Folkerth

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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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