A Connections Concert for Ann Michele

As many of you know, our band, Connections has done some incredible shows for some incredible causes over the past five years. We’ve played for thousands of people, and raised more than $135, 000 for the two worthy causes of “Imagine No Malaria”(a) and UMCOR. In ways that defy our wildest imaginations, we’ve been successful beyond anything we could have predicted.

This Monday, we’ll do a show unlike any other, but for an equally good and special cause.

As some of you may or may not know, Ann Michele King, the daughter of our band’s musical director, Rusty, has been fighting hard against a very persistent cancer for now almost seven years.

Monday night, Connections will be doing a show to benefit Ann Michele and the King Family.

Seven years of treatments –at multiple hospitals and states– have really taken a toll on the family’s finances. And there are more major expenses on the way. And so, we’re breaking what has been our hard-and-fast rule to do shows that only benefit those two causes. We’ve been asked numerous times to benefit other causes in the past, and we’ve always turned those down (and probably still would…). We even considered doing a show for Ann Michele in the past. But the timing didn’t seem right.

But this time, the other founding members of Connections said “yes” without hesitation, and so did the rest of the band.
And so, here goes….

“The Best of Connections”
Benefiting Ann Michele King
Monday, June 27 7:00 pm


First UMC, Richardson
503 North Central Expwy

Richardson, Texas

Click here for the official show poster.

For those on Facebook, you can find an event page here.

Rusty will be playing with us (can you imagine him not?!). We’ll do songs from:

Chicago
Bill Joel
Stevie Wonder
Doobie Brothers
Dan Fogelberg
James Taylor
Carole King
Bad Company
Steve Miller
Fleetwood Mac
Elton John
Earth Wind and Fire

And many others…

We’ve taken the best songs you’ve heard us do in other shows, and put them together in this one show for this one special night. You won’t want to miss it.

Even if you don’t know Ann Michele, even if you’ve never seen Connections before,  it would be a wonderful thing to have you with us, to help us support Rusty, and the whole family. We all love Rusty like a brother, and the whole family means the world to us. We would do anything for them. One thing we can do is sing.

And, it will be a great night of music, featuring songs you’ll want to sing along with.

Much thanks to Mark Vowell, and all the great folks at Spring Valley…to Clayton Oliphant and all the great folks at FUMCR…and to Todd Harris and all the great folks at Allen. Many many people are coming together to make this show a reality, and it’s lovely to see.

Hope to see you there.

(a)our first few years, the beneficiary was “Nothing But Nets,” but both are companions in the same cause to eliminate malaria from Africa…

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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...)

One thought on “A Connections Concert for Ann Michele

  1. Thank you so much sharing this Erik! I'm so excited for the concert tomorrow, and my whole family is just so humbled by everyone's love and support. The good Lord has been such a faithful Provider, and we're truly blessed : ) Break a leg tomorrow!

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