This Past Weekend in MI & OH
Mon., Oct. 23. 2006 12:31am EDT
Our concerts this past weekend in Muskegon MI (Friday), Huron OH (Saturday), and Cambridge OH (Sunday) brought in some big crowds and brought back some old memories.
As some of you know, we played several informal concerts as APNAB (Absolutely Positively Not A Band) in the two years between Karl and J.'s first jam session together in late May 1990 and our first concert as ApologetiX in late March 1992. The first of these was at a Youth For Christ event in the fall of 1990 -- at a barn, surrounded by many bales of hay. They even had a giant maze built of out of the stuff, and the youth were a lot more interested in that than they were in us. :)
So you can imagine our trepidation when we discovered our concert Saturday night in Huron would be held in a big open barn, surrounded by bales of hay. No giant mazes this time around, though, thankfully. Without that distraction, with 16 more years to hone our craft, we had no trouble holding the audience's attention this time around. And, get this -- there were well over 700 people packed into the place!
Friday's concert in Muskegon was a return to the first town we ever played in the Great Lakes State, way back in the spring of 2000. We've played 32 more concerts in Michigan since then. Although the coordinator of that very first concert, Kyle Segar (no relation to Bob Seger, although he does still like that old-time rock and roll), has since moved away from Muskegon, he and his wife and three kids were on hand for the festivities. Like that first Muskegon concert six and a half years ago, this one was well organized and well attended.
Sunday's concert in Cambridge was another return trip; we played for the same congregation at a different location in September 2005, but this time around, they brought even more people. :) We hope we can do it again next year.
Ironically, the email we want to share regarding this past weekend isn't even from somebody who attended:
I can't believe J. missed making the perfect pun about your upcoming concerts in OH & MI!
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Oakland University Grizzlies
And the pun is: Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MI!
It was kinda tough to find the Grizzlies, but the pun was worth it. Thanks for all you do,
Kansas City MO
Editor's Note: That is a great pun, Stuart, although the Oakland University Grizzlies aren't the only stretch. The folks in Cincy are a long way from the places in OH where we played. We can't believe that with the World Series, you missed the Detroit Tigers! Then we could transfer the Cincinnati reference to the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, and have it be Lion and Tigers and Bear(cat)s, OH MI!
Anyway, that was a very funny email. Thanks!
Thanks also to:
Our concert coordinators: Mark Gordon (Muskegon), Greg Gasser (Huron), and Burt Campbell (Cambridge)
Our merchandise coordinators: Stefanie (a.k.a. Anne Hathaway) and Drew (Muskegon); Marie, Barbara, and Missy (Huron); Andrea, Sarah, and Marie (Cambridge).
Our roadies: Micah (Muskegon, Huron, and Cambridge); Rich, Larry, Brandon, and Greg (Huron and Cambridge); and Evan (Cambridge).
Our soundmen: Leon (Muskegon) and Greg (Huron and Cambridge).