ApologetiX in CA, MN/ND, MI, PA, OR, the Repair Sh
Wed., Jul. 23. 2003 11:58pm EDT
J. Jackson, lead singer for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.
1.This Thursday: Spirit West Coast, Monterey CA
2.This Saturday: Spirit Fest Midwest, Detroit Lakes MN (Near Fargo ND)
3.This Sunday: WTRK Anniversary Party, Bay City MI
4.Next Saturday: Indiana PA (J's Alma Mater)
5.Next Sunday: Roseburg OR
6.Encouragement From Everywhere
7.Upcoming Concerts (Including New Ones in Jackson NJ and Wausau WI)
8."Remember the Van" CD Sale
Thanks to all of you who wrote with your concerns, encouragement and prayers regarding our van troubles last week. I'll give you the update in a nutshell:
When I last reported to you, we were sitting inside our 15-passenger Dodge van on board a flatbed truck towing our trailer and bound for Emporia KS. It was Tuesday, and we weren't scheduled to play Emporia until Friday, so we had a good head start. Unfortunately, we were due in Bastrop TX and Brownsville TX on Wednesday and Thursday.
Well, the good news is that the Dodge dealer was able to figure out what was wrong with our van and they had it fixed by Friday. In the meantime, they rented us vehicles and we were able to make it to both concerts in Texas on time without hitting any of that hurricane weather the people in Texas were worried about. That bad news is our van's engine was shot, and it cost us $7000 for a new reconditioned engine, on top of the $300-plus it took to repair the gas pump we accidentally broke that same afternoon, the $300 for the new radiator earlier that afternoon, and the $75 for the new radiator at the start of the day.
However, by Saturday, we were able to drive our own van to the concert in Camdenton MO (had some great conversations with the guys in Disciple and Riley Armstrong while we were there). Unfortunately, the trip home blew out the transmission (We knew it was going to need replaced soon), and the van is once again in the shop. That's going to cost another $1500-2000.
Can anyone say: It's time to offer that cracked CD sale again? Well, we will, and I've included that information at the end of this email, but before we go any further, I have to say: These unforeseen expenses are hitting us at a really bad time, so please pray for us. However, we are confident that God will provide, as He always has, and we praise Him that we were able to make every single concert last week. And we also started playing a few new songs on this tour, parodies that are scheduled to be included on our next CD (Sorry no deadline for that one yet, although we'd love to have it out by the end of the year!)
It just so happens that we have received a ton of encouraging emails this week from people whose lives have been changed by God working through ApologetiX, and I'd like to share those with you, because they are really exciting (See Section #6, "Encouragement from Everywhere.") But first, here's the concert info for this week:
1. THIS THURSDAY: SPIRIT WEST COAST, MONTEREY CA
Thursday, Jul 24, 2003 12:00 p.m.
** new time **
Spirit West Coast
"Camp Meeting Stage" (seats 3,000)
Laguna Seca Recreation Area
BOX OFFICE: 831.443.5399
More information: http://www.spiritwestcoast.org/home.php
2. THIS SATURDAY: SPIRIT FEST MIDWEST, DETROIT LAKES MN (NEAR FARGO ND)
JULY 26, 2003 1:45 PM
SPIRIT FEST MIDWEST
Soo Pass Ranch
25526 County Highway 22
3. THIS SUNDAY: WTRK ANNIVERSARY PARTY, BAY CITY MI
If my memory serves me correctly, the legendary boy band, the Bay City Rollers (Remember "S-A-T-U-R D-A-Y Night" their huge hit from the winter of 1975-76?), although based out of Scotland, took the Bay City part of their name from Bay City MI.
Sunday, July 27, 2003 5pm
FREE Event Sponsored by WTRK Radio WTRK
Anniversary Party CREATED FOR CARING
400 N. Madison Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
CONTACT: 989-892-1189 OR
Terry Patterson nickelbox@RLCE.org
4. NEXT SATURDAY: INDIANA PA (J's Alma Mater)
Saturday, August 2, 2003 TBA
Tickets $5 for 11 years and older
Sponsored by FISH Radio
Indiana County Fairgrounds
Carter Avenue Indiana, PA 15701
Contact: 724-349-4103 or
5. NEXT SUNDAY: ROSEBURG OR
Sunday, August 3, 2003 TBA PM
Tickets: $10 advance, $12 door
Roseburg Christian Fellowship
1376 NE Walnut Street
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
CONTACT: 541-672-7222 or
6. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM EVERYWHERE
As promised above, here are some excerpts from some of the encouraging emails we've received recently. God has excellent ways of giving you hope to carry on!
Two years ago, while on a Speech & Drama trip with my school, I brought along your CD 'Keep The Change'. It was the first time I had ever heard of ApologetiX, so I had bought it the week before, thinking it would be an enjoyable listen. Enjoyable didn't even begin to describe it! I was blown away! Especially by the parody of 'The Real Slim Shady', 'The Real Sin Savior'. It was so awesome! Anyway, on this Speech & Drama trip, one of my friends asked me what I was listening to. He wasn't a Christian and he was one of the people that I had always been trying to witness to. I let him listen to the CD and he thought it was the sweetest thing he had ever heard.
He started asking me questions about some of the lyrics in the song, and before long, I realized that I had essentially witnessed to him through your music. Your music made it so much easier to witness and I didn't have to think about what I was doing or worry if I was going to get teased or anything. Well, I kept on after my friend, who I later found out went out and bought 'Keep The Change' for himself. He listened to the album constantly and every time a real song came on the radio or at a school dance, we would get together and sing the parody to it, while others looked on and wondered what we were doing. Last year, my friend came to Christ. Thanks to you and your music, my friend now has a new life in Christ, our God. Thanks for everything!
Michael J. Mandeville Montana
I went to your site www.apologetix.com and i was looking at it and i accepted Christ in my life. I thank Him very much for you and i pray He uses you even more! I was most of my life Muslim, Iam 23 years old male from Miami FL and my parents are both saved too. I went to your site and listened to the Apologetix radio and it really hit me and then i wanted Christ in my life.
Ali Miami FL
Keep on spreading the word man. Oh, by the way, when I was going to school at Oklahoma State University, I was listening to "The Real Sin Savior" one day with my door open and a guy (unsaved) came by and thought it was the coolest thing in the world. That just goes to show that you guys are touching the world in an awesome way with your music.
Mark Lemon Oklahoma
You guys really rock and you could never know how much you've touched my life. I have my own business and its in the construction field but the music on our job sites when we get to choose is all you guys. Love to see the expressions on the faces when they realize the lyrics are different. We love you guys.
William Longacre Oklahoma
Just wanted to let you know how much your music has influenced our family. Last night, when I asked my seven-year-old sister, Abby, what she wanted for a bedtime snack, she replied, "An ApologetiX sandwich". I was puzzled as to what she meant, but she went on to ask for lettuce, pickles, etc. When asked why she called that particular combination an "ApologetiX sandwich", she explained, "Because it's my favorite" :) Today at lunch she requested it again, then told her four-year-old friend, "ApologetiX is my favorite band, and that's my favorite sandwich." Now that's dinner music! :)
Christy Baum Ohio
I belong to the Christian Motorcyclists Association ( www.cmausa.org). We reach out in various ways to motorcyclists - Banditos, Gypsy's, Grey Ghosts, Sons of Silence to name a few. One of the ways is by attending their motorcycle rallies. These rallies have bandstands set up outside and have music going at all times. There is one man that is very popular in the area and does most of the local rallies. He goes by the name of BoogieButt Productions. He is usually very drunk and staggering around the place. My husband and I and another couple set up a tent at these rallies and kind of provide a "safe haven" for the kids that have been brought to these rallies and present Jesus to them. We often have your cd playing as they often are very familiar with the "tunes".
A couple months ago BoogieButt ( sorry, I don't know his real name) was passing by our tent at a rally and quickly became interested in the music he was hearing from our tent. He listened a moment and caught on real quick that there was a different message to the music he was hearing. He later that day remarked that he would like to borrow our cd and play it from the bandstand. He thought it was so cool! The next morning we saw him as we were loading things up to leave, and he was actually sober. He returned our cd and we actually gave him the cd's that we had and told him they were his, if he would play them at the rallies. He agreed. Two weeks ago, we attended a rally but didn't have the tent set up, so he had no way of knowing that we were there. It sure blessed my heart to keep hearing your music being blasted all over that rally. I believe that man has been touched by God through your music, and who knows where it may lead him. Praise The Lord!
Sandy Hunter Texas
Mike and Casey came home (from the ApologetiX concert in Fonda NY) with a CD to share with Jason and me, and a lot of laughter in their hearts after listening to you. Frankly, my husband doesn't find a lot funny anymore, he's a 100% disabled vet due to the Gulf War and has a pretty tough time. To see him so filled with joy after your performance was the greatest gift I have received in a long time. Thank you so much.
Ellen Preckel (Mike, Casey and Jason too!) New York
I just wanted to send you some pictures of the Apologetix in Surabaya Indonesia. These two pics are me and a High School Student named Florian from Indonesia, he call's himself Ugly Kid Flo, this is the first time he has ever heard you guys, (He's a Christian not Muslim). You can see his reaction, he love it, He wanted to know where he could get more. I gave him mine, I left him with Biblical Graffiti, Keep the Change, Spoofernatural and Grace Period so he could share them with his church and friends. We also did a Fun Night with about 30 students from local High Schools and all the music was you guys.
There were about 5 Christians and 25 Muslims in attendance. They flipped over the music. Your music floored them, the Muslim kids wanted to know more about this Jesus you were singing about. You helped open the door for us, we were not allowed to talk about God in the class setting, but thanx to Him working in and through your music, we were able to share the gospel with all of them, and let me tell you what, one 15-year-old girl named Risca, prayed to receive Christ and on the last day we were there, I had the privilege of Baptizing her. God is good all the time. Your music allowed the door to be open. I just want to give all glory honor and praise to Him for using you for Kingdom building. One more for the Kingdom, Priceless. May God bless you and your ministry.
Donny Nelson Warrior 4 Christ
7. UPCOMING CONCERTS (INCLUDING NEW ONES IN JACKSON NJ AND WAUSAU WI)
This list adds concerts frequently, so stay tuned for more info. By this time next week, you may see a couple of concerts in Florida in September, plus another festival concert in Pittsburgh.
For the full details on all of the concerts below, please go to http://www.apologetix.com/tour.html and scroll to the bottom. To inquire about booking a concert, please contact Kathleen Burke at email@example.com or Burke Communications at 949-770-3001 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST).
Jul 24 - Spirit West Coast, CA Jul 26 - Detroit Lakes, MN (Spirit Fest Midwest) Jul 27 - Bay City MI Aug 02 - Indiana, PA Aug 03 - Roseburg OR Aug 05 - Kingdom Bound NY Aug 08 - Greenville MI Aug 09 - Portland OR Aug 10 - Phillipsburg KS Aug 15 - Salt Lake City UT Aug 16 - Cheyenne WY Aug 17 - Fremont NE Aug 20 - Elizabethtown PA Aug 22 - Springfield IL Aug 23 - Cincinnati OH Aug 24 - Cincinnati OH Aug 29 - Elgin TX Aug 30 - Ellsworth ME Aug 31 - Rejoice 2003, Six Flags, Jackson NJ Sep 05 - Clarksville TN Sep 6 - Marion OH Sep 7 - Marion OH Sep 13 - Fairfield IL Sep 20 - Pontoon Beach IL Oct 25 - Rockton IL Nov 1 - Norcross GA Nov 7 - Wausau WI Nov 8 - Green Bay WI Nov 15 - Corpus Christi, TX
8. "REMEMBER THE VAN" CD SALE
What? You made it this far into the newsletter and didn't read about all our woes with the van? Then you need to go back to the introduction to this newsletter.
We're much better at eating hoagies and pizzas then making them, and we're on the road too much to do a car wash, so we're going to offer you our "Remember the Van" CD Sale instead!
We have a limited supply of CDs with cracked cases that we are selling at a greatly reduced price. All seven of our titles are available. All of the CDs and booklets are in perfect shape. The cases are in various degrees of disrepair, most are in near-perfect shape while a few don't even have cases, but all of them have the CD, the booklet and the tray card, so all you need is a CD case in good condition. I will autograph all of the CDs to help make up for the broken cases.
For a limited time only, we are making them available to our e-mail subscribers for $7 each. We are also putting our remastered "Have Yourself a Parody Little Christmas" six-song CDs on sale for a limited time for $7 each.
Mail orders only. Sorry, no credit cards. Please make checks/money orders payable to ApologetiX.
Shipping & handling is a flat rate of $5 for your entire order, no matter how many you order.
Simply print out this e-mail and fill out the form below and send it in along with your check/money order to the address at the bottom of the order form.
We must receive your check/money order before we ship. Don't worry about contacting us by e-mail. Just send the form via postal mail and include your name and address.
Please list the quantity in the blank space next to the title:
______ Grace Period
______ Keep the Change
______ Biblical Graffiti
______ Jesus Christ Morningstar
______ Radical History Tour
______ Christmas CD
________ TOTAL NUMBER of CDs ordered
x $7 Cost per CD
+ $5 Shipping & Handling
________ TOTAL COST (please make checks/money orders payable to ApologetiX)
City, State, Zip: ________________________________________________________
Please include this order form and print your address information on the order
Send your order, along with your check or money order, to:
Pittsburgh PA 15212-1977
-- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) www.apologetix.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.