ApologetiX in Miami, Indy, Philly & Chattanooga
Thu., May. 20. 2004 1:03am EDT
1. Next Weekend: Miami FL, Greenfield IL (Indy) & Mount Ephraim NJ (Philly)
2. Two Weeks Out: Chattanooga TN
3. Upcoming Concerts
4. "Look Yourself" #1 for Seventh Week
5. Update on Fred's Daughter
6. A New Baby Horse for the Messners
J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.
Well, we're back from Arizona, a beautiful place with wonderful people, where today's weather is brought to you by the makers of Arid Extra Dry. Thanks to J.D., Jeff and all the others who took such good care of us during our two days in the Mesa/Phoenix area! It was very relaxing to actually be able to get eight hours of sleep in a single night and not just for the entire weekend. In fact, we almost got to spend an extra day there courtesy of the Phoenix airport.
Oh, we've done the drill so many times, we always get to the airport in plenty of time, but we had so much extra time built in that we decided to eat at the food court and shop for souvenirs before going through security. When all that was done, we still had an hour until our flight. However, as we approached the security gates, you could almost hear the Who's Roger Daltrey singing "I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles." Oh yeah.
Apparently, a lot of people had come to Phoenix just to see ApologetiX, and once they found out we were leaving town, they had no reason to stay. :) It turns out that some security employees had gone on break during a particularly busy time, and this caused a bottleneck in traffic flow through security, because they only had two gates open. Well, to make a long story short, we made it to our gate just as they were shutting the door to the plane ... and by the time we reached cruising altitude, I think we had all finally regained the breath we lost on the mad dash to the gate, which of course, was at the end of the terminal!
Speaking of breathless, we know that many of you have been waiting in breathless anticipation for us to finally reveal the mystery location and time of this Sunday's farewell concert for celebrated WZZD morning show host, Philadelphia's own Tim "Timmy D." DeMoss. Look no further than the Section 1 below.
1. THIS WEEKEND: MIAMI, FL; GREENFIELD IN (INDY), & MOUNT EPHRAIM NJ (PHILLY)
Friday, May 21 at 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
Double Show with Freddie Colloca and ApologetiX
Tickets $14, and groups of 20 are $12 each, and purchases can be made by calling the church, area Christian Bookstores,
or online at the church website
Major Credit cards will be accepted
WAYSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
7701 SW 98 Street
Miami, FL 33156 http://www.waysidebaptist.org
Saturday, May 22 at 6:30pm
Tickets can be purchased at the church or area bookstores $10 advance, $14 door
Sponsored by INDIANA CHRISTIAN NEWS
Park Chapel Christian Church
1176 East Mckenzie
Greenfield (Indianapolis), IN 46140
For more information contact: 317-770-7670
Sunday, May 23 at 6:00pm
Timmy D Appreciation Bash!
Glad Tidings Assembly of God
407 North Black Horse Pike
Mount Ephraim, NJ 08059
For more information contact:
Tickets are free but please email firstname.lastname@example.org with how many you're bringing (so they can have some idea of what to expect)
2. TWO WEEKS OUT: CHATTANOOGA TN
Friday, June 4 - ApologetiX Headline at 9:00 PM Gates open at 6 PM
with Jonah 33 and others Luis Palau Livin it BMX & Skateboard Team and featuring some X-Gamers
Tickets: 1-day $10.95 or 2-day $19.95 passes, which include
J-Fest on Saturday Currently, tickets can be purchased by phone at
J 103 or beginning in April visit Whitewing Christian books in Cleveland, TN Major Credit Cards are accepted
Tent camping available $2 per person, RV Camping is $15 per vehicle
Sponsored by J103 Radio J-FACTOR
Camp Jordan Exit 1 (last exit in TN before you hit Georgia)
3. UPCOMING CONCERTS
This list adds concerts frequently, so stay tuned for more info. 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
949-770-3001 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST).
May 21 - Miami FL May 22 - Greenfield, IN May 23 - Mount Ephraim, NJ Jun 04 - Chattanooga, TN Jun 12 - Milwaukee WI Jun 26 - Manlius, IL Jun 27 - Springfield IL Jul 10 - LiFest '04, Oshkosh WI Jul 16 - Sonshine '04, Wilmar MN Jul 18 - Kimberly WI Jul 24 - Bensalem PA Jul 29 - Richmond VA Aug 01 - Ludington MI Aug 04 - Kingdom Bound '04, Darien Center NY Aug 21 - Calhoun LA Sep 05 - Erie PA Sep 10 - 12 West Linn OR Sep 18 - Alton IL Oct 09 - Peachtree City GA (Atlanta)
4. "LOOK YOURSELF" #1 FOR SEVENTH WEEK
"Look Yourself," the first single from our "Adam Up" CD, recently moved back up the charts on CMRadio.Net to spend its seventh week at #1. A similar phenomenon happened on the ChristianBEATS charts, where it hit #1 for two weeks in January and then eventually began a gradual descent but later started moving back up the charts, although it is now descending again, moving from #7 to #15 last week. Not bad for a single that's been out for over half a year (27 weeks)!
"Lifestyles of the Rich & Nameless," the second single, is now at #30 on CMRadio.Net's charts. The full chart can be found at: http://www.cmradio.net/charts/3_weeklychart.html Here's the top 10:
1 ApologetiX - Look Yourself < 7 Weeks at #1! > [Parodudes]
2 Todd Agnew - Grace Like Rain [Ardent]
3 Skillet - Savior [Ardent]
4 Sanctus Real - Beautiful Day [Sparrow Label Group]
5 Jars Of Clay - Show You Love [Essential]
6 Switchfoot - Dare You to Move [Sparrow Label Group]
7 Plus One - Be Love [Inpop]
8 Jeremy Camp - Right Here [BEC Recordings]
9 Audio Adrenaline - Leaving 99 [Forefront Records]
10 Big Dismal - Just The Same [Wind-up]
5. UPDATE ON FRED'S DAUGHTER
As most of you know, our friend and former drummer Fred Behanna, who played drums on "Biblical Graffiti" and "Spoofernatural" (plus some additional guest percussion on "Keep the Change" and "Grace Period"), has a daughter named Beth who has had repeated battles with Hodgkin's Disease. Many of you write to us and ask for updates on Beth. Here's the latest report from Fred:
"Last week Beth received the report from her oncologist about her most recent catscan; once again she has remained in remission :) This is obviously very exciting news and we are so thankful to all of you that have prayed for her.
"She does seem to be battling depression however so I ask you to please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Each time she gets a clean report my initial thoughts are that she should be celebrating the news but, to her, it's getting to be nothing more than a 'wait til next time.' She has been in remission about five times now but eventually the disease has found it's way back into her system ... She just feels that as soon as she thinks things are OK she gets knocked down again. Because of the ups and downs, I ask you to keep that situation in your prayers also. Thanks again for your prayers.
If you'd like to email Fred, he can be reached at email@example.com
6. A NEW BABY HORSE FOR THE MESSNERS
As most of you know, our lead guitarist, Karl Messner, and his wife, Deb, own several horses, and Debbie has been training and riding show horses since childhood. About a month ago, we reported that one of their horses had given birth to a healthy foal. From what I understand, horse births can be pretty risky, so this news came as both a joy and relief for the Messners. At the time, Debbie noted that another of their horses, Molly, was due soon, and I know they were approaching that even with both excitement and nervousness, hoping for another healthy birth. We'll let Deb tell you the good news:
"You know, God never ever ceases to amaze me in the phenomenal things He does.... At 1:59 AM on Monday, May 17, 2004, Molly gave birth to the most stunningly gorgeous Paint colt you could ever, ever imagine. Even though he is 2 1/2 weeks early, he's in perfect condition, incredibly healthy and alert, and has so many white markings on him that it took us a while to take "inventory" of them all!!
"I didn't officially start my "nightly vigil" yet of waiting for Molly to have her baby. As of May 15, 2004, she was finally "in the clear" for having her baby safely, but she wasn't showing any signs that labor was anywhere near. As I told Jen on Saturday, that was the first day I've breathed for the past three months (since she tried to abort again in February).
"As it was, they had a tough time getting a hold of me by phone to let me know she had the baby, since my phone was on the charger downstairs and not by my bed! :-P My first question? "Is it alive?"..... When she said "Yes, and they're both fine" I broke down and cried.
"I cried the whole way to the barn - literally. I was so overwhelmed that after a year of decisions and worrying and medications and fears and wondering if we did the right thing by breeding Molly again after the loss of Dove - we somehow managed to pull this thing off. Worrying about Molly and her unborn baby has consumed my thoughts for more than 320 days, and hearing that the baby was alive was like the entire world had been lifted off my shoulders.
"I had asked them NOT to tell me what it was (boy or girl, or if it was colored like its Mom) - only to tell me if it was alive or not. So when I walked into the barn Jen was so excited, and made me cover my eyes and be pointed into the stall. He's COMPLETELY covered in white splotches - just like I wanted. He's huge, absolutely conformationally correct, and one of the prettiest Paint horses I've ever seen.
"And best of all? He's alive and well. That in itself is a miracle. That first embrace with him I will always remember. After the horrifying experience of burying Dove last year, putting my arms around a squirming, strong, warm and vibrant foal is an experience I will never forget. After about two hours of watching them (Molly is actually turning out to be a protective - and, so far, good - Mom, which shocked all of us), Jen pointed out something that I hadn't noticed before, and which sent chills coursing through me. On his left hip is a separated white splotch that looks exactly like a dove........
"So now, I would like to introduce you to our newest member of the family.....
"'Reggie' (aka 'Hot Molten Moolah') Born 1:59AM on May 17, 2004 Loud-colored sorrel overo colt
(A Note About His Name: In order to have Molly "hold" this pregnancy, she had to be on medication daily to keep her progesterone levels up to support her pregnancy. The medication is called "Regu-Mate" - so it was only fitting that a baby who is literally only here because of that medication be called "Reggie" ) And no, I haven't stopped crying since he was born...... ;)"
God bless you!
-- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) www.apologetix.com firstname.lastname@example.org
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.