This Past Weekend in PA & TX
Sun., Aug. 21. 2005 12:29pm EDT
This past weekend's concerts weren't huge affairs held in major megalopolises, but they sure were a lot of fun. No matter how far off the beaten path we play, God always seems to provide old friends who drive the distance to see us, longtime fans who've been waiting for us to come to a place near them, and new fans who are discovering ApologetiX for the first time. That's a surefire recipe for a great audience, as was proven Friday in Cyclone PA (near Bradford) and Saturday in Nash TX (near Texarkana).
Thanks to Dave Kohlmeier for setting up Friday's show in Cyclone PA (near Bradford) and treating us like royalty. Even our sound check was well attended, and we took the opportunity to pull out a bunch of parodies from the past, including, "Triune Godhead," "You May Be Bright," "Monkey Scheme," "Trooth," "Lions," and "Little Sins."
Thanks also to Carla Grossman and the rest of her Walton-sized family for taking care of the CD table. Special thanks to our bass player, Keith Haynie, for driving the band van 3.5 hours back from Cyclone to his home in Ellwood City and allowing Karl and J. to sleep at his house (for a whole hour) until it was time to leave for the airport at 4 a.m., so we could fly to Texas.
Thanks to Johnny Rounsavall and Gene Barber for coordinating Saturday's concert in Nash TX (near Texarkana), just days after another show they did with Christian rapper KJ-52, and for driving us 90 minutes each way from the Shreveport (LA) airport. Thanks also Johnny's oldest daughter, Carmen, for acting as her dad's copilot and giving us a hand onstage with "The Real Sin Savior."
A number of the experimental songs from Friday's sound check made it onto Saturday's set list, and they got some of the best responses from the crowd. Thanks also to Johnny's wife, Cheryl, for supervising the CD table. We really enjoyed hanging out with our opening band, Nova, too. They're four guys with great hearts, although their lead singer looked so much like Ashton Kutcher that we wondered if we were being "punked!"