This Past Weekend in Pennsylvania
Mon., Feb. 6. 2006 11:09pm EST
This past weekend's three concerts in Pennsylvania (Lancaster, McMurray, and Oakdale) were well received and well attended, especially when you consider the fact that half the population of Pennsylvania had migrated to Michigan for the Super Bowl.
We had a historic moment after Saturday's concert when our new drummer, Jimmy Tanner, got to meet the original ApologetiX drummer, Jeff Pakula. We didn't know that Jeff was in the audience until after the show or we would have brought him on stage. Jeff was the first musician to join up with Karl and J. after they started jamming, and he played with ApologetiX until the fall of 1993.
Although Jimmy had already played 21 concerts in 12 states with us beforehand, this past weekend's concerts were technically his first as our full-time drummer, and Saturday was his first in front of the hometown crowd. His wife, kids, and parents were all in attendance.
Another key person in ApologetiX history was in attendance Saturday -- Mike Murr, who coordinated the concert, was also the very first DJ to play ApologetiX on the air, way back in 1992. Mike was a college DJ at California University of Pennsylvania, and the first song of ours he ever played was a live cassette recording of "Lions," our parody of "Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band and Tesla. The version Mike played predated the "Isn't Wasn't Ain't" version by over a year.
Thanks to all of you Philadelphia Eagles fans and Cleveland Browns fans who braved the wrath of your neighbors by showing your support for our Steelers at the concerts Friday and Sunday. Don't worry; we won't divulge your names. Believe it or not, there were also Seattle Seahawks fans in attendance at both of those concerts.
Honorable mention to Mary Beth Benner and Emily Coffee, who came to all three concerts this past weekend with their own personal chauffeurs, Mary Beth's dad (Friday) and mom (Saturday and Sunday).
Special thanks to:
Our concert promoters, James Hoke (in Lancaster), Mike Murr (in McMurray -- or should we say MikeMurr-y), and Scott Fritz (in Oakdale).
Our sound men, Tucker (Friday) and Greg (Saturday and Sunday).
Our CD table coordinators, Jenn the Superchick (Friday and Sunday), Nikki, Dayna, and Jen (Friday); Bonnie, Eve, Sam, and David (Saturday).
Our opening act from Friday, Messenger, an African acapella group featuring teenage missionaries from Swaziland.