ApologetiX in Missouri, Scotland, Chile, Plus Pupp
Thu., Feb. 7. 2002 2:08pm EST
J. Jackson, lead singer for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.
Thanks to all of you who came to see our two jam-packed shows in Edinboro PA last weekend! You guys were great!
1. ApologetiX in Missouri This Weekend and Next
2. Karl's Korner
3. ApologetiX in Scotland
4. "The Real Sin Savior" Number One in Oklahoma and Indiana
5. "Stay in the Light" Hits Top 10 in Chile
6. "Bethlehemian Rhapsody" in Year-End Top 10 in Denver
7. ApologetiX in Noize Magazine and DJ Times Magazine
8. Can it Be ... ApologetiX in Pittsburgh?
9. Puppet Show and ApologetiX
10. From Our Old Drummer Bob
11. Upcoming Concerts
1. APOLOGETIX IN MISSOURI THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT
Well, you "Show Me" people really showed us! We have two concerts booked for Missouri this weekend. The one on Friday is sold out, and the one on Saturday is getting there fast.
If you were planning to go to the Saturday show in Cape Girardeau, don't let that stop you! If you were planning to go the Friday show in Camdenton, although that show is sold out, we have booked another concert for Lebanon (about half an hour from Camdenton, I'm told) next weekend to handle the demand!
Fri., Feb. 8, 2002 at 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Camdenton
181 Iowa Street
Contact: Rusty Gunn Church Office: 573-346-3355
Sat., Feb. 9, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Cheerful Heart Ministries First Baptist Church
Cape Girardeau MO
Ticket Info: $7 Advance, $9 door
Contact: Jim Hoyt/Cheerful Heart Ministries
Web Site for tickets and contact info www.cheerfulheart.com
Sat., Feb. 16, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Lebanon Church of the Nazarene
North Highway 5
Ticket Info: $5 Advance, $7 door
Tickets available at Church 12-3 daily.
Contact: Mandy Hemphill
Kevin Binam, Youth Pastor
2. KARL'S KORNER
Hi, Karl Messner, here. Just wanted to tell you about something very cool. There is a company that does "Flash" videos for the web, and wanted to do something with us, and as something of a sales pitch, went ahead and did the first one free. Ok, I have to admit, I thought that telling the story of Jonah, with our song in the background, would be a neat idea, but I wasn't sure they'd have the Pixar quality that we'd hope for.
Boy were WE SURPRISED!
The video absolutely rocks and I couldn't wait for it to be on the net for you to see it. Now you can, and don't forget to play the Jonah game!
Here's the link: http://www.amvcentral.com/
And by the way, this represents a GREAT example of people using ApologetiX to teach, or learn. I had a request to show someone letters from fans who use ApologetiX in a teaching setting or ministry setting. I get a bunch, but I haven't saved them... until now.
If you have a testimonial about ApologetiX being used in a teaching environment or even to help you learn specific things, tell me about them in an email. I've set up a special email address just for this. Send your ApologetiX used in ministry, Sunday School, Home School, discipleship or personal devotion to this address:
We're headed out on the road Thursday, and I'm looking forward to reading some great stories!
Thanks, Karl (Make sure you check out the Bible verse at the end of this e-mail!)
3. APOLOGETIX IN SCOTLAND!
We got this e-mail the other day from a fan in Scotland!
"Hi guys. Just wanted to know if you would like to add the name of the bookstore that I work in to your list of stores that stock ApologetiX. We have been stocking all the albums since around October last year and they have been selling great. The address for our store is: Wesley Owen Books & Music, 24-28 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 6PA, Scotland."
Isn't God great?
4. "THE REAL SIN SAVIOR" #1 IN OKLAHOMA AND INDIANA
Here's the latest from Greg Griffin at KOKF in Oklahoma City, OK:
"'The Real Sin Savior' (from "Keep the Change") has been number one in our POP/CHR report for three weeks in a row. The chart is based on listener response research and number of spins. KOKF reports to R&R and CCM Update."
A little bird tells me we may have some news for you soon about an ApologetiX summer concert in Oklahoma. Stay tuned. Thanks for the update, Greg!
Mike Stankovic at WFHB in Bloomington IN, one of the most well-connected and kindhearted God-loving radio guys I've ever met, says "The Real Sin Savior" also hit number one Heirforce One on WFHB "and the local bookstore couldn't keep it in stock ... very backordered."
Mike and Jammin Jim' Surman do The Sonrise Mix show on Saturday 6-8 a.m., and Mike (alias "Tha Messenger") teams with Deacon Clarence Boone on Heirforce One, where you always hear "Tha tightest beats and tha hardest lyrics" on Sunday from 6-8 a.m.
They'll be helping to promote our show in Martinsville IN February 24. These guys have been great to us! Thanks, Mike, Jim and Clarence!
5. "STAY IN THE LIGHT" HITS TOP 10 IN CHILE
We just received the latest edition of Musica Joven, aired on five stations in Chile and our parody "Stay in the Light" from "Keep the Change" is in the Top 10, along with Out of Eden, U2, P.O.D. and TobyMac. Rebecca St.James and Jaci Vel·squez. Awesome!
6. "BETHLEHEMIAN RHAPSODY" IN YEAR-END TOP 10 IN DENVER
Jay Michaels, the co-host of Denver's Christian rock/alternative show, The Invasion, on 94.7 KRKS-FM in Denver tells us that "Our listeners love you here" and that Bethlehemian Rhapsody was one of the top 10 most-requested songs for 2001. Not bad for a song that came out in October! Other groups on the top 10 included MxPx, Five Iron Frenzy, P.O.D., Extol and Living Sacrifice, so that's quite different company than we kept on that Top 10 chart in Chile!
7. APOLOGETIX IN NOIZE MAGAZINE AND DJ TIMES MAGAZINE
Jeff Stiles from Noize Magazine contacted us this past week with his two cents worth on Keep the Change:
"Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I've got a paragraph on ApologetiX in a story that's published in the current (February) issue of the international music publication DJ Times Magazine, which can be located at any major newsstand (and in a couple weeks will be available online on our site at www.djtimes.com. Plus, there's a review of your last CD in the current online issue of Noize Magazine atwww.thenoize.faithweb.com."
Here's the text of the review: "While on their previous five projects Apologetix proved their were clever, on their newest release this Christian parody band proves they're also good musicians. They do take some liberties (i.e. a keyboard solo on "Old Time Romans Road"?), but overall the songs sound much like the originals with Bible-based lyrics substituted. Everyone from Nine Days to Blink 182 to Limp Bizkit to AC/DC to Lynard Skynard to Queen to the Beatles get covered-19 full songs in all from 18 different artists. "Bethlehem Rhapsody" is the only repeat here from an earlier Apologetix release (this particular parody from the group's 1994 release, Biblical History Tour). The most realistic-sounding parodies would have to be "Stay in the LIght" (Bee Gees) and "The Real Sin Savior" (Eminem). Check out the group's website for complete song listings from each of the group's six releases."
8. CAN IT BE ... APOLOGETIX IN PITTSBURGH?
Hey, Karl here again: We're trying to support Christian music in our hometown of Pittsburgh, which has no music radio station right now, and thus, no Christian music culture to speak of. Pittsburgh is missing out on the blessings that many people have appreciated from the ministries of Christian musicians.
To that end, we've talked the promoters of the concert in Pittsburgh on March 21 (See Upcoming Concerts section below for more details) to lower the presale price to $8 for people on our fan list only. It will stay $10 on the website, and $12 at the door.
For ticket info, email: Chris Girard at email@example.com Tell her you're an ApologetiX eFan and she'll know you get the discount!
9. PUPPET SHOW AND APOLOGETIX?
Over the past few years, we have been contacted countless times by puppet ministries who use ApologetiX parodies as part of their shows for children and adults. It is amazing just how many puppet ministries there are in the world and how many of them have honored us by using our CDs to reach others for Christ! Our CDs are even stocked by One Way Street in Colorado, which supplies materials to puppet ministries all over the world. We think that's very cool, and we're humbled by it.
That having been said, we can't help but giggle at the similarity of our career path to that of Britain's legendary heavy metal band Spinal Tap. Not only have we both gone through a lot of drummers over the years (of course, ours are all alive and still friends with us), but Tap played one of their last shows at a theme park where the marquee read "Puppet Show and Spinal Tap." If you've seen the movie, you know that lead singer David St. Hubbins' girlfriend-turned-manager saw the sign and uttered the classic line, "I told them a hundred times it's supposed to be 'Spinal Tap and Puppet Show.'"
In fact, when we were kicking around names for the last CD, Bill and I joked about spoofing Metallica's "Master of Puppets" and calling it "Pastor of Puppets" or "Pastor of Muppets." But now, it seems, we have topped Tap. Are you ready for ApologetiX puppets? Dig this e-mail we recently received:
"Jeannie here from The Shepherds Puppet Ministry - South Africa. I am planning a show like a rock concert show, we will be using all your songs and it will be all black light. I think it will be great. Basically the Apologetix band in puppets. Hope you don't mind a puppet taking your place ... I will see that you get a photo of our Puppet version of the Apologetix band."
I can't wait to see the photos! That is pretty wild!
10. FROM OUR OLD DRUMMER BOB
Bob Flaherty served as ApologetiX drummer from May 1995 till September 1998, including all the drums on our "Ticked" (i.e. "Rolling Clone") CD. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org if you ever want to say hello. Bob was an ApologetiX fan and a good friend before he became our drummer, and he remains an ApologetiX fan and good friend. When he moved to South Carolina last year, I lost more than just a friend ó I lost my home repair guy, too (By the way, thanks to our Karl, who came to my rescue yesterday when I broke a light fixture while getting our daughter's new bunk beds set up.)
One of the many cool things about Bob is that he learns the words to our parodies and it helps him to memorize scripture. Here's an e-mail he sent us the other day:
"Hey, I just played Bible trivia with Jill and some friends. He just finished seminary and his wife just finished Bible college. I totally crushed them thanks to ApologetiX. He was so impressed that I knew so much from one band I gave him the Christmas CD and Keep the change. He says he wants to order the others too. Just wanted to say thanks for the free subliminal info. By the way, Karl will be happy to know I answered 2 questions from the lyrics in 'Rock and Roots' - one about Obed, and one about Boaz. I got Obed because the question was 'Who was Ruth's first son?' I knew Ruth was David's great grand mother from 'Naomi Gonna be with Ruth' and I just counted backwards from "Rock and Roots."
Another was the guy who fell asleep while Paul was preaching ... Eudachaes, or however it's spelled (Editor's Note: It's Eutychus, Bob!), from Keith's fav the 'Livin' After Midnight' parody (Editor's Note: This is from an early tape ApologetiX put out in 1992.) I also got a couple from 'La Bible.' See ya, Bob"
11. UPCOMING CONCERTS
Here is how the rest of our 2002 concert schedule is shaping up. We've added new concerts and information since the last newsletter. Please note that our schedule changes frequently, with new concerts being added all the time. There are plenty of other concerts in the works that are not listed yet on the schedule below. Also, some of the dates and details below have not yet been finalized, so please check with the contact to make sure of details.
To schedule a concert at your church or to ask questions about any of the concerts below, please contact our booking agent, Kathleen Burke at email@example.com or call (949) 770-3001 (Pacific Standard Time). To get directions from your house to any of these concerts, go to www.mapquest.com and type in your starting point and the concert location as the end destination.
Fri., Feb. 22, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Jackson St. Station at Southside Baptist Church
2300 South Jackson St.
Tickets $5 advance, $7 door
Contact: David or Debi Ashley Phone: (608) 757-8220
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://jacksonstreetstation.tripod.com
Sat., Feb. 23, 2002 (Two Shows) 6:30-8:00 p.m. 8:45-10:15 p.m.
Cup O' Joy Coffee House
232 South Broadway
Green Bay WI
Admission: Free (Love Offering Taken)
Contact: Jan Oettinger Cup Phone (open hours only): 920-435-3269
Jan's phone: 920-437-6694 email@example.com www.cupojoy.com
Sun., Feb. 24, 2002 at 4:30 p.m., opening act at 3:45 p.m.
Eastview Christian Church
Sponsored by the Seekers of God Youth Group of Martinsville Baptist Church
Contact: Rick Hoffman 765-342-7806 firstname.lastname@example.org
Martinsville Baptist Church 765-342-3616 Eastview Christian Church 765-342-3616
Saturday, March 2 Time TBA
First Union Spectrum Stadium
Philadelphia Kixx Soccer Game
Admission: Tickets $14 and $15
Contact: Tim DeMoss, WZZD 800-990-9673
To order tickets, call 1-888-888-KIXX (5499) and ask about the "ApologetiX concert" on March 2
Fri., March 8, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by KNLE Radio
Westlake Fine Arts Auditorium
4100 Westbank Drive
Austin TX Admission: $15 advance, $20 door
(We sold out the morning of the concert last year!)
Contact: Brandon Johnson
Station phone: 512-257-8801 email@example.com
Sat., March 16, 2002 at 7 p.m.
First General Baptist Church
1102 W. Hemphill Road
Admission: Tickets $8 advance, $10 at door
Contact: First General Baptist Church 810-232-2674
Tickets can be purchased at First General Baptist Church and:
Family Christian Bookstore 810-732-6709 Sunshine Bible Shop 810-233-0643
Thursday, March 21, 2002 5-11 pm
1st hundred tickets sold are $10 each.
After that, $12.
Reserve by email.
Plus there's a special for families.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2040 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA (Upper Saint Clair)
Contact: Ron Felgar 412-853-9379 firstname.lastname@example.org
ApologetiX headlines this evening of Christian music including Jeff Trish, Wings Praise, Remnant, 3Thirty3 and Ten Point Ten.
Come see the only time this year that ApologetiX Keyboardist for hire, Bill Hubauer, actually sits in a live show!! (and get to see him MEET our drummer, Bill Rieger, with whom he's been on two albums!)
Friday, March 22, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $12 General Admission, $15 Artists Circle
Tyler Metro Church - Sponsored by Downs Productions
14196 Highway 110 S. Tyler
Tyler, Texas (near Dallas)
Contact: Mr. Terry Downs
903-683-8080 Email: email@example.com
Tickets Online: http://downsproductions.com
Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 7 p.m.
West Virginia Annual Conference
United Methodist Youth Spring Gathering
Contact: James Malick Phone: 304-366-5188
Saturday, April 20, 2002
The Brunswick Performance
Sponsored by Medina Alliance Fellowship
3581 Center Road
Contact: Pastor Dave Wiener/Medina Alliance Fellowship
Sunday, April 21-25, 2002 Karl Messner Interviews at GMA Week, Nashville
Friday, April 26, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Glad Tidings Church
750 E. Grangeville
Contact: Jeff Milhon 559-584-6644 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Kick-off for Ministries and "Celebrate Recovery"
Weather permitting this will be an outdoor concert
Antelope Crossing Middle School
9200 Palmerson Dr.
Antelope, CA (suburb of Sacramento)
Sponsored by North Valley Church www.northvalleychurch.org
Contact: Tony Nole 916-997-1741 or email@example.com
Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Church of the Nazarene
386 Shafer Road
Ticketed Event $5 advance, $8 door Contact: Nancy Kehoe 724-375-6464
May 12- June 7 Studio/Spring Break
Saturday, June 8, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Spirit FM Crossover Festival
N. Highway 5
Contact: 800-386-5253 Web Site Information: www.crossoverfest.org
Fri., June 21, 2002, Stage and time TBA
Six Flags Over Georgia
Atlanta Fest runs June 19-22, 2002 Admission: Tickets
Contact: 800-783-8839 Web Site: www.atlantafest.com
Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m.
"Stage 2" Ticketed Event
Sonshine Fest 2002
Sonshine Fest runs from July 11, 12, 13 Contact: 800-233-3378 www.sonshinefestival.com
July 11-14 TBA
Sunnyview Fairgrounds and Expo Center
Stage, date, and time TBA
LIFEST runs July 11,12,13,14
Admission: Ticketed Event
Saturday, July 20, 2002 at TBA
Spirit Fest Midwest - Variety Stage
Detroit Lakes MN
Web Site: www.spiritfestmidwest.com
Saturday July 27, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Atwood Lake Ministries
6181 Riggle Road NE
Contact: John Frazee
Saturday, August 3, 2002 at 2:30 p.m.
Inside Out Soul Fest
Inside Out Stage
Loon Mountain Lincoln, NH T
Sunday, August 4, 2002 at 2 p.m.
Inside Out Soul Fest
Loon Mountain Lincoln, NH
Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Darien Lake NY
Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 5 p.m.
The Last Blast of Summer
Del Grosso's Family Amusement Park
Contact Doug Sloey 814-940-0112 doug_Sloey@yahoo.com
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002 at TBA
Contact: Tim DeMoss/WZZD
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 at TBA
Ticketed Event - Sponsored by Calvary United Methodist Church
The Palace Theatre
276 E. Center Street
Contact: Rev. Dr. Michael Mohr or Jon Crothers/Youth Advisor
Sunday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Crossroads United Methodist Church
1000 Crossroads Drive
Contact: Scott Fritz/Crossroads UMC 412-494-9999
"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope."