ApologetiX in PA, OR, NY, MI & KS
Thu., Jul. 31. 2003 7:00pm EDT
J. Jackson, lead singer for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.
1.This Saturday: Indiana PA (J's Alma Mater)
2.This Sunday: Roseburg OR
3.Next Tuesday: Kingdom Bound, Darien Lake NY
4.Next Friday: Greenville MI
5.Next Saturday: Portland OR Concert Has Been Postponed
6.Next Sunday: Phillipsburg KS
8.Funniest Email of the Week
9."How You Rewind Me" Up to 63 Reporting Stations
10.Autographed CD Sale
Thanks for all your prayers last week!
We got our van back from the shop yesterday, and it now has a totally reconditioned transmission to go along with the other things we've had to replace in the past couple weeks, including the thermostat, the radiator, the engine, the air conditioning, and other items. Why, it's practically a new van ... or to be more accurate, it's bionic, like the Six Million Dollar Man! Say, let's just call it the Six Million Dollar Van. With all the expenses we've incurred repairing it, that name gets more appropriate every week!
We won't put it to much of a test this week, because we'll be not too far from our home base of Pittsburgh on Saturday, and we fly to Oregon on Sunday. But next week, we'll drive it (God willing and the repair bills don't rise) to Darien Lake NY, Greenville MI and Phillipsburg KS. That ought to make a nice test drive! To help raise money for the expenses, we've extended our autographed CD sale. See section #10 below for more info.
Our luggage did indeed make it to us in Fargo ND in time for our performance at Spirit Fest Midwest in Detroit Lakes MN. This was our second appearance at Spirit Fest Midwest. The people there are all very nice and always willing and eager to pray, plus it's a very relaxed atmosphere. We had the honor of playing right before the Imperials, one of the legendary groups from contemporary Christian music's past. Not only did they have a ton of Christian radio hits in the 1970's and ë80's and spawn the careers of famous solo singers like Russ Taff, they also worked with Elvis Presley on his "How Great Thou Art" album back in the 1960's. Believe it or not, in the early days, ApologetiX even had a few of their songs in our repertoire, most notably "Eagle Song."
On a very tragic note, shortly before the show, we were given this note:
"To the ApologetiX - My six-year-old son Evan really enjoyed your songs. His favorite was "Baa! We're Lambs," followed by "Pray Now." Evan went to be with Jesus six weeks ago. Please play one of those songs for us today. Thanks! Connie Johnson and family"
We learned later that poor Evan had died after falling off a cliff into a river, making the news even more tragic, if that's possible. With three of us having kids who are about Evan's age, and Evan being an ApologetiX fan and his family in attendance, it was very difficult to carry on. We did play "Pray Now" and dedicated it to his memory, and we did get to meet his family and pray with them. His mom tried to keep her composure, but it was obviously very difficult. She said he used to play our songs and sit between the speakers to listen to them. Please pray for Evan's mom, dad and two siblings as they go through this very hard time.
Things in Bay City MI the next day went very well, as we celebrated WTRK's 10th anniversary. WTRK is one of a handful of Christian stations in the United States that actually plays Christian rock (not just adult contemporary or pop) 24/7, so it was an honor to be asked to be the band for this special event. Everybody treated us very kindly, and we had a lot of fun.
1. SATURDAY: INDIANA PA (J's Alma Mater)
Please note: We formerly had this incorrectly listed as simply Mack Park. It is at the Indiana County Fairgrounds, which is adjacent to Mack Park. See the bottom of this section for directions.
For you trivia buffs, ApologetiX first (and last) played at Indiana County Fairgrounds way back in '94 at a music festival called Joyful Jam, September 18, 1994. For you country music fans, ApologetiX lead singer J. Jackson once interviewed country music legend (and Dolly Parton's former partner) Porter Wagoner in his mobile home at a concert at those same fairgrounds, as an assignment for his senior internship with the Indiana Gazette newspaper.
J. went to college at the Indiana University of Pa. (I.U.P.) and graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism. I.U.P. holds many fond memories for J. It's the place where he became a born again Christian, and it's also the place where he first learned about the "apologetics," while reporting on a seminar by Christian apologist Josh McDowell for the university newspaper. You can read more about those experiences at http://www.apologetix.com/bio4.html or by going to apologetix.com and clicking on the picture of the tall blond guy :)
Saturday, August 2, 2003 TBA
Tickets $5 for 11 years and older
Sponsored by FISH Radio
Indiana County Fairgrounds
Indiana, PA 15701
Contact: 724-349-4103 or
Directions: Mack Park/Indiana County Fairgrounds are one in the same. On your way up, don't go up 28 to hit Route 422 East in Kittanning. They are closing the road and doing a major detour. Come across 22 East and up Route 119. (there is also constuction and a detour here, buts it's a little easier) http://www.godstockindiana.com/
2. SUNDAY: ROSEBURG OR
Hey, this is now our only concert in Oregon this month (the Portland show was postponed until the fall), so it's your one chance to see us this summer in Oregon.
Sunday, August 3, 2003 6:00 pm
** IT'S NOW A FREE CONCERT!! ***
The Band Shell at Stewart Park Right off Harvard Blvd.
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
CONTACT: Rick Kemp 541-670-0424
3. NEXT TUESDAY: KINGDOM BOUND AT DARIEN LAKE NY
This will be our fourth trip to Kingdom Bound in five years. It's always a great time! Please pray that it doesn't rain. It seems like it usually rains the day we play, either before or after or during, but God has always enabled us to play our entire set with a huge crowd in attendance.
Tuesday, August 5, 2003 6:00 PM
Six Flags-Darien Lake, NY
See the guys at 4 p.m. at the Family Life Radio Tent, also!
And now, a word from our producer and lead guitarist, Karl Messner:
Karl's (Kingdombound) Korner
Thirty thousand feet over Fargo I had a great idea. Why not give you a heads up on something neat we're doing! At concerts, when we have time, we often pull some volunteers up on stage to sing, dance or shake their hair (don't ask). But when we play festivals, we often have very short sets, so we don't do that.
I thought it would be fun to try it anyway, so at Kingdom Bound in New York, next week, we've run an ad in the program. It has a puzzle, and if you're one of the first couple dozen folks to solve the puzzle, you can come on stage at Kingdom Bound in front of thousands of folks, and shake your hair to "All the Stalls Stink."
As a special perk to you, since you're in our fan club, we've posted that puzzle at a secret location on the site. Click the link below, print it out, do the puzzle, and where it says name and email, just put "Fan Club Member," since you're already in the club. Here's the link:
If you haven't been to Kingdom Bound, it's definitely worth the trip, from just about anywhere. We always bring our families, and you can mull around the awesome Six Flags Darien Lakes, and ride the rides with ApologetiX! (We're coaster nuts!) Hope to see you there!
4. NEXT FRIDAY: GREENVILLE MI
Yes, we liked Michigan so much this past Sunday that we are coming back less than two weeks later. Of course, it's 2.5 hours away from where we just played, in a different part of the state ... or should I say, "the hand," to which the people of Michigan often liken their state. Hope to see you there!
Friday, August 8, 2003 7:30 PM
$12 Advance, $15 Door
GREENVILLE COMMUNITY CHURCH
6728 South Vinning Road
Greenville, MI 48838
Contact: Jeff Thomas 616-754-0373 x313
5. NEXT SATURDAY: CONCERT POSTPONED
Saturday, August 9, 2003 4:00 PM Portland, OR **** POSTPONED *****
Sorry, this is event has been postponed, although I hear it will likely take place later this fall. Come see us this Sunday in Roseburg OR instead!
6. NEXT SUNDAY: PHILLIPSBURG KS
Have you ever noticed just how incredibly long a state Kansas? It's HUGE! And right smack in the middle of your United States map, there it sits. Although we played in Emporia KS a few weeks ago (and had our van's engine replaced, too), this concert is in the north central area of Kansas, slightly closer to the Colorado side of the state and fairly close to the Nebraska border.
Sunday, August 10, 2003 6 PM $7 Advance, $10 Door Huck Boyd Center 860 Park Phillipsburg, KS 67661 CONTACT: (785) 543-5535 OR Ken Artz ArtzK@ brookecorp.com 785-543-3199 x121
7. UPCOMING CONCERTS
This list adds concerts frequently, so stay tuned for more info. By this time next week, you should finally 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).
Aug 02 - Indiana, PA Aug 03 - Roseburg OR Aug 05 - Kingdom Bound NY Aug 08 - Greenville MI Aug 09 - Portland OR ** POSTPONED** 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 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. FUNNIEST EMAIL OF THE WEEK
We just go this from Jordan Pettey of Flint MI:
"You guys rock! I won the 'Grace Period' CD in a watermelon seed-spitting contest at church youth group. I got your CD as the award! Can't get nothing better except for God's undying love."
9. "HOW YOU REWIND ME" UP TO 63 REPORTING STATIONS
Our new single, "How You Rewind Me," which first hit the Top 40 on the national Christian rock charts several weeks ago, is now being played on 63 of the national reporting Christian rock stations, including: CFJU, CM RADIO.COM, FREEROCK1.COM, KBNJ, KCLC, KCVO, KEFX / THE EFFECT RADIO NETWORK, KGOT, KHCA, KHLL, KNNB, KRKS, KSLI, KSLT, KYMC, KZZD, THE EDGE RADIO / MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, WAIF, WAJS, WAUQ, WBFJ, WBVM, WCCR, WCLH, WCNI, WDML, WERR, WFHB, WGCF, WIBV, WILV, WITR, WKBI, WLSR, WMUL, WONC, WQRP, WRGX, WSNL, WTRK, WUPX, WVCP, WVMM, WVOF, WWIB, WYSZ, WZZD
If you see your local Christian rock station listed above, please let them know you'd like to hear the song some more. However, whether or not there's a station near you, there's one station where every ApologetiX fan can tune into AND request the new single: ChristianRock.net While you're there, if you don't mind, please mention that you'd like to hear them play "How You Rewind Me" by ApologetiX.
If you'd like to hear more ApologetiX on your local Christian rock station, please go to the website below, where you can get your own free MP3 copy of the "How You Rewind Me" remix, and get info on how to contact your local station to request it.
Here's the link:
10. AUTOGRAPHED CD SALE
You mean, we've been having this sale all this time, and you didn't know that I personally autograph ever single cracked CD we send out? That's right. It's our way of helping to make up for the cracks, although when I used to collect baseball cards and comic books, the last thing I wanted was somebody else's name written on one of them! :) But you guys seem to like them better that way.
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. As mentioned earlier, 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
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.