It’s been a little over a year since I was last at Sky Valley Chapel with Chaplain Walt East and Gabe Cedillo. I’m happy to be returning to sing at both Sunday Morning Services (9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.) Then I’ll be performing a Full Concert Set at 6:00 p.m. The Chapel is located on the grounds of the Sky Valley Resort in Desert Hot Springs.
Many thanks to Sam Rizzardo for the invitation. I’ll be singing for about twenty minutes in each Service. This will be my first visit. Always happy to make new friends on a Sunday Morning!
A few months back, I shared an evening with Paul Aldrich here in Southern California. He is a seriously funny man (“seriously funny” is a term borrowed from my lifelong friend and comedy pioneer Dan Rupple). I’ve also shared more than one great evening with my dear pals Bruce Carroll and Scott Wesley Brown. (In the late 1990’s through about 2003, I occasionally teamed up for concerts with Bruce and Billy Sprague. Our good pal Bob Lepine dubbed us “The Killer B’s” and it just sort of stuck. Billy’s currently the Worship Pastor at Edgewater Alliance Church in Florida and still very much active as a soloist. So, these days SWB is the third “B”.)
Anyway, all of that to say that Bruce, Scott, Paul, and I are all attending a Retreat in Franklin in the days leading up to this Concert. In fact our presence “in town” for that gathering led to Paul organizing this Friday evening event which is sponsored by Nashville Guitar Store. The format will be “in-the-round”, meaning that we’ll all be on stage at the same time, trading stories and songs. I’m not sure if “songwriters in-the-round” was invented in Nashville, but it has certainly become synonymous with Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Cafe. For me, it’s a sublime opportunity on several levels. I get to be with some of my favorite musical and comedic humans … and I get to an audience member (with an onstage seat) for about three-fourths of the show. I get the blessings and I don’t even have to work as hard as I do at a solo show … what could be wrong with that?!?
Some additional details:
- There is a $1.50 fee-per-ticket for each advance ticket purchase online. Everybody does this now, even the movie ticket sites.
- There are group rates for parties of ten or more. This would be a great opportunity for an adult Sunday School class or Home Bible Study.
- Our seating is limited to 250, so we could fill up fast as word gets out.
Folks, this is the dream of a lifetime that will, God willing, finally happen. I’ve created a dedicated webpage on this site for this trip. Click HERE to read all about it. As of this writing (on March 6, 2017), there are a few spots left. We’d love to have you with us.
It’s a continuing honor and a pleasure to sing for my friends at Neighborhood Community Church in Laguna Beach. The Congregation there always makes me feel so welcome. I’ll be singing two songs as a part of the Sunday Morning Service.
My friend Ron Strand and his faithful Upper Room Volunteer Squad are preparing a New Year’s Evening feast of food, music, comedy, fellowship, and celebration. We’ll kick things off at 7:30 p.m. and, of course, ring in the New Year together at Midnight. Aside from your Humble Acoustic Servant, check out this great line-up. Don’t settle for my one-sentence, attempted-humor intros, click on the links:
Two Lifetimes of Music Joined Together:
Acoustic Guitar/Vocal Duo Tom Kell & Paula Fong
Stage-Video Comedian/Screenwriter/TV Audience Warm-Up Comic:
Our Evening’s Host Robert G. Lee
Guitar Slinger, Gospel Singer, So Glad He’s On Our Side:
Force of Nature Dennis Agajanian
Faithful Jesus Music Pioneer, Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, Worship Leader:
There’s Only One Chuck Girard
And a special appearance by the Original, Official House Band of the Upper Room: The Shamelessly “Acronymonious” The Upper Room Dudes
Dinner at 7:30 p.m. is included before the Concert. Tickets are $35.00 per person. Make plans and reservations as soon as you can, we might pack this out in fairly short order. And it never hurts to get there early and visit with other merrymakers in line before the doors open at 7:00 p.m. or so.
I’ve known Pastor Jack and Debbie Abeelen for almost the whole of my adult life. I first met them at Calvary Chapel Downey around 1977 or so. If I kept better records, I could tell you how many times I’ve been privileged to work with Pastor Jack and sing for the Body as Morningstar. I don’t have those stats, but it’s lots! At the invitation of my friend Associate Pastor Gerard Deleeuw, I’ll be singing at all three Services on Christmas Morning. At this writing (10/12/16 … the day we exchanged emails to schedule the date), I’m not sure whether I’m doing a sort of mini-set from Christmastide or, perhaps, just a song or two. Either way, it’ll be a great way to celebrate Christmas. Visiting my friends here is very much a kind of homecoming thing for me. If you’re not otherwise obligated, please join us. Wherever you are … Merry Christmas!
On this Sunday morning, one week before Christmas Day, I’ll be singing at two Sunday Morning Services. In this case, Pastor Bart Pense has invited me to play the equivalent of a concert set in place of a sermon. So I will, of course, be singing songs from Christmastide. I was in the Napa Valley in July for my son Colin’s joyous wedding to Chloe Weaver. Her family lives there, so I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with them as well as playing at this beautiful Church. If you live in the area and are interested, keep an eye out here on the Concerts Page. I’ll be looking to find some other opportunities to sing while I’m in the area.
I can only imagine how beautiful the Napa Valley is during the Christmas Season. But after this visit, I won’t have to imagine anymore. And, finally, I’m grateful that for this trip, the Lovely Mrs. Bennett will be with me!
This will be my second visit to Cornerstone Ministries Napa Valley. I look forward to celebrating with Pastor Bill Walden and the Congregation. This is a private, invitation-only, ticketed event … but please note that I’m singing the next morning. That listing is directly below this one.
I love returning to work with my friends at The Packinghouse!
Please note that I’ll be participating in multiple gatherings:
- A Saturday PM version of the Sunday AM Service at 6:30 p.m.
- Three Sunday AM Services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.
- Sunday PM Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
Following last night’s Christmastide Concert (see listing above this one), I’ll be joining in both Sunday Morning Services
My dear friends Lisa and Bob Isenhower have invited me back to the Batesburg-Leesville area … I am always glad to see them and to sing for the Congregation there. This night will be a full concert, mostly filled with songs from Christmastide as befits the Season. I don’t think I’ve done a full evening leading into Christmas in the Carolinas yet, so this will be a real treat for me. Of course things are getting busy now, but perhaps you can join us and make it that much better!
Please note that the next morning, I’ll also be singing at the 9:00 and 11:00 Sunday Services.
Trey Lindsley, who is the Interim Music Director at Montecito Covenant Church, contacted me with the invitation to play on this evening. He is part of a band called The Third (made up of Westmont College graduates and students) that will open the concert. You can find some of Trey’s solo efforts on BandCamp, SoundCloud, and ReverbNation. I look forward to meeting him and hearing the band … and then going to work a little bit myself. As we will be officially after-Thanksgiving, there’s a good chance I’ll be playing several tunes from Christmastide … by then it will be fully legal to listen to Christmas Music, right?
I’ve worked with Pastor Rick Gunn many times over the years. He was on staff at Yucaipa Christian Church for 23 years until becoming the founding pastor at Solid Ground Christian Fellowship in 2007. If I’m counting correctly, this will be my third visit. I usually sit in with the Worship Team and then play a couple of my own songs during the course of the Service.
(Please note that the Church meets in the Orton Conference Center Building. Look for Building Number 225 on this Campus Map.)
I’ll be singing at this same Church later for an event starting at 4:30 p.m. Please see the listing directly below this one for more details. For this morning, it’s a visit to the Adult Bible Study Class where I’ll be singing for twenty minutes starting at 9:30 a.m. Please note that I will not be using a Flannel Board.
My good friend Greg Gremmer has hosted me several times in and around San Antonio and Fredericksburg. A couple years ago, I participated in a similar Dinner/Concert in December. This year, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving a little early. As before, this Event is being sponsored by the Lutheran Intercity Network Coalition of San Antonio and proceeds from the evening will benefit their work in the Community. We’ll start with what the promotional materials refer to as a “Fun Dinner”. (We’ll all find out together what that means!) After the meal as the program begins, we’ll get an update on LINC SA’s current activities and plans for the New Year. Then TJ & Maria Smith will keep us singing and laughing with their opening set. I’ll finish with some of my songs and that’ll be a full and fine early evening out for everyone.
Please join us if you can and contact Greg Gremmer by Email or Telephone to RSVP. We’ll need to plan for tables and food to make sure everybody has a seat and enough to eat.
I reconnected recently with an old friend and when he found out I was coming into the San Antonio area this weekend, he made a quick phone call to his friend Pastor John Taylor. And, just like that, it was pretty much a done deal! I also found out that my pal Randy Stonehill played here in the Spring. Love that guy. For this evening, you’ll need to reserve space by RSVP’ing to Pastor John by telephone or email. It should be a fine time, close-in and no PA system. Just an old-school, solo acoustic concert … one of the favorite things I get to do. Would love to have you there. (Also, please note the listing below for a an additional appearance in the area.)
Happy to be returning to Calvary Chapel Living Word. As with my July visit, I’ll be leading Congregational Singing and singing a couple of my own as well. I’ll be the “Worship Team”. Thanks to Joey Arant for the invitation to come back.
It’s really fun to do a Private House Concert. Use the Contact Form to touch base for general info. If you actually have a date/time in mind, then click over to the Book Bob Form and fill-in what you can. In either case, I’ll respond promptly and we can then connect to see if we can get this done. This is easier than you might think … and I try really hard to make it so.
After my time at CMSNW, I’m pleased to be returning to Calvary Chapel Eastside. For this morning, I expect I’ll be doing what we call “special music” (meaning something that’s not a usual part of every Service). My joke has always been, “We call it ‘special music’, but the congregation will determine whether or not it’s really that special!”
I’ll be returning to Calvary Chapel Eastside this evening for a full concert set. Then we’ll conclude by all joining together to worship in song. A little storytelling, a time of worship, and, hopefully, you joining us!
I’ll be leading two hour-long workshops as part of the Christian Musician Summit Northwest Conference. Please note that access to these events is part of the Paid Conference. Despite the listing of the single Friday date to the left, the first workshop happens on Friday, the second is the next day. Here are some links and info for a more detailed picture.
- Where are the Storytellers? — Friday (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
I’ve been singing and writing songs for fifty years. (Yes, I’m that old.) I maintain that even if your main focus is “worship music”, there’s lots to be learned and utilized in crafting interesting song-stories to engage listeners spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. I’ll briefly make my case and then we’ll listen to some selected recordings to illustrate the power in this style of songwriting. One of the very best ways to learn great songwriting is to listen to it. I hope to encourage you and cheer you on to think faithfully and creatively beyond the notion that “if it’s not worship, then it’s not relevant to me or the Church
- A Couple Songs, Some Q&A — Saturday (10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.)
Sometimes the best way to learn is to ask and discuss. I’ll sing and analyze a couple of my own songs to start. Then you set the agenda with your questions. Topics can range from ‘musicians in the ministry’, ‘songwriting strategies’, ‘playing nice with others’, etc. If you’re thinking ‘Man, who does this guy think he is?’, you can find out on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Wikipedia, and my website: www.bobbennett.com. Would love to meet you. Come join the conversation.
On Friday evening, I’ll be taking part in a Songwriters in the Round presentation.
Finally, a couple months ago I did a brief Promo Video for CMSNW.
My friends Bruce Adolph and Matt Kees have co-hosted the Christian Musicians Summit Northwest since 2003. (Our late pal, the sorely-missed Roby Duke took part in CMSNW for many years.) My involvement with them began about four years ago or so. I’m also a regular contributor to Christian Musician magazine. Each of my visits has begun with my participation in their annual “One Day Intensive – Songwriter Boot Camp” which happens the day before the official opening of the Conference. This year I’ll be among a distinguished group of participants:
- Kathryn Scott
- Ashley Cleveland
- Greg Sykes
- David Gutekunst (WorshipTogether.com)
- Keith Mohr (IndieHeaven)
- Paul Herman (CCLI)
Here’s a link to a Promo Video I did a couple months ago.
It’s a continuing honor and a pleasure to sing for my friends at Neighborhood Community Church in Laguna Beach. The Congregation there always makes me feel so welcome. I’ll be singing three songs as a part of the Sunday Morning Service.
This will be my first occasion to contribute musically to the Liturgy at All Saints Long Beach. Arend Jessurun (whose shoes I’ll be attempting to fill for the morning) extended the invitation on behalf of rector Fr. Scott Pederson. I love doing this sort of thing and hope I can faithfully and, because there really is a proper order to things, correctly serve the Congregation. It’s my privilege to have a lifetime of experience with many different denominations and forms of worship. I feel pretty comfortable almost everywhere I go. But my home Church (St. Matthews Church) is Anglican, so I’ll be on somewhat familiar ground as to the whys and wherefores of how the Service proceeds.
Pastor Dustin Parker has invited me back take part in the Service Music on this Sunday morning. (My first visit to Concordia Lutheran Church was this past Father’s Day.) He’ll be preaching on “The Ten Lepers” … remembering the ten lepers who Jesus healed but only one of them returned to praise God and thank Him. I love it when I’m able to sing and serve on a Sunday morning … to get the opportunity to serve the Church in so many different settings is a privilege. If you’re in the area and not otherwise committed, please join us.
Tonight I’ll be gathering with some of the Southern California alumni of Judson University (Elgin, IL) for a private concert. Over the past couple years, primarily at the invitation of Dr. Warren Anderson (and, in this case, also Devlin Donaldson and Bonnie Bienert), I’ve been an enjoying a close, wonderful relationship with Judson. Just a week ago, I visited for an evening concert with the Student/Alumni Choir that will result in a forthcoming live album.
Perhaps you’d like to have me come sing at your house even if you don’t have a full choir that knows a lot of my songs. That can really happen. Use the handy Contact Form to touch base and I’ll email you details. Or we can even utilize that fantastic new device that enables real-time, back-and-forth, discussions that are sometimes better than all other digital options: the telephone!
After what I expect to be a short night of sleep after all the previous evening’s excitement, I’ll be up in the wrong time zone and back to work singing … but happily so! In addition to his work at Judson University, Dr. Warren Anderson is also the Worship Pastor at Elgin EV Free. Together, with a choir made up of University students, Alumni, and Church singers, we’ll be revisiting two or three of the selections from last night’s concert as part of the Morning Service.
This is the night! After a wonderfully successful crowdfunding effort to help fund the project, this will be my second appearance with the Judson Univerity Choir under the direction of Dr. Warren Anderson. This time the Alumni Choir will also be with us. In partnership with the Demoss Center for the Worship in the Performing Arts, we’ll be recording this evening in Herrick Chapel for a new CD/download. Our target is to have album released well in time for Christmas. (In case most or all of this is new info, please click over to our Kickstarter Campaign page for some videos and further background.)
The concert is free and open to the public but reservations are required.
I’m happy to be returning again to Holy Trinity with my friend Bp. Todd Hunter. Preceding the Service there is a fifteen-minute Coffee and Community time on the patio, while inside Needham Chapel I’ll be playing some instrumental music for the Quiet Prelude. Then I’ll be assisting with music throughout the morning’s worship. My longtime attendance at All Saints Church and now, for many years, my beloved St. Matthew’s Church has given me a great love and appreciation for the Liturgy. Although I’m used to a more formal traditional approach, I also very much resonate with Holy Trinity’s thoughtful integration of both ancient and more contemporary elements. It’s a very welcoming place. One of the blessings of my life in music is to feel a comfort and kinship with all kinds of Churches and “styles” and, thus, it’s my honor to serve the Faith Community at Holy Trinity.
At the kind invitation of John Coulombe, I’ll be doing a 20-minute opening set to warm the audience up for comedian/musician Paul Aldrich. Paul is a very funny man and after I sing, I get to settle in for an evening of laughter. Please join us if you’re in the area. It’ll be a great night … and, of course, it’ll be much better if you’re there.
Location Note: We’ll be in the Chapel.
PLEASE NOTE: Same concert, last-minute location change to Sun City, CA.
This promises to be a wonderful evening. Join me for an intimate House Concert and fellowship. Refreshments with finger foods will be offered. (You know how I love the snacks!) Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Essentially this is mostly a private House Concert but with limited open-to-the-public seating available. Please contact Russ Tapley, our host, as soon as possible by phone or email to reserve your place. Please note that a $20.00 donation per person will be received at the door.
It’s easier than you might think to host a House Concert. Even if you’ve never done it before, I’d be happy to walk you through how it works. If you’re interested in exploring that possibility, please use the Contact Form to get in touch with me. I can email you some basic information and/or we can go “old school” and actually talk on the telephone!
After singing for the folks of Calvary Chapel of the Foothills at the 10:00 a.m. Service, the early evening brings a Backyard Picnic and House Concert at the home of Mike and Donna Van Meter. Church members will likely RSVP to give a sense of how many “in-house” folks are coming. If you’re not a church member but would like to attend anyway, please call or email (email@example.com) the Church Office. You can also use their website Contact Form to ask about reserving a spot. May I suggest that you inquire about bringing a food item or dessert to share … they’ll let you know what to do.
I’ll be joining Pastor Eddie Simmons and the Congregation for a Sunday Morning Service … then we’ll all be meeting at 5:00pm for a backyard picnic and concert at the home of Mike and Donna Van Meter. (See the separate listing for details on that early evening gathering.)
Pastor Mark Barrett heard me sing at a recent Pastor’s Conference at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Since 2003, he has been faithfully serving the congregation at Calvary Chapel South County. They meet on Sunday mornings at the venerable music venue The Coach House. I’ve had some wonderful musical times in that room hearing musicians I really admire: David Wilcox, Mac McAnally, Marc Cohn, Bruce Cockburn, etc. I’ve always dreamed about playing there someday … but I never imagined it would be on a Sunday morning! I’m totally thrilled to be doing this. I’ll likely be leading some singing as well as singing some of my own songs. If you’re not otherwise committed on this morning, please come and join us.
As you may know, I’m near the end of a new Kickstarter Campaign for my upcoming concert recording with the Judson University Choir in September. To highlight the last five days of the Campaign and to have a little fun, I’ve scheduled a Free Online Streaming Concert Set for Friday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. PDT. You can access the concert in real-time via the “View Concert” link. This should work with most any computer web browser as well as any smartphone or pad device. You’ll probably need access to wi-fi to make this work. A good rule-of-thumb is that if you’ve successfully used Skype, FaceTime, or other services that depend on real-time-streaming, then your connection should be good to go for this little venture.
I’m planning on a half-hour set but we could go longer if things go well. Please note that, according to the usual rules/limitations of Concert Window, this will not be archived and can only be viewed as it happens. Perhaps you can join me!
I’ve recently become reacquainted with an old childhood friend who lived on my same street in Downey, CA. I went to school with him and his older brother from grade school through high school. On this night, we’re gathering for a backyard feast and solo acoustic concert. As usual, I have to temporarily forgo the fabulous Mexican food that’s being delivered until after all the singing is done. Mind you, I’m not whining (much). It’s part of the gig and I’m always happy to do this. But, for goodness sakes come on, it’s Mexican food. My all-time favorite.
Perhaps you’d like to have me come sing at your house and watch me try to avoid whatever great food you might be serving to your guests. That can really happen. Use the handy Contact Form to touch base and I’ll email you details. Or we can even utilize that fantastic new device that enables real-time, back-and-forth, discussions that are sometimes better than all other digital options: the telephone!
The FiftyPlus Seniors Group meets on the third Thursday of every month. After a 10:00 a.m. Chapel Service where I will give a concert, we’ll all be headed to a barbecue at the Church. Music, barbecue lunch … that’s what I’m talking’ about! In the Inland Empire? Please join us.
If you’re not fifty-plus, just come on over and introduce yourself as one of my kids or something! [Stops, thinks] Better email me first: firstname.lastname@example.org!
On this Sunday Morning, I’ll be leading Congregational Singing and probably doing a few of my own as well. I’ll be the “Worship Team”. One guy, one guitar. Old school enough to be “new” again!
My friends Scott Cunningham and Pastor Brian Broderson have generously invited me back to sing at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. On this Wednesday evening, I’ll be in the Fellowship Hall at the end of the second day of the Pastors Conference. I hope to reconnect with some old friends and, perhaps, make some new ones. I’ve always had an appreciation and heart for pastors. It is a high calling and, sometimes, a very difficult one. If I can be any encouragement, even if just for a brief evening set, it’ll be a good day for me … and, I hope, for them.
This night will involve taping an hour-long program for future broadcast. The exact air date has yet to be determined but will likely be at 6:00 p.m. on a Saturday night sometime in the Fall. The program is called Living Room Concert Series. The show, essentially, is an in-studio “house concert” with a small group of folks joining me on set as the audience. It’ll be informal, solo acoustic (as always), and will likely be a fair representation of what I might do if I visited your house. (Except for the raiding-your-refrigerator part.)
If you’re in the Greater Pittsburgh area and would like to attend this evening, you can request reservations by emailing the fine folks at Cornerstone TV Network:
Many thanks to Linda Wilson for her kind invitation to appear. And Linda and Tom McGough have also been quite generous in helping to spread the word about my 06/25/16 concert with Doyle Dykes.
My friend Pastor Clarke Lauffer, by way of the Church and their radio outreach GraceFM, invited me to play last night with Doyle Dykes. (See the separate listing on this page.) This morning I’ll be mostly leading worship and singing a couple of my songs for both Services. Please join us.
This particular evening, I’ll be playing at a splendid theater with the incredible, hanging-a-jaw-at-his-playing Doyle Dykes!
For ticket info/purchase, please call (724) 836-8000 or visit the venue website at: http://www.thepalacetheatre.org/concerts-events/guitar-heaven/
I do Private House Concerts all the time … and I love doing them. It’s easier than you think.
For more info, please email me at BOB@BOBBENNETT.COM.
Although this evening is a private gathering, check above for a nearby public appearance the next evening.
My pal John Coulombe has invited to come and sing two or three songs as part of the “Closer Walk” weekly senior adult Bible study. I’m only too happy to oblige. Finally, a group of people who will totally “get me”! 😄
We won’t be checking ID’s at the door, so if you’re not quite old enough to get your senior discount, feel free to sneak in anyway … tell ’em Bob sent you.
A last-minute Facebook announcement about my open Father’s Day Morning led to an invitation from Rev. Dustin Parker. His sermon topic for this service is the Gadarene Demoniac (likely referencing one or more of these passages: Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39), so I’ll be singing “Man of the Tombs” to support that. And a couple other songs not yet chosen. If you’re not otherwise scheduled and in the area, please do come and join us.
It’s a continuing honor and a pleasure to sing for my friends at Neighborhood Community Church in Laguna Beach. The Congregation there always makes me feel so welcome. I’ll be singing two songs as a part of the Sunday Morning Service.
I always love returning to The Packinghouse. Over these many years, Kim Hutchcroft has been so kind to me with many invitations to come and such sweet hospitality each time I do. Although I’m not sure of the timetable, he’s moving on soon and he’ll be sorely missed. But always appreciated.