My dear pal Diane Gibbs is the Music Arts Director at Christ Church Santa Fe. She and her husband Johnny (who also plays mandolin and sings on the Worship team) are longtime friends-like-family. On this Sunday morning, I’ll be doing a song or two in the course of each Service. (What we call in order-of-service lingo “special music” … because it’s not a regular part of the worship set and changes every week.) Glad to be returning to the wonderful Church.
It’s easy to scheduled and organize a House Concert. I do them all the time and I love it. Whether it’s a gathering with friends, home Bible study group, birthday or anniversary celebration, Christmas party … I’ve done (and will still do) all of them. Simply use the Contact Form, request information and/or tell me a little bit of what you have in mind. I can walk you through the easy steps and before you know it, I can be singing at your house!
This is going to be a blast. My close pals Cliff and Lori Lewis will be opening their beautiful home for a Friday evening House Concert. I’ve known them for years, so this is essentially going to be a visit/snackathon for us … with lots of music and guests added to make it even more festive. But here’s the kicker. One of their very closest friends is Steve Holden, known to almost everyone as Old School Coach. Years ago, Lori started training with him and it didn’t take long for them to become fast friends. Now she and Cliff are working with Coach to expand his work by developing an Old School Coach TV show. (I even wrote and demo’d a possible theme song for the show.) Steve’s winsome approach, as his moniker suggests, is as a no-nonsense, hey-pal-get-the-job-done kind of guy. Most of us, of a certain age, had a coach like that in school. I certainly did, back when I was Bob “Take-a-Lap” Bennett. But, of course, his persona and humor are only part of it. Coach has decades of experience and he knows what he’s talking about. It feels like “tough love” (and OSC is definitely one tough guy), but make no mistake about it … it’s always governed by love and his gift for helping anyone he comes into contact with. So, all of that to say … OSC is co-hosting this evening and I’ll be meeting him for the first time on this trip.
“Semi-Private” means that this is mostly an invitation-only evening. But there are a few seats available to “the public”. If interested in attending, simply call Lori or email her through the OSC website. There’s no strict admission charge, but a donation would be the neighborly thing to do. When you reserve your place(s), you’ll then get time and location information. I suggested a marketing line in a recent text to Lori: “You’ll come for the music, but you’ll stay for Bob attempting to do just one push-up without having to call EMT!” Of course what we’re really hoping for at the end of the night is this disclaimer: “No rotund musicians were harmed in the planning and execution of tonight’s OSC-sponsored House Concert!”
First, please note that this Conference is a multi-day event which begins on Thursday evening, August 23rd and runs through Saturday evening, August 26th. As we approach the dates, I’ll have more information about my “conference specific” activities for registrants only … and whatever sessions involving me that might be open to the public. Check back for more info.
My first visit here. Appreciation to Pastor Gene Schmidt for arranging this. Still sorting out details of what I’ll be doing and when in the Service. But I’ll be there with guitar in hand, ready to sing when they ask me to!
A longtime listener I’ve worked with before found out that I was scheduled to sing this morning in Rolling Meadows, IL. He emailed and asked if I’d come over to Wheaton for a Private House Concert on this night. Well, this listing tells you the answer was “yes”. This is one of several ways in which scheduling a House Concert can work. I’m already in the area, I have time to do it, and I love doing it. Other times, folks will actually fly me into their area for a specific event. Folks, this is not hard to do and I’d be happy to talk with you about the logistics of working it all out. Please click the Contact link at the top of the page, fill out what you can (don’t worry about details) and I’ll get back to you ASAP. No obligation, no hard-sell, just the distinct possibility that with a little planning, I could come to sing at your house. And, perhaps, raid your refrigerator.
A rare Monday night outing for me. My friend and “You’re Singing For A Week In Wisconsin” organizer is, again, Pastor Gene Schmidt. He’s keeping me happily busy … with two more nights to go!
My final evening in Wisconsin. My friend Gene Schmidt has kept me hopping for eight days with one more to go to fly home tomorrow. This is the closest thing to an actual “tour” that I’ve done in quite awhile and I’m so grateful for the all the opportunities and for those who’ve turned up and listened. Thanks to Pastors Todd and Kathy Tabor for the kind invitation and warm welcome.
My friend Thom Helmick has invited me to come and play an Evening Concert after a 7:00 p.m. Potluck Dinner. Food and singing? You know I’m in, right? If you don’t attend the Church, first of all, you’re absolutely invited. Secondly, if you want to come to the dinner part, a couple things come to mind. If you’re going to eat, bringing something along is always the neighborly thing to do. What you bring is up to you. Of course, if you’re just coming to the Concert, my thought is that the music will get started at about 8:00 p.m. or slightly thereafter … and there’s no need to bring food for that. Hope to see you there as I travel deep, deep, deep into the Inland Empire. (Please note that Highway 371 is also known as Cahuilla Road, so signs may reflect that as you’re driving there. Also, the phone number and email listed are for Thom, not the Church office or pastors.)
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.