Sunday, September 30, 2007

Riley Days and More in October.

The Riley Festival celebrates the birthday of Indiana-born poet, James Whitcomb Riley, with one of the largest craft festivals in Indiana, and it opens this Thursday in Greenfield. I'm thrilled to be returning to The Bread Ladies as part of their entertainment lineup for Riley Days. The Bread Ladies is located on the east side of the courthouse on American Legion Place. I'll be playing 12:30-2:30 on Friday. Enjoy the festival and drop by The Bread Ladies!

On Sunday at 2:30, stop by the entertainment tent at the Riley Festival to hear Roots and Branches. Roots and Branches is like the Grateful Dead of folk-gospel groups. They will be there with eclectic instrumentation for an entertaining hour of roots music. If you're at the festival on Sunday, don't miss it!

October 13 will be a busy Saturday. It will be good to be back at Lazy Daze Coffeehouse that morning, 10:00-11:30. Then I'll be at Boulevard Place Cafe as part of the Broad Ripple Music Festival at 2:45 that afternoon. That evening, I'll try to catch CROSSOVERroad at The Fellowship Coffeehouse.

I'm very excited to be making a return to Georgia at the end of the month. On Saturday, October 27, I'll be performing as part of Appalachian Weekend at Cherry Log Christian Church. The weekend is sponsored by The Craddock Center and celebrates Appalachian music and arts. I'll also get to see several old friends as Cherry Log was my first call out of seminary.

Last Friday at The Bean Cup was lots of fun. Several people came out, including some friends who came all the way from Monon, Indiana to the south side of Naptown. What a fun evening! I'm hoping to post some photos from that one soon.

As the days get shorter and the nights get a little chillier, may you have near to you whatever it is that brings light to your days and warmth to your heart.


Monday, September 24, 2007

Friday at The Bean Cup.

It was a great time at Beanzie's Gourmet Coffee this past Saturday. If you're out in Avon, stop by and try this fabulous coffee shop, located about a mile north of US 36 on Indiana 267. I had the caramel frappucino. Delightful!! I'm already looking forward to being back there in November.

My next show is at The Bean Cup this Friday, September 28. The music gets underway at 7:00. The Bean Cup is another excellent independent coffee shop located on the south side of Indianapolis. Store owners Chris and Jason run a quality business and do a lot to support local artists and musicians. Come on out and show them some support. The Bean Cup is located at 8908 Saint Peter St., off County Line Road, right across from Greenwood Park Mall.

Be sure to check for more upcoming dates. Several shows are scheduled in October, including a return to Lazy Daze Coffeehouse (Oct 13) and a second appearance in the Indy Hostel House Concert Series (Oct 25). Rumor has it, too, that an October show might be cooking up with Chris Wolf, so you better be scared!

Monday, September 17, 2007

New venue this Saturday.

I'm just back from two straight weekends of retreats. It happens every September. The first two weekends are spent at men's retreats for Hoosier Disciples of Christ men. Men's ministry is part of my ministry portfolio, but if this is work, then just throw me in that briar patch! This work involves fellowship, study, worship and music. Lots of music!

My first two weekends in Indiana were spent at these same retreats, and these were the places I met some of the people who rekindled music in me. It's a glad reunion with instruments and campfires. I'll write more about it on the blog.

Now that the retreats have passed, I've got several appearances coming up.  Wednesday evening I'll be at Southport Christian Church for the kickoff of their Feasting on Faith Wednesday evening activities.

This Saturday, Sep. 22, I'll be playing at a new venue for me, Beanzie's Gourmet Coffee in Avon.  The music will start at 6:30.  It would be great to see you there.  The shop is located at the intersection of 10th Street and State Road 267 in Avon.  (View map) Pass the word to your friends out that way! 

The following Friday, Sep. 28, I'll be back at The Bean Cup on the south side of Indianapolis.  It's located at 8908 S Saint Peter St., off County Line Road directly across from Greenwood Park Mall.

Finally, I'm very excited about going back to Cherry Log, Georgia in October.  Where is Cherry Log, you ask?  It's right halfway between Maxwell and Lucius.  It's the home of the Pink Pig Barbecue Restaurant, where former president Jimmy Carter used to dine.  Cherry Log is also the place where I began my pastoral ministry with the planting of Cherry Log Christian Church.  I'll be playing for Appalachian Weekend on Saturday, October 27, then staying for worship on Sunday morning.

Please visit the web site for more information about upcoming shows.  Your support means more than I know how to say!