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WONDERFUL BIG GIG WEEKEND!
What a WONDERFUL BIG GIG weekend! Pictures by Fergie Medar! Thanks so much Fergie! You really captured the intensity!
Friday Night May 17th we played at The Power Station in Troy, NH (filmed for Cable Access Stations across the country)
and Saturday Night we played our Pre-CD Release Party/ HOPE worldwide fundraiser at The Stable in Chelmsford!
Then Sunday was our annual Walk For HOPE at Franklin Park in Boston! WOW!
Are you overwhelmed yet? But God is GREAT and my band and friends and family are way greater than these obstacles!Just a couple weeks before the shows... we were in full speed rehearsal mode... our dear bass player: Kenny Hester was in a terrible car accident. By the grace of God - he was mostly ok- but his left hand was badly injured making bass playing impossible in the short term! This broke our hearts since he is so special to us! I called all the Christian bass players who I thought could or might do the shows- but at this point they would have to learn about 18 songs in a very short time and have the time- and be willing to do ALL THIS FOR FREE! God sent us an angel in Jerry Maday who I think I reached on Friday or Saturday 2 weeks before the shows- He came that weekend to rehearse with us and all the rest of the rehearsals and made it happen excellently! We were so grateful! But the challenges continued. Jerry on Cello here, Johnny rockin' out with back to Julie- see Brian and Paul in background on drums and percussion Thursday night May 16th we planned to rehearse- But at the last minute we couldn't use the Berklee buildings (heightened security after the Marathon Bombings- couldn't get a key after hours...) so we had to scramble for a location- Our drummer, Brian Schwartzentruber came through with getting us space in Arlington at a building our church had just acquired to start a new church location! It was closer than Berklee and had free parking! Of course there were lots of stairs- and we had LOTS of equipment! Ralph was not feeling well at all- so thanks to our crew- especially Paul Meninno (percussion) and Brian- I still have a back! But the rehearsal was rough and at least three of my singers and musicians were not feeling well.
Friday we hauled our stuff up North to Troy NH!We battled Friday afternoon traffic to find this quaint, yet remote club. I really liked the atmosphere- but the sound was very boomy in the room and it was hard to tell how we did... The engineer assured us that the sound on the board was much better than in the room and that the TV show would be great! We can't wait to see it! But there were many special moments during the night.
This was a night to worship and share our hearts.We shared scriptures before certain songs and I shared many stories about how God had moved in my life- and thus the inspirations for these songs.Anselm Beach gave a little message about hope in Jesus- and he dug deep. One of the best parts of this night was that my Dad came to see us with his friend, Russ! It was so special that they came! I also had some of my wonderful voice students- Christina, Kylie and my Hannah an Caleb singing on one song- they were well behaved as there was lots of waiting and sang with great hearts and enthusiasm on "Hope Faith Love" when it was their turn! We also had Dana Schmitz that night singing the male lead part on "Nothing Like the Love"- country rocked it! Saturday night was the one we really went all out to bring in the crowds:
Our Pre- CD Release Concert/ HOPE worldwide Fundraiser!I had decided to concentrate on HOPE programs in Haitti and India to encourage the families and communities of my students to come. I have several students for each of these countries.
It was a fantastic night in almost every way! We had a nice crowd, the band CRANKED!Waiting on You"- a sort of Heart-like rock ballad- but he nailed the country rockin on "Nothing Like the Love" and played oh so sweet fills on my new favorite: "You Are"- my jazzy love song to my Lord. But he was just great all night- not only playing- but his presence is commanding and fun to watch. Paul Meninno played percussion with us for the first gigs this weekend- and he was really fantastic! And he brought a fan club with him! I can't say enough about how Jerry filled in on bass- or should I say "Basses!" He brought a fretless and an 8 string, too! Really wonderful! Brian held up the rhythm with his best night ever- rock on, Brother! And what can I say about my troop of back up vocalists! Thank you thankyou thankyou! Back up parts for my songs aren't always easy... and these loyal soldiers put in the time to give sweet harmony all night! They were: Diana Wick, Gabriel Paradise, Jim Cafarella, Theresa Schmitz, William Cox and Anselm Beach! Gabe and Anselm had special parts: Gabe filled in for Dana on "Nothing Like the Love" (because Dana had another gig previously committed) and sang about the love of a father for his children very convincingly for a college aged single kid! Anselm sang the voice of God on "Can You Here Me Now"- and he and I had this little dramatic bit on stage - it was fun- and I hope effective! I'll have to look at the video!
Bottom line- it was an incredible night- we even raised over $500 for HOPE programs!- See the story of my generous children at my "The Heart of A Child" Blog!Ralph said we'll have another big show once we have our "Let My Light Shine" CD in our hands! We're close- just the last two months have been crazy with live shows... not just these- but Women's Day, Easter, student recitals and more.... But we really want it in hand in July! Pray for us! Please kep up with our schedule on my website: www.julieksings.com/shows
Thank you again for everyone who has pre-ordered our new CD! Please contact me if you would like to do so!Bravo to all who helped make our big show weekend a BIG success!!!! Stay tuned for when the TV show will be out- but for now, Carolyn Grasso
shot a whole bunch of videos at the Stable that are already up on YOUTUBE at www.youtube.com/julieksings Lots more pictures of the audience and more at my Facebook.
- Carolyn Grasso on video