Small Group Send-Off Concert

Looking for the best excuse ever to leave work early this Friday? Here are ten reasons why you should come to the APU Small Group send-off concert this Friday at 4 PM.

  1. We’ve got freekin cello playing on a Kirk Franklin tune. Come on.
  2. The guitarist grew up playing 2nd guitar in a 70′s classic rock cover band. It shows. This kid rips. Very tasty stuff.
  3. You get to see me stand up in front, like a real professor, and introduce the group like an adult would, but you can laugh in your secret inside mind while you picture me 19 beers in at the Memorial Day BBQ.
  4. Where else are you gonna go on a Friday night to hear 2 bars of a hit-and-hold straight-tone B-flat-make-you-believe-Jesus-is-a-comin’ suspended chord?smallgroup
  5. Come see if the awkward sexual tension among the group members spills out into inappropriate stage banter. Smart money is on “yes”.
  6. The pope says we can’t have Castrati singers anymore, but he didn’t say anything about keeping your Baritones above middle C for 5 days straight. As far as I can tell, basically the same thing.
  7. Free beer. Well, free coffee. But you can bring a flask of whatever you’d like to slip into it.
  8. The kid whose playing piano started out as my student when I was his age, and he was 12. You do the math. I’m too depressed.
  9. It might be the best band we’ve ever sent out. Really.
  10. We get to hang out afterward and have dinner.

Let me know if you’re planning on coming, and I’ll reserve us a table someplace nearby to grab dinner after the concert. This is a really good group, and it would be fun to get together with you all and spin the old yarn a few times over some tasty adult beverages. And for those of you who have never been to a small group send-off concert, or who don’t have any idea what I’m even talking about, come hang out, here some good music, meet some people from the blog.

The concert is at 4:00 pm, this Friday, June 8th, here:

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17 thoughts on “Small Group Send-Off Concert

  1. the ben

    the concert should finish right around happy hour. and by happy i mean “blessed.” i’ll be there, at least in time to spike the coffee…

  2. Zack

    “Where else are you gonna go on a Friday night to hear 2 bars of a hit-and-hold straight-tone B-flat-make-you-believe-Jesus-is-a-comin’ suspended chord?”

    Honestly, I don’t know. I would really like to check this out, Mike. But it’s Sara’s Birthday. On Sara’s Birthday, not even Baby Jesus can stop the party. We’ll be drinkin’ ’round the fire pit ’till whenever, if you’re so inclined to stop by afterwards…

  3. aly hawkins

    Oh, man. I would so love to go to this, if only to feel old and crotchety and say things like “Back in my day…”

    And, of course, to hear great music.

  4. Alex

    5. Come see if the awkward sexual tension among the group members spills out into inappropriate stage banter. Smart money is on “yes”.

    Great… can’t wait… :)
    I’m so there… for the dinner too!

  5. Chad

    I’m scared, because they’re probably waaaaay better then we were, and then I’ll have to reassure myself that at least we’re better now then they currently are, and then I’ll most likely (should Acapulco’s margaritas be in order) secretly think that they’re still overall better musicians that I am.

    I just don’t know if I can deal with that kind of pressure.

  6. Morphea

    6. Come to watch Chad string himself up if he finds out that they’re CURRENTLY better than he CURRENTLY is.

    No, not possible. But funny/dreadful to contemplate. Chad, I’m right there with ya.

    Michael, you never cease to impress, mon ami.

  7. michael lee Post author

    Are you kidding? That’s most of the concert! If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that audiences love watching people stick a finger in their ear and hunt for a pitch.

    Do me a favor though, and don’t mention it – some of the kids in the group read the blog, and I don’t want them to know it’s coming. Competitive, audience-participation sight-singing is more fun if everyone is unprepared.

  8. Karen

    I think what worries me most are these comments after the blog and knowing that you guys were in this group once and 10 years from now it’ll be me leaving comments like this with other group members about the new celebration band.

    Should I try to contain my enthusiasm about this fact or shake my head in shame…?

  9. Chad

    They did great!

    What a step into a time machine to walk into Munson on a friday in June and hear an APU small group raisin’ up and getting their “Truth” on.

    Erica and I stood and just marvelled at them afterwards, all hanging out around the truck, with nothing to do but plan where their evening’s meal would be eaten. Their lives are so simple, and they don’t know it. They think it’s complicated, and they think the stakes are high, and they don’t yet fully comprehend just how free they truly are.

    Enjoy it, kiddos. You’re us minus 9-10 years. The future’s better then you can imagine, and harder then you can grasp. Sing your little guts out.

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