Eric Folkerth, a former associate pastor at Highland Park United Methodist Church, is one of the founding members of Connections, an enormous cover band fronted by United Methodist ministers from around North Texas.
“That probably sounds like a terrible idea,” he said, “but we’ve actually played for tens of thousands of people in the past six years, and raised hundreds of thousands for charity.”
Much like church services, the band’s shows are all free. But, much like church’s services, the band takes up an offering, usually with a specific charity in mind. The beneficiary of Friday’s show at Northaven United Methodist Church, where Folkerth has been the senior pastor since 2001, will be the United Methodist Committee on Relief. If Connections’ fans donate at least $700 that night — and Folkerth thinks they will — the band will surpass $250,000 in total fundraising.
The theme of Friday’s show, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., is “Triple Play.” Connections will cover three songs each by seven artists, including Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.