Asian tour details… sort of

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blue sky nine heads out for tour in Asia next week.  Here' s our itinerary (I'll keep it up to date when it changes). I'll try to keep updates happening as long as we have Internet access. Seoul is pretty wired, but we have no idea what to expect in UlaanBaatar.  We'll see. September: 29 - Fly to Seoul, South Korea 30 - Arrive in Seoul  (13 hrs ahead of Indiana time)  October: 1 - Connect with Korean hosts for 2nd leg of tour while in country 2 - Fly to Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia (12 hours ahead of Indiana time) - Orientation w/ Mongolian team 3 - Campus Concert - 4 - Prison show in Dzuunharaa 5 – Training -  We’ll provide audio engineering and strategic training 6 – Participate in CCC’s ‘World Wide…
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getting punched in the facade

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On this last concert tour with blue sky nine, I was talking to a guy and a girl after a show. The guy was one of the student leaders of the ministry on campus that brought us in, and he was fairly straight-laced. The girl was a bit alternative-looking and had hung around after the show to talk. During the conversation, he asked her a question or two about her spiritual interests. "I'm agnostic", she said, with a certain finality. And at that point, the guy visibly shut down and dropped the topic.  When she said the word "agnostic", it was like a switch went off and he quit asking questions.   Hmmmm.   So, I asked her - "Do you mind if I ask you a clarifying question or two about being agnostic?" "Sure", she said - without any real pushback or hesitation. "When you…
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blue sky nine feeds the 500…

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So there we were, on a hillside, and people needed to eat… OK, not really.  But, we played Sunday evening at Iowa State for their annual back-to-school cookout, where they have free food from a local BBQ place.  Last year they had about 250-300 people at the event with food only, and this year they had blue sky nine in addition to the cookout.  They did a great job of building buzz for the event through Facebook, flyers, signage, and a ’search and hustle’ operation (going through the dorms knocking on doors) to let students know about it. The BBQ place said they fed 500 people at the event (and had to turn a few away).  We know that many of those people stuck around as we played, which means they heard about CRU on campus…
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Back on the road…

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This weekend, blue sky nine does a gig in Iowa at Iowa State. Then we're home a few days, and then Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado. Then, home a couple of weeks, and then off to Mongolia and South Korea for most of October. I'm excited about touring. We added some new songs to our set by other artists, which keeps things updated. We are doing a new original song that we wrote, which keeps things, well, authentic. We have some great opportunities, especially overseas, to share the truth and also to help equip some other ministries to use music the way we do. But... Between getting the school year kicked off for the girls, and getting back into the swing of touring life from our summer of other busy-but-different…
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