Newman University
Wichita, KS - August 4 & 5, 2000

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Billy Sprague 120 Drums Red Sea Pedestrian Sister Sarah
Geoff Moore Roomful of Walters Eric Hauck Appalachian Quartet
Mitch McVicker Andrew Peterson This Train A Ragamuffin Band

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Friday morning started out with Mitch McVicker joining Light99 on the morning show Mitch visited with Scott Thunder and played a song live. Watching in the background (in town for the LegacyFest) is Brian William, webmaster for the Rich Mullins web page, Calling Out Your Name. Even though he left his harmonica in Gallup, NM, Mitch still played "The Lemonade Song," During the solo he sang-spoke, "Here's where the harmonica solo goes." Scott got a kick out of that. We went from the studios straight to Newman University, Eck Building, where folks were already gathering for workshop registration and check-in. Here (left) Dave Anderson, Kansas, and (right) Geoff Horton, Illinois, (who is also the Ragamuffin Mailing List moderator) visit about the upcoming events of the day.
The number of people regsitering for workshops doubled from 1999. At Eric Hauck's guitar workshop Friday morning, there were people with a wide variety of experience. Eric did a pretty good job providing material for all. With his full knowledge of theory and "working musician" experience, one would never guess Eric had only been playing guitar for 4 years. Then it was time for the Lunch Time Concert. The first artist on Friday, with a very strong voice and accompanied by Elvie Malcom, was Kim Windsor.
Here's an exciting local group from Wichita headed up by Blake Langhofer ... These guys rocked! Joshua Iserhoff on vocals had both a jazz and Native American influence. Joshua was accompanied by both trax and traditional Native American percussion and woodwinds. Closing out the first day noon concert was The Legacy's own Alyssa Loukota. Alyssa, who is usually introducing artists, shared with us her beautiful voice and original music usually heard only at music camps or around the Legacy office. She was also joined by Elvie Malcom, who sang a few songs as well.
Alyssa and Elvie were backed up by the A-Train himself, Aaron Smith. Aaron who has left the Ragamuffins to move on to new ventures, was also around on Friday for a workshop and other percussion duties. A couple members of the Ragamuffin Mailing List (did you see all the Ragamuffin Name Tags?) (left) Sharon Wall, Colorado; and (right) Robin Woodson, Illinois; just had to get up and dance! More of the lunch crowd and long time cyber-ragamuffin-friends: (from l. to r.) Danl Blackwood (yours truly), Wichita; Sandy McMullen, Texas; Beth Ash, Ohio; Brian William, Illinois; Geoff Horton, Illinois. Back inside for the afternoon workshops... Jim Smith (along with David Mullins) led the Spiritual Development Workshop. Jim is also the author of the book, Rich Mullins, an Arrow Pointing to Heaven, the new biography/devotional to be released September 1st, but available at the festival by special arrangement of Broadman & Hollman Publishers.
Ragamuffin Jimmy Abegg again lends his tremendous creative talents; this year it was a Sketching and Drawing workshop. Also returning this year was Jon Lansa, Native America Representative of The Navigators, to lead a Native America Culture and Christianity workshop Some very beautiful creations were coming out of both the Quilting and Beading workshops. Alyssa Loukota (along with Tammy Pruitt) leads the Journaling and Prayer workshop.
Aaron Smith in the percussion workshop. (Hey Aaron, I forgot to get my "A-Train" T-shirt! Where can I order one of those?) Daniel Schmidt from Westlink Christian in Wichita filled in for Steve Brummer in the Praise and Worship workshop. Steve's wife went into premature labor, but thankfully everything (including mom's way-too-high blood pressure, and their new baby) turned out OK. One of the more popular classes was Ben Pearson's Photography workshop. Here the class takes to the outdoors for natural lighting. (The young lady Ben was shooting, Olivia Paff, told me later her boyfriend proposed to her the next day during the lunch concert in front of the Jesus statue on campus, while Billy Sprauge was singing "I could sing of your love forever." Cool huh!?)
Just like last year, I don't mind telling you how nervous I felt taking these pictures. I might as well have been trying to write a song about one of Rich's songs. Jimmy A pokes his head in to visit with Dave Mullins (back) at the book signing event. James Bryan Smith (fore), autographs a copy of his new Rich Mullins biography. Both Friday and Saturday, Broadman and Hollman Publishers sponsored the "Meet The Author" event, to the delight of many Rich Mullins fans who got their early release copies autographed. David Mullins (left), visits with a LegacyFest attendee about the long awaited biography/devotional Rich Mullins, an Arrow Pointing to Heaven, about the life and ministry of the founder of The Legacy of a Kid Brother St Frank which will hit book stands in a month.
The Friday evening event was a total Native American experience beginning with Side By Side, a group of young music ministers. They shared their unique style of a combination of American and Native American music and dance.
While they performed it was difficult not to notice the tribal dancers preparing for the ministry of the First Nations of North America, founded by Grand Chief Lynda Prince.
Youngsters and "oldsters" alike participated. The drums playing melodies older than America... ... they led us in worship with ceremonial dances carrying the significance of hundreds of years of Native American culture.
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Geoff Horton's LegacyFest 2000 review, posted on the Phantom Tollbooth
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