Glenn Kaiser Band European Tour 2017

Here is a look at tour dates covering most of July for the GKB EuropaTour. There are some gaps that will likely be filled- or will be rest and/or travel days (rest is always good:). The shows will be updated via the link below as well… the site is in German. Wir lieben dich!

And in fact, Ti vogliamo bene! and Wij houden van jou!

Hope to see you on the road in Italy, Germany, The Netherlands or Switzerland 🙂  Scroll down for cities. For details please direct all questions to our amazing friend Carsten Turner via the web address below.

http://www.glennkaiser.de/

The simple list so far:

GLENN KAISER BAND TOUR 2017

07 July 2017

Rome, Italy

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08 July 2017

Rome, Italy

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09 July 2017

TBA

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10 July 2017

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11 July 2017

TBA

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12 July 2017

TBA

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13 July 2017

TBA

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14 July 2017

Holzheim, Germany

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15 July 2017

Hövels, Germany

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16 July 2017

Duisburg, Germany

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16 July 2017

TBA (evening)

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17 July 2017

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18 July 2017

TBA

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19 July 2017

Zwolle, Netherlands

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20 July 2017

Dordrecht, Netherlands

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21 July 2017

Dallgow, Germany

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22 July 2017

Nürtingen, Germany

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23 July 2017

Eppingen, Germany

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24 July 2017

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25 July 2017

TBA

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26 July 2017

Sulzbach, Germany

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27 July 2017

Basel, Switzerland

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28 July 2017

Hasle b.B., Switzerland

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29 July 2017

TBA

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30 July 2017

TBA

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

GK Solo -Western Tour, June 2017

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Pic by Tony Taylor, Ascendent Instruments, Potomac, IL (I named this one “Midnight”) !

Happy to announce details for the upcoming Solo tour out West 🙂

FRI JUNE 16 @ 7pm

GK Solo: Blues and Roots at Palmer Lake, CO

Trilakes Center For The Arts 304 Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO 80133

719.481.0475

http://trilakesarts.org

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SUN JUNE 18 Salt Lake City, UT

GK leads worship 9am 11am 1pm

Calvary Chapel Salt Lake 460 W. Century Drive Salt Lake City, UT
801.264.9999

http://www.calvaryslc.org

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TUE JUNE 20 State Prison (in Washington State) 6pm

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WED JUNE 21 Montesano, WA

Calvary Chapel Montesano 114 Marcy Ave. Montesano, WA

GK (worship, blues, message) 7:07pm

http://ccmonte.com/

360.249.2012

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THU JUNE 22
GK Solo at New Walk Christian Church 7pm
18635 8th Ave S.
Des Moines, WA 98148

 


FRI JUNE 23

Tinderbox Coffee Roasters

101 N Montesano St
Westport, WA 98595
360.612.0555

GK Solo Blues 7pm

http://tinderboxroasters.com/

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MON JUNE 26 – FRI JUNE 30 Idyllwild, CA

52500 Temecula Road
Idyllwild, CA 92549
951.659.2171

Idyllwild Arts hosts a week-long 9am-4pm cigarbox guitar building workshop led by GK including lecture (cbg/blues history), workshop (incl. building your own, installing pickup/s, etc.), playing tips and lessons, GK blues concert and for the brave: end-of-week opportunity to join in song in front of an audience:

http://tinyurl.com/m654twt

http://www.idyllwildarts.org

So it’s a cool variety of tour stops for myself and Wendi. Hope to see some of you on the road.

As always, thanks for stopping by my site! -Glenn

Memorial Day 2017

How does one thank thousands of servicemen and women who have died, giving their lives for the nation?

I would say by individuals of that nation to show respect and likewise be willing to sacrifice that others might enjoy the freedoms we share.

On this day I wish to say Thank You to the parents and other family members who supported their loved ones- those who did not return alive and well upon completion of their mission.

Let me also bring a word to those who disdain any military presence or service- I believe I both understand and also cannot find my own way to full pacifism, and yet as I regularly state in public commentary it is not the population who chooses to send our military. Rather, regardless who is in political power, it is our politicians and military leaders who make those choices. I personally wish all major deployments were a matter of referendum, and yes, realize (and to a point believe) those in charge have intel the average American does not… and yet…!

Bonhoeffer comes to mind often as I consider these matters. It is never “easy” and certainly not always cheap. Sometimes I do believe it is not moral in the least to deploy troops.

Yet zero defense is in my view, a bit like not eating… ever. It makes zero sense.

Having said all this, I give thanks for those in our services who give and absolutely honor those who have given their lives for the freedoms we have.

God Bless- and have mercy on this nation and the nations of the earth we and our military so greatly affect.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

GK Solo, GKB Tour June BASICS

GK Solo Western States Tour followed by GKB European Tour

Details will be posted soon…

Fri. June 16 Palmer Lake, CO

Sun. June 18 Salt Lake City, UT

Tues. June 20 – Fri. June 23 (Prison set Tues.), Weds. June 21 Montesano, WA, Thu. June 22 Aberdeen, WA, Fri. June 23 Aberdeen, WA (2 sep. venues in Aberdeen)

Mon. June 26 – Fri. June 30 Idyllwild, CA

GKB European Tour

Fri. June 7 – Sun. June 30
Rome, Italy
Several dates in Germany
Dates in Switzerland

And that’s all I can say just now… more details coming 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

The Little Things…

You know, the guy zips in and takes “your” parking space.

The weather. The roast got a bit too done. The kid in the next booth at the restaurant won’t quit screaming.

The little foxes spoil the grapes. Yep.

Then again- very little or zero pain when you got up this morning. A slight breeze, mostly blue skies, no biting insects. The waitress smiled at you and seemed sincerely interested in serving you well.

I think we not only need to (as Chuck Swindoll wrote years ago) not sweat the small stuff… I think it’s often the “small” stuff we overlook as gifts from Daddy.

Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of heavenly lights with Whom there is no variableness or shadow due to change.

HE doesn’t change but sometimes from moment to moment our circumstances, what comes our way along our path does. So do we really have total over control over it all? You and I KNOW we don’t and never did nor will.

This is where trusting our Lord with the details comes in. Or doesn’t. We get mad, mean, depressed, self-pity rolls in like a fog. We take it out on those we love most, those we are closest to. I am convinced a major part of the solution comes down to Who you share it all with, who you focus on right through the journey.

If you have not yet learned to pay attention to and connect with God in the little joys and gifts coming your way DAILY you likely are living in a web of the grumps, “the cup is half EMPTY” and self. Self ain’t never gonna be God, nor can it ever be satisfied outside of Him.

I’m all about activism, there IS a time for anger, sadness and the rest. I GET injustice and concern for change. But I’m talking about personal spiritual hygiene.

We complain about the little things. Do we praise and worship Him for the little things?

Something to think about perhaps?

Mercy Father, give us eyes to see, grateful hearts that give thanks.

Thanks much for stopping by! -Glenn

Me… or The Bible?

Q.: Are our thoughts about The Bible more important than what it says about us?

My answer would be Both “Yes and No.”

Really? Yep, really.

First, the “yes”, why I say it- and what I or someone else may consider more important.

As has often been argued with great sense and reason (yeah, yeah, modernist and Greek philosophy ‘eh…?:) our own individual and/or shared interpretation of the Book absolutely renders it -in practical terms-, true or false, beneficial or ridiculous, helpful or harmful.

There are any number of verses that bring one to the same basic conclusion regarding our own motives for quoting or living by a Bible text… or not.

Satan quotes scripture to Jesus Who responds to him with scripture. Ponder that for a bit and you realize two very different beings, attitudes, motives and outcomes are at work in the process of both the key fallen angel of note and God the Son referencing scripture.

Many and most likely most followers of Christ refer to this collection of books and letters as The Word of God. I think it is, though I won’t bother to argue infallibility as I think the argument is moot. In my view, studies and experience there is simply no other book that tells truth with as much authority or purpose, all pointing to the God you and I, dear reader, are not.

Because we ourselves are -not- God… and therefore are not infallible -our individual and even corporate, shared interpretations of the very Book are likewise not infallible. We are, even as Christ-followers, flawed, imperfect, prone to mistakes. He is not.

As I often ask, what does HE think, feel, care about, want, desire for and in us, in His creation, in our relationship to Him and one another? How can we be fairly sure?

Many will argue God speaks outside the Bible and I fully agree. I also believe one must begin with Jesus’ Own words about scripture, including His often quoting it. This one can easily study via the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), next the many quotes cited by the rest of the writers of the New Testament.

I fully admit (and why not, truth is truth!) -humans- wrote these texts.

Scripture itself tells us “holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit” as they wrote. Hmmm. Now we are being called to believe, in faith, that such was the case.

Certainly the matter eventually comes to faith. Yet I argue the most disturbing thing about it is the fact we cannot believe this Book and apply it with perfection as Father, Son and Spirit do.

The Word Who “became flesh and dwelt among us” is Jesus Christ, the Person Himself according to the first chapter of the Gospel of John. Written characters (language on a page) do not equal a person and certainly not God.

Further, anyone who follows Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in genuine relationship has learned perhaps 90 percent or more of what they believe about Him based on the Bible. Personal experiences are amazing, not uncommon and they are truly important, even essential to experience life with the risen Christ.

But if there were no Bible, what would anyone know or believe about Him? How would one have any clue if what they believed was true, accurate, solid WITHOUT the Bible?

There are plenty of “God/god/spiritual-whatever experiences” had by all sorts of people who believe all sorts of things about Him/Her/It through the ages of the human race. So… what?

One cannot give solid argument disconnected from the Book as to Who Jesus was and is… and not eventually suffer at least elements of disconnect. There are only a couple reputable ancient documents outside of the Bible that speak of Him and they do not even come close to clarity such as the Bible gives in the four Gospels alone.

The “no” comes now:

You and I may BELIEVE truth or untruth, that the sky is falling when it is not, that we are experiencing an earthquake when those standing right next to us feel nothing at all… and we would be flat wrong to say X is happening when it simply isn’t.

EXPERIENCING God based on His Word is indeed a matter of faith, but it is also a matter of humility. We may well make mistakes with His written Word and all of us do at times… but it speaks not only of God, it brings strong, thorough and direct as well as parabolic judgment on humans in terms of their relationships and treatment of both God and one another.

The Bible reads us… and there are plenty of sections that call us out in quite negative terms. Oh, The Gospel is Good News… but it’s also bad news to those disinterested in brutal honesty and it’s insistence that only Jesus Christ is sufficient for life, now and in eternity, commanding repentance and a life of loving obedience to Him. Commands, not mere options. Yep, lotsa peeps recoil at all this.

I find nearly zero issue with what it says though I do not always like it, sometimes do not understand why God did this or said that in the sense of my own ability to “enjoy” it. On occasion I literally pray “Lord, I trust You are kind and good, that You are love itself… but as you know, I would not have done that the way You obviously did!”

In other words, I may dislike what I read but I find it nearly impossible to judge either God or the Old or New Testament writers with regard to what it’s words say about myself and the rest of humanity. I find myself asking forgiveness, cringing and coming to Him like a pup with tail between legs plenty often.

Jesus’ apparent attitude and dealings with people versus many of my own and plenty of others -are quite different!

The Bible brings us to a view that is often difficult to either counter or frankly, argue against re. scripture speaking about the human condition without surrender to God versus what an authentic follower of Jesus thinks, says and lives out. I mean, the contrast is pretty obvious and not always a pleasure to notice as we study the Bible!

So there is in this sense a matter of truth and reality, not mere perspective that sorts us out and at times “puts us up against the wall” in a rather uncomfortable way.

“The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God” is one phrase that comes to mind in such a moment of careful consideration.

In this sense, what I or you or any human thinks about the Bible, how we judge it is far less important that how God judges us as we read, respect and apply or ignore, disrespect and/or do not apply its teachings to our relationships.

If it -is- the Word of God and not merely the words of humans on some sort of “spiritual philosophy kick”- and indeed I believe it is the Word of the One True God, what we think about it is far less important than what He thinks about our response to its words.

What we think about Him and whether we truly know and walk with Him is the deal.

The Bible clearly defines both believers and unbelievers in rather stark terms.

Sheep/goats, followers/non-followers, obedient/disobedient, those who love with His love and those who do not.

Something to consider as you consider the Bible’s place- or lack of it… in your own life.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn