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Christian artists share memories of Koinonia Coffeehouse & Bookstore

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The Koinonia Family Reunion is just one week away, but there are still some tickets available at koinoniafamilyreunion.com for anyone who loves contemporary Christian music or 1970s-style Jesus music. The 40th Anniversary Koinonia Family Reunion is Friday, November 2, 2012 at Woodmont Hills Church at 7:00 p.m.

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The concert will feature classic early contemporary Christian music from 1970s groups and artists including Dogwood, Fireworks, Homecoming, Tricia Walker, and comedy group The Glory Bugles.

I asked a few Christian artists to share some memories of Koinonia and how the old coffeehouse and artists had impacted their lives.

Bonnie Keen

Marty McCall and I never knew when I saw him in concert with Fireworks that we would share a 15 year ministry in First Call," Christian artists Bonnie Keen reminisces. "There's no way to describe how I love him, am continually in awe of his voice and talent and heart.....and remember vividly hearing him sing for the first time...sitting slack jawed listening to him sing.

"Tricia Walker wrote 'Evening in December' which was the first cut on the first Christmas acapella cd recorded by First Call. Another first moment in a life time of friendships. History upon history was made with friendships at this chapel where people sat in the windows, on the floors and filled up the pews. It was a season of true love of God and child like celebration of the arts."

Buddy Greene

Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and legendary harmonica player Buddy Greene describes one of his favorite Koinonia memories, playing a harmonica overdub on a Noel Paul Stookey album that was recorded at the Belmont Chapel. "As an aspiring artist who wanted to 'make it' one day, it was great to see up close and personal that a person of Stookey's reputation and celebrity could be so other-minded, that is, putting others first. We later had lunch together and he was the same way towards the waitstaff in the restaurant. Good models like his are very important to impressionable neophytes."

Bruce Carroll

"In the late 80's, I booked and played the coffee house for almost a year," says Christian artist and worship leader, Bruce Carroll. "I booked Michael Card, Billy Sprague, Pam Mark Hall, Rob Frasier, First Call, Rich Mullins and many others. I just called them at their homes. My own debut concert as a label artist with Word was there! So I have a soft and very fond place in my heart for Koinonia Coffee House."

Gary Pigg

Co-founder of 70s band Fireworks and present-day session singer Gary Pigg recalls, "Koinonia, the coffee house/bookstore where this music found fertile soil to sow its seeds, was in turn watered and nurtured by the "fathers" there and wound up being the genesis in Nashville of what the music industry has come to know as CCM. But let me be clear, this was not about a concert, a record deal, a showcase, a stepping stone - not a 'gig'...it was simply a way of life."

The 40th Koinonia Family Reunion is coming up next Friday, November 2, 2012 at Woodmont Hills Church at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $7.50 per person or $15 per immediate family. For more information or to order tickets, visit 40th Anniversary Koinonia Family Reunion Planned or http://www.koinoniafamilyreunion.com/

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