ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) performs at 7 p.m. Friday in the Capitol Theatre, 220 W. Dominick St.
Admission is $10.
A parody is an imitation or spoof, in this case of popular songs. For example, you won’t hear "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" (by Charlie Daniels) from the ApologetiX, but you might hear "The Devil Went Down to Jordan." (Or you may be able to get it through the music tab on the group’s website at: apologetix.com) Other examples include: Look Yourself, parody of Lose Yourself by Eminem from Adam Up; and Baa! We’re Lambs, parody of Barbara Ann by Beach Boys from Grace Period.
There are lots more as the band has released 13 CDs, 1 EP, and two DVDs. It’s latest CD released in mid-November, "Wise Up and Rock" features spoofs of 26 classic hits from the 80’s with 16 full-length tracks and one massive 10-song medley.
The Pittsburgh, Pa., area group has appeared at Kingdom Bound (at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, Darien Center), on TV and many festivals.
Apologetix parodies of classic and modern hits "can be both clever and funny," said promoter Mike Froio (info at 339-3746). He said the lead singer reads through the Bible every year "so he is gifted at hearing a song and making a Biblical parody out of it."
The band includes: Tom Milnes as one of two lead guitarists, Keith Haynie on base guitar, J. Jackson is lead singer and lyricist, Tom Tincha is a guitarist, Jimmy "Vegas" Tanner is the drummer, Todd Waites is keyboardist and keyboardist/producer Bill Hubauer.
A group spokesman said, "Overall, we’ve had a 99 percent positive response to our music from both Christians and non-Christians.
"Like Paul’s, our message (The Gospel) is the same in all of our songs, no matter what the genre. All we are doing is translating it into a language which our audience understands. Some people translate the Bible into foreign languages to reach others; we translate it into the language of music.
"We try to incorporate as many Bible verses, facts and verse numbers into our songs as possible. I am absolutely delighted when people come back to me and tell me that our songs are helping them to memorize scripture."
ApologetiX gets their unusual name from the word "apologetics" which means "the defense of the Christian faith." It’s based on the Greek word for defense, apologia, which is in the original text of this Bible verse from the Apostle Peter: "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer (or defense or "apologia") to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." — 1 Peter 3:15
The first concert as ApologetiX on March 27, 1992.
The concert is sponsored by Chenango, Madison and Oneida County Christian churches.
On the net: http://apologetix.com/