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Christian rock band to raise funds for refugee families
By Charlotte Norgaard | Daily Herald Correspondent
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Published: 2/15/2008 12:20 AM

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A popular Christian rock band that parodies much of today's current music is stopping in Kane County for a concert Saturday.

Apologetix, which calls itself "that Christian parody band," is scheduled to play at Lord of Life Lutheran Church near LaFox.

The Pennsylvania-based band gained popularity by taking songs from popular bands such as the Beatles, Pearl Jam, The Goo Goo Dolls, Red Hot Chili Peppers and rewriting the lyrics with Christian themes.

With a catalog of 14 albums, Apologetix has been touring the country for the last 15 years.

Saturday's show, sponsored by Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles, will raise funds for local refugee support ministries.

Funds will support families like the Bays, who came to St. Charles after suffering years of persecution in Myanmar which was formerly known as Burma. They had lived in a refugee camp in Thailand, where three of their six children were born before coming to the United States.

"They were part of an oppressed minority in Burma," said Ben Adams, a church member who is involved in refugee ministries at Baker Memorial.

Although the father, Puday, works at a meat processing plant in West Chicago, the family is getting financial support from Baker Memorial that will enable them to eventually purchase a home.

Adams said he hopes the concert will pave the way for future refugees to settle in the area.

"The major goal is to get other churches involved in the refugee ministries," he said, adding that the concert will be a great family event.

Advance tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children age 5 and younger are free. Purchase tickets at

For more information, call Baker Memorial United Methodist Church at (630) 584-6680.