Booth Brothers Concert Highlights – April 2nd, 2011
On April 2nd, 2011, our family loaded into the van and headed toward Maplewood, Minnesota to experience one of our “Most Anticipated Nights of the Year”: the Booth Brothers’ annual concert at Lakewood Worship and Community Center! Each Southern Gospel concert we are able to attend is a special treat for our family, especially if it is by one of our favorite groups. And the Booth Brothers are definitely in the top five category around our home.
But it wasn’t always this way…
In 2009, a friend told our family the Booth Brothers were coming to Minnesota, and immediately our interest was piqued. We had heard this trio on the Gospel Greats (about our only source of current Gospel music here in our SGM-starved state!), and some of us had started to enjoy their musical style. Ben, Taylor, and Leesha pleaded with Dad and Mom to let the family go and see them. Mom especially was very apprehensive about attending the concert, for she did not appreciate trios for the obvious reasons: 1.) They do not have a bass; 2.) they do not have a bass; 3.) and they do not have a bass. 🙂 In fact, Dad and Mom had even seen them during a Gaither Homecoming concert several years before, and didn’t remember much about them! But finally they decided it was worth attending the concert, and shall we say, the rest is history!
We put together a short video highlighting some special memories from the whole experience, and hope you enjoy traveling with the Garms Family!
For a transcription, click “more”…
TRANSCRIPTION OF VIDEO
Getting to the Concert
Caleb: “This is Caleb Garms. We’re getting ready for the Booth Brothers. Well…we’ll be goin’…” (looks for clock) “…in…” (can’t find clock) “…well, hope we’ll be going in a couple minutes, so…”
Sam: “I’m excited this time to go to the Booth Brothers ’cause it’s one of the most important times we have gone so – gone to them so far!”
Garms family traveling in their van. Jayme: “We’re on our way!” Cheers by the rest of the family.
A van driving by with a mattress on top, probably the strangest sight seen by the Garms family that day. (Our speculations about the sight are perhaps a new mode of travel for Southern Gospel groups, or perhaps a new invention: a bed-and-breakfast mobile? 🙂 )
Caleb riding in van. Caleb: “We’re close! It’s goin’ to be fun!”
Camera focuses on yellow school bus outside window. Taylor: “Hey look! It’s the Booth Brothers’ bus! Look!” Leesha: “Yeah, their Sprinter.” Taylor: “Umm, not quite.”
Outside Lakewood Temple; Waiting for the Doors To Open
The Booth Brothers’ actual transportation for this venue: Ronnie Booth’s truck and a U-Haul trailer.
Garms family in front of venue building. Caleb: “Guess what!” Ben: “What?” Caleb: “The doors open at 5:15! It’s four o’ clock; one hour to wait…” Caleb throws back his head and lets out a “Aahhh!”
Sam: “The Booth Brothers are going to be singing tonight.” Ben: “Alright!” Sam: “And we are having an interview, very important!”
Sam looking at sign on door. Sam: “It says, ‘Doors Open at…5:15’.” Jayme: “Ahh, it’s an hour from now!”
Caleb: “Waiting, waiting, and waiting. No sign of them [the Booth Brothers]. The doors are not open till 5:15; how can we wait any longer? *Groan*” Caleb walks up the sidewalk to stand at doors with Sam and Jayme. Caleb: “Do you see anything?”
Sam, Jayme, and Caleb: “We saw Michael!”
Sam: “He’s [Michael] back! He’s actually here! He saw us!” Jayme and Caleb: “He saw us!?!” Taylor: “Is he waving at you?” Sam, Jayme, and Caleb: “No!” Sam: “He’s like…” Sam does a little strutting dance… 🙂
Sam, Jayme, and Caleb giggling in front of doors. They turn around to find the rest of the family. Jayme: “Oh no!” Sam comes running away from doors. Sam: “We saw Jim, we saw Jim!” Jayme and Caleb follow suit yelling: “We saw Jim!” Jayme: “We saw all three of them!” Sam: “We saw all of them now!” Caleb: “Yeah! We saw all of them!” All three (LAs that is) turn around and race back to the doors singing “Welcome To The Family”.
Ronnie Booth talking with the line of people at the door. He sees and points at the camera and says, “Is that thing on? Oh man, I’ve got a bad hair day!” [Laughter] He turns back to the people and says, “I’ll see you guys later! Glad you’re here! It’s gonna be a good night!” Ronnie goes back into building, and Sam, Jayme, and Caleb erupt into cheers and giggles. Somebody behind the Garms family (Bruce) says, “Ah, they were recording all of that!”
Jayme: “Ronnie…[Gulp]…he came up. When he saw us, we were at the window, and he went…[crouches down and waves]…and he came to the doors and he said ‘Hi!’ and he…[Jayme shivers]…Ah! Yeah! *Gasp*” Caleb: “He [Ronnie] called Sam ‘tiger’.”
Sam standing by the line of waiting people says, “Ronnie is very kind! And he even called me ‘tiger’!”
The Garms family is at the front of the line with other friends and people. The Major starts to open the doors. Some of the background comments: Jan: “…going to tell her we’re getting ready. We’re gonna get run over, I know it!” The doors open. Bruce: “They’ve [the LAs] just been jumping up and down!” Sam, Jayme, and Caleb cheer “Hooray!” and walk through the doors. Sam: “Forward!” Jay: “Bruce, we’re following you!” Bruce: “I’m following the kids! Ha Ha!” Dad: “Come on, boys, girls!”
19th Scene: Some of the Garms and friend Jan walk down the aisle, find a front-row pew, and make themselves comfy.
Taylor Talking With the Audience
Taylor: “Why do you like the Booth Brothers?” Man: “Ah, I like their harmony; I like their spontaneity; I love their humor.”
Eunice: “We like ’em [the Booth Brothers] all; we love ’em all!”
Taylor: “Let me take it they’re probably one of your most favorite Southern Gospel groups, right?” Husband and Wife, “Absolutely!”
Michael Booth looks up in a pleased fashion.
Taylor: “So how long have you been seeing them [the Booth Brothers]?” Eunice: “Oh, let’s see…” Looks at her husband. Looks back, “…fifty years?! No!” Eunice breaks out laughing.
Michael Booth breaks out laughing.
Taylor: “Do you have a favorite Booth Brother? Man: “Ah, I wouldn’t want to go that far; Michael might be upset if I didn’t choose him.”
Michael Booth drops shoulders in a disappointed fashion.
Husband: “Michael is so crazy!”
Michael Booth does a raspberry.
Kathy: “Yes” Taylor: “Ok, this is the message. We need more Southern Gospel people here in Minnesota, OK?” Kathy and Taylor agree.
Taylor: “Kathy and I are in agreement!”
Michael Booth leans into camera and says with Taylor’s voice: “We need more Southern Gospel people here in Minnesota, OK?.” It goes back to his voice and he says laughingly, “I’m sorry!”
And. . .The BIG, BAD BLOOPER!
Michael Booth: You’ve got to offset the junk that’s gone into…Junk in, junk out…so good in, good out. So even if you are [Loud table screech] watching television [Table screech continues], we need to make sure that we’re not watching [Rumble] too much…” The table rumbling and screech suddenly builds to an unprecedented level. Michael, Sam, Jayme, and Caleb look down hallway. Michael turns toward the camera with a hilariously frustrated look on his face, and turns back. Sam, Jayme, and Caleb are wondering what Michael is going to do next! Michael turns back, pounds his chest and says, “Excuse me!” Sam spins away in laughter. The table continues screeching. The table suddenly stops, and someone says, “What’s going on?” Michael turns back to the camera and says, “There’s a blooper for you. [Laughter] Put that on YouTube right there!” Taylor: “Oh Yeah!” [Side note from the transcriber: you’re watching this, right? 🙂 ] Michael: “Anyway…” He breaks out laughing. Table starts screeching again. Someone: “That’s a memory!” Michael: “Excuse me!” Someone: “That didn’t sound the best, was that you Michael?” Michael: “I don’t know…I’m sorry, but I do feel better! I’m sorry.” [Laughter] Michael laughingly says: “I don’t know…what were we talking about?” Taylor: “Good question!” Michael: ” I have no idea.” Caleb: “About the TV thing.” Michael: “TV thing, yeah!” Michael stops and collects his thoughts.
The End Of The Video
In the Garms van in Lakewood Temple’s parking lot, late at night. Leesha: “Five hours ago – no! – six, we arrived here, and now we’re leaving.” A picture of the Garms family and the Booth Brothers flashes up. Leesha: “It’s been a long day.”