Eugene Cho

seattle, music, and qcafe

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its really true.  everyone in seattle is a musician. everyone’s in a band.  everyone’s in with eddie vedder.  everyone’s in with dave matthews.  and if you’re not in a band, you just lie and say you’re still in a band.  and if you want to skirt around the idea, you just say, ‘i’m an artist.‘  but let me just say, i love seattle because it has so many musicians, artists, and creative folks. this is one of the highlights we have had in planting quest church five years ago: we have met such a diverse community of people – especially entrepreneurs, social workers, globally minded folks, artists, and musicians.

while qcafe has had its ups and downs, it’s live music venue has been a wonderful blessing. it has hosted open mic’ers, gospel, alternative, hip hop, local dreamers and stars, national christian artists, one grammy winner, and of course, many questers. because minhee and i are fairly limited in our capacity for free time with three kids, crashing the live music shows on fridays nights on occassion has been one of our delights. so, here are some of the musical highlights for our venue/church:

some favorite questers: mercir (fronted by zadok wartes who leads worship at the 5pm) who i believe can win a grammy someday and zadok has promised to squeeze my name in after he thanks jesus and his mama; dandelion method (joel & sarah heng-hartse)before they became a vh1 ‘behind the scenes’ story), and i admit, late tuesday (tara ward).  i’m a closet late tuesday fan but i’m finally coming out!  and lots of soloists from open mic, benefit shows, and gigs.  please don’t be upset if i’ve played favorites here…

other highlights: tyrone wells (check out this short video of his recent gig at qcafe); royal priesthood choir, nickelcreek (grammy winner and sick with the mandolin), ginny owens (blind but such piercing clarity in her songwriting) and couple local artists who have since gone BIG – shawn macdonald and smoosh (who just showed up in a review in the recent time magazine edition).

i’m thankful to the countless volunteers, and the live music coordinators of past and present for their incredible work, sacrifice and ‘love of music’ (leah, jennifer, and now, rachel). if you’re in seattle and you want to volunteer at shows (free admission & coffee!), email rachel@qcafe.org.  open mic re:boots next week on tuesday nights at 7pm and live music is on most friday nights at 8pm. we’ve got some fun shows (check out qcafe on myspace) lined up in the coming months and yes, the rumor is true: chris tomlin is playing the cafe in november but unfortunately, it’s pretty much sold out already.  and one of these days, dave matthews will pop in during open mic…

newer folks at quest as well as outsiders often question if it’s proper for quest to sponsor a non-religious cafe and thus, a non-religious music venue. the music we host is all over the board (the majority of the bands/music are not ‘christian’) as long as they sign our policy for no cussing, no hate lyrics, and so forth.  for us, this is a tangible way to serve the local community, to add and hopefully beautify the local arts and culture, to build relationships with folks, and a direct output of our philosophy to be missional. no preaching, no proselytizing, no passing out tracts – the live music coordinator gets up during intermission, welcomes folks, shares the vision of the cafe, and shares how a church called quest church who meets in the same space on sundays raised funds to start the cafe/venue. all in hopes that our actions speak louder than our words.

and one of these days, my band – CHOMAMA AND THE OVERCOMPLEXIFIEDS will play the venue.  stay tuned…

Filed under: culture, emerging church, Q Cafe, seattle

2 Responses

  1. eugenecho says:

    for those that have already emailed me, the comment about dave matthews was a joke. sorry to get your hopes up high.

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One Day’s Wages

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Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Thanks for your prayers. 
I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
2 We want peace. We want security. 
3 We hate ISIS. 
4 We just want to go home.
5 Please don't forget us.

Please don't forget them... Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

Please pray for safety, for empathy, for humility and integrity, for divine meetings. Pray that we listen well; To be present and not just be a consumer of these vulnerable stories. That's my biggest prayer.

Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
May it be so. Amen. Mount Rainier is simply epic. There's nothing like flying in and out of Seattle.

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my tweets

  • Every convo with Iraqi/Syrian refugees included: 1 Have tea with us 2 We want peace 3 We hate ISIS 4 We want to go home 5 Don't forget us || 2 days ago
  • Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan to assess @OneDaysWages' partnerships & to film mini-documentary on refugee crisis. So many emotions. || 2 days ago
  • Pray for Mexico. For those mourning loved ones. For those fighting for life - even under rubbles. For rescue workers. Lord, in your mercy. || 2 days ago
  • Don't underestimate what God can do through you. God has a very long history of using foolish and broken people for His purposes and glory. || 4 days ago
  • Father, bless these Iraqi and Syrian refugee children that have already endured so much. As we pray, teach us how t… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… || 6 days ago
  • Pray for Iraq. Pray for persecuted Church, minority groups (Yezidis) and Muslims alike who are suffering under ISIS: instagram.com/p/BZF2j6Ngrna/ || 6 days ago