Tuf (pronounced toof) Francis is a family man, professor, scholar, public speaker, and active musician. He began playing music 22 years ago on a derbeki, a single Middle-Eastern drum. Since then, he has added to his repertoire many other percussion instruments, acoustic guitar, drum kit, and lead vocals. He played in several bands and recorded music for almost 15 years. His primary musical influences include Pink Floyd, Ani Difranco, early Genesis, and the Beatles. Tuf was also a high school teacher, youth group leader, and praise leader for ten years. Tuf took a seven-year hiatus from music to finish a doctorate in teacher education at the University of Michigan (inevitably making him an insufferable Michigan football fan). With his speaking and musical talents, Tuf hopes to help churches and other organizations raise money for philanthropic causes. Learn more about Tuf and his music: @TufFrancis and www.tuffrancis.com.
Jams and Juice
Jams and Juice is a time for families to sing and dance together and have fun. Just like Beer and Hymns. Well, without the beer and without the hymns. Join musician Tuf Francis (pronounced Toof) and his family as they lead sing-alongs of classic social justice, spiritual, and happy songs like “This Land is Your Land,” “Free to be You and Me,” and “Here Comes the Sun.” Session includes many opportunities for loud singing and audience participation on various percussion instruments. This is a family event, but kids are not required. Bring your own juice.