Music Builds Tour
|Music Builds Tour|
|Tour by Switchfoot
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Jars of Clay
The Music Builds Tour was a 23-show festival-style concert tour spanning three months in late 2008. Rock bands Switchfoot and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, along with Third Day and Jars of Clay co-headlined the event.
This is a new model for touring that we are really excited about, it is so much bigger than the music itself. This is about seeing the world change. In keeping with that dream, the "Music Builds Tour" is a traveling festival that will benefit Habitat for Humanity, an amazing organization providing homes to needy families around the globe.
— Switchfoot drummer Chad Butler
As such, the tour benefited local Habitat for Humanity chapters in the tour cities, through a program combining “Hollywood For Habitat For Humanity,” the concert production company Live Nation, and the bands. The tour has been depicted in two concert films, Third Day's Live Revelation and Switchfoot's The Best Yet Live in Nashville. One music video was shot during the tour, that being the second version of Switchfoot's "This Is Home."
The tour played mostly in large arenas and amphitheaters. It featured an elaborate stage set-up, which included one large LED display screen behind the performers  and two video screens overhead. The tour, keeping with the festival theme, also featured a side stage that featured bands such as Red.
The tour benefited Habitat for Humanity’s home building program in several different ways. For one, the artists on the tour donate $1 to the charity for each ticket sold during the tour. Additionally, the funds that were raised from various ticket auctions, special merchandise items, and event packages were allocated to help fund Habitat for Humanity in each tour stop city. The bands also were found at the various Habitat for Humanity build sites during the tour personally helping in the construction of Habitat for Humanity-sponsored homes, and also invited some of the current and future homeowners to attend the shows.
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- Switchfoot - This Is Home
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