Music Builds Tour

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Music Builds Tour
Tour by Switchfoot
Third Day
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Jars of Clay
Music Builds.jpg
Legs 1
No. of shows 23
Switchfoot tour chronology
Up In Arms Tour
Music Builds Tour
Crazy Making Tour

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.[1]

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.[2][3] 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 first began with a kick-off show on April 21, 2008 at the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee.[4]

The main tour began August 21 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan and concluded at the Broomfield Event Center in Denver, Colorado on October 12.

Stage design[edit]

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 [5][6] and two video screens overhead.[7][8] The tour, keeping with the festival theme, also featured a side stage that featured bands such as Red.[9]

Philanthropy efforts[edit]

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.[10]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
August 21, 2008 Clarkston, Michigan United States DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 22, 2008 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center
August 23, 2008 Chicago Charter One Pavilion
September 7, 2008 West Palm Beach, Florida Cruzan Amphitheatre
September 11, 2008 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Blossom Music Center
September 12, 2008 Virginia Beach, Virginia Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 13, 2008 Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center
September 14, 2008 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion
September 18, 2008 Pelham, Alabama Verizon Wireless Music Center
September 19, 2008 Raleigh, North Carolina Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
September 20, 2008 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheater
September 21, 2008 Nashville, Tennessee Bridgestone Arena
September 25, 2008 Phoenix, Arizona Dodge Theatre
September 26, 2008 Irvine, California Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 27, 2008 Chula Vista, California Coors Amphitheatre
September 28, 2008 Wheatland, California Sleep Train Amphitheatre
October 2, 2008 Dallas, Texas Center
October 3, 2008 The Woodlands, Texas
Cypress, Texas
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Richard E. Berry Educational Support Center
Relocated due to damage by Hurricane Ike
October 4, 2008 Selma, Texas Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
October 5, 2008 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Ford Center
October 10, 2008 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center
October 11, 2008 Kansas City, Kansas Starlight Theatre
October 12, 2008 Broomfield, Colorado Broomfield Event Center


  1. ^ Evans Price, Deborah (April 25, 2008). "Christian rock tour targets mainstream fans". Thomson Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  2. ^ Third Day, Switchfoot, Jars of Clay and Robert Randolf and the Family Band Launch Music Builds Tour – April 18, 2008. Retrieved July 7, 2008
  3. ^ Music Builds Tour – April 13, 2008. Retrieved July 7, 2008
  4. ^ Third Day, Switchfoot Join Forces For Music Builds Tour – Published April 21, 2008 (retrieved July 15, 2009)
  5. ^ Music Builds Tour 2008 Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine. – Published September 21, 2008 (retrieved July 28, 2009)
  6. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  7. ^ [2][permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Switchfoot – This Is Home
  9. ^ Music Builds Tour – Published April 13, 2008 (retrieved July 15, 2009)
  10. ^ Music Builds Tour Official Press Release and Tour Poster – Published April 18, 2008 (retrieved July 15, 2009)

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