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The Make Your Move Tour Rocks Memorial Auditorium, Southern Style

posted May 13, 2011, 1:46 PM by Sarah Brehm   [ updated May 13, 2011, 2:01 PM ]
If someone is even remotely familiar with Christian music, chances are that person has heard of Third Day (and probably owns at least one album). Hailing out of Marietta, Georgia, this highly successful southern rock band has found a sound that appeals to a wide audience, a sound that has won them several Grammy Awards and Dove Awards. Third Day can most certainly rock, but they also have some of the most powerful contemporary worship songs today. On May 12, Third Day headlined the Make Your Move tour at Memorial Auditorium. Everyone who was there had a rockin’ good time!


Singer/songwriter Trevor Morgan, whose independent album The Blessed and The Broken was produced by members of Third Day, opened up the show. His voice and his guitar lilted through the speakers as he performed a few songs, including “Love That Way” and “Psalm 23.” Just from Nashville, Trevor mentioned that he had a “wonderful day in your beautiful city.”


Tenth Avenue North performed next. What I learned from their set: (1) Yes, this band can have a heavier sound that their normal pop-rock sound—the third song in their set, “Break Me Down,” blew me away! Unfortunately, the album version of this song doesn’t have quite the same kick it did live. (2) Lead singer Mike Donehey does a pretty good impersonation of Smeagol/Gollum from Lord of the Rings—he used Smeagol as an example of how material things become “my precious,” and that sometimes the best thing God can do for us is to take away our things. And (3) Tenth Avenue North has some of the most thought-provoking lyrics. “House of Mirrors” and (especially) “You Are More” nearly brought me to tears.


It’s obvious the Tenth Avenue North band members are passionate about what they believe and the music they create. You can currently download “You Don’t Owe Me” –a song that’s a mix of pop, blues, and southern gospel—for free from their website. Mike Donehey explained that they believe in tithing, in giving back to God, not just money, everything in their lives, including their music. Giving you a free song is one way they’re choosing to give to God.


After a brief intermission, Third Day blasted onto stage for one of the longest sets I’ve seen in a while—they played a total of 20 songs! For the most part, the crowd stayed till the last note ended and the lights went up. But Chattanooga, we disappointed Third Day. On their official website, Third Day mentioned that last night had one of the worst turn-outs of this tour and crowd participation was at a minimum. Those of us who were there enjoyed some brilliant music and some excellent worship. I could have listened to them play well into the night.


Third Day performed a variety of songs from many albums, including “I’ve Always Loved You,” “God of Wonders,” “Lift Up Your Face,” “Your Love oh Lord,” and their current single “Make Your Move.” And they know how to put on a show, complete with dazzling lights and even video.


They advertised for the movie Seven Days in Utopia (coming this August) which will featuring their song “Born Again.”


During a few songs, Third Day had Mike Donehey from Tenth Avenue North and Trevor Morgan, come on stage with them. Trevor Morgan’s song “Jesus Rides the Subway” is an awe-inspiring song about remembering to treat everyone like Jesus.


So Chattanooga, next time Third Day comes to town, let’s greet them with the sold-out audience they deserve.
Words by: Sarah Brehm
Pictures and Videos by: Sarah Brehm


Trevor Morgan
Tenth Avenue North
Third Day

Third Day "Lift Up Your Face"


Third Day "Make Your Move"