Live Nation and Hollywood Habitat for Humanity, an entertainment industry partnership with Habitat for Humanity, have joined forces to launch the Music Builds tour....

Live Nation and Hollywood Habitat for Humanity, an entertainment industry partnership with Habitat for Humanity, have joined forces to launch the Music Builds tour. Featuring the Grammy award-winning band Third Day, multi-platinum rockers Switchfoot, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and fellow Grammy award-winners Jars of Clay, the Music Builds tour will benefit local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity in the tour cities through a multi-platform program run by Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity and Live Nation, in conjunction with the artists.

The extensive U.S. tour of amphitheaters and select arenas kicks off Aug. 21 in Detroit, MI and concludes in Denver, CO on Oct. 12. Exclusive content and promotions for the tour will be available via MySpace’s Impact Channel, the site’s platform for social and civic events.

Pre-sale tickets for the tour will be available beginning May 9 through the bands’ fan clubs.

The internet pre-sale begins May 14 with tickets going on sale to the general public on May 16. Tickets will be available through Live Nation. Habitat for Humanity affiliates located in tour cities will be the beneficiaries of a portion of the funds raised during the tour.

Additional performers are to be announced shortly for the side stage which will feature many of today’s most promising up-and-coming artists.

“We couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity to play on the same bill with bands we respect, and to help an organization whose work we respect,” says Third Day bassist Tai Anderson in a statement. “The only message we have for our fans is this: Get ready.” Adds Jon Foreman, lead vocalist for Switchfoot: “We have all worked with Habitat for Humanity before, and when approached about touring together, to benefit such a great cause, it was easy to say yes. We all want to be a part of something that makes a difference. Through Habitat this tour will help build houses for many deserving families – that’s something we can all rally around.”

Artists on the tour will collectively donate $1 to Habitat for Humanity for each ticket sold during the tour. In addition, funds raised through ticket auctions, special merchandise items and event packages will be designated for Habitat for Humanity in each tour city. The bands also plan to pick up hammers and lend a hand at various Habitat for Humanity build sites along the tour and to invite some current and future homeowners to attend the show as their guests.

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Music Builds tour dates:

8/21 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/22 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
8/23 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
9/7 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
9/11 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
9/12 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
9/13 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
9/14 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
9/18 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham
9/19 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
9/20 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
9/21 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
9/25 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
9/26 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless
9/27 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
9/28 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/2 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
10/3 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/4 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
10/5 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
10/10 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
10/11 Kansas City, KS Sprint Center
10/12 Denver, CO Pepsi Center