We survived the long haul for the first show of a three show weekend. We left Atlanta at 7pm and arrived in Michigan around 10:30am. It was great to have a bus, despite the lengthy drive, because it is by far the preferred means of transportation for me and the rest of the crew. We were able to watch 3 of my favorite movies before heading to our arctic bunk area and drifting off to sleep at 70 miles per hour.
This was the fourth year Third Day has performed at Unity Festival which is set in a city park that runs right into Lake Muskegon, which is a small body of water that connects to the great Lake Michigan. This show has a history of being well attended, and this particular day was no exception. The weather was hot, and beautiful. We had a smooth day, loading in, line checking and sound checking.
The show felt like a triumphant return. The band was hitting on all cylinders, the lights were great, the sound was rocking, and the crowd was electric. Jason Hoard was back on strings, and the band had a few other tricks up their collective sleeve. They brought out Trevor Morgan, who is one of the members of Glory Revealed--which if you don’t know, is Mac’s worship side project. He also just finished work on a solo album which Mac produced at the Quarry. So Trevor joined in for “I’ve Always Loved You” and he even played his own song, “Jesus Rides the Subway”, with all the TD guys as his band. That is an extremely touching song, and I couldn’t agree more with its message. Another little treat was Dawn Michelle (lead singer of FireFlight) joined the guys for the female section of “Born Again”.
All in all it was a great start to this run of shows, there was a sense of freshness to it, even if we just had a couple of days off. Maybe I’m biased because Taylor sent Mac a new guitar, which always makes it feel like Christmas--even in the dog days of summer.