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Will Mormons (and Catholics and other Utahns) support biggest Christian-rock show in Utah history?


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In another interview before that May concert, Third Day frontman Mac Powell said the band doesn’t feel like it has to mention Jesus in every song. "It’s such as huge part of us as individuals," he said of his faith. "We tend not to compartmentalize our religion."

Third Day collaborates with secular acts such as The Blind Boys of Alabama and Needtobreathe, both of which contributed to its recent album "Move." One of the songs from "Move" was selected by ESPN to promote its college football coverage, while another was selected as the theme for the TV reality show "Sarah Palin’s Alaska."

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Bowersock, the independent promoter, is predicting a good turnout for the Roadshow. He offers a recommendation for music lovers: "The lines get long, so get there early."

Sing a new song

The Rock & Worship Roadshow features MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Tedaskii, Kutless, Family Force 5, Luminate, Adam Cappa, Rhett Walker Band and Tim Timmons.

When • Tonight at 7:30

Where • EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Admission • $10 at door; no tickets sold in advance

More • The idea for the Roadshow was dreamed up over several years, said MercyMe’s guitar player Michael John Scheuchzer. "A few years ago, we got nicked [by fans] at the ticket price," he said in a phone interview. "People told us they couldn’t bring all of their family. And we’re a family-friendly show." Since then, "it’s been the coolest thing to see families come." The idea of depending on people to show up without advance tickets, especially in the early days, was nerve-wracking. "You never know if snow will close the interstate," he said with a laugh.


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