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Tenth Avenue North band draws hundreds

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Sept. 26, 2010 at 4:26 a.m.
Updated Sept. 28, 2010 at 4:28 a.m.

Tenth Avenue North lead vocalist Mike Donehey addresses a full house of concertgoers about Compassion, a child sponsor charity the band supports. Dove Award-winning Christian rock band played at Parkway church Sunday night.

TENTH AVENUE NORTH FACTS:Tenth Avenue North is an American contemporary Christian band from West Palm Beach, Fla.

The band is made up of members Mike Donehey, on vocals; Jason Jamison, on drums; and Jeff Owen, on electric guitar.

The song "By Your Side" from their debut album "Over and Underneath" won Song of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards in 2008.

Their current album, "The Light Meets the Dark" was released in May of 2010.

The band is currently on its first headlining tour throughout the U.S., and is attempting to bring awareness to the international human trafficking crisis.

As the lights dimmed and Faith Family Church's worship band took the stage, hundreds of excited concert-goers stood up and began cheering and clapping in unison.

The band was one of three opening acts for the Dove Award-winning Christian band Tenth Avenue North, who stopped in Victoria on Sunday night to headline "The Light Meets the Dark Tour."

"We're big fans of Tenth Avenue North," Hailey Sanders, 16, said while standing in line to grab some pre-concert refreshments. "I've lost count of how many years I've liked them."

Sanders attended the concert at Parkway Baptist Church in Victoria with fellow St. Joseph High School classmates Meghann Hawes and Denise Egressy, who confessed they, too, were longtime Tenth Avenue North enthusiasts.

"We like Mike. He's cute," Egressy said of Tenth Avenue North front man Mike Donehey. "I've been following them about a year."

But the girls were just a few of the hundreds of energized fans Sunday night. Many were there to support the headlining band, while others were there simply to enjoy a night of Christian worship.

"I'm excited and ready to see a good Christian band," Kelsey Grammer, 16, said. "I haven't seen one since church camp three years ago."

Grammer said she's somewhat familiar with the band, but hopes to leave the concert a bit more fanatical.

And Geoffrey Graff attended the concert, not to see the headliner, but to support his brother, who was opening for Tenth Avenue North.

"I'm here to support my brother Mike Graff. He plays with the Faith Family worship band," Graff, 16, said. "But I like Tenth Avenue North. I think it's awesome they came to Victoria, and I feel lucky to have them here."

Tenth Avenue's "The Light Meets the Dark Tour" brought out people of every age Sunday night, and Parkway Church Pastor Mike Hurt said he was pleased the concert could unite the local church community.

"The cool thing about this show is not so much about the band, but how the local churches came together to support each other," Hurt said.

Tenth Avenue took the stage at 9 p.m. and was preceded by special guests Addison Road and Matt Maher. The concert was sponsored by Victoria-based Man 2 Man Ministries.

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