Creation 2011: Day 2 Explodes With Toby Mac, Tenth Avenue North, Red And More

Toby Mac closed out an epic day and night of music at Creation 2011 in Enumclaw, Washington. Photo: JB Brookman

Mike Donhey of Tenth Avenue North, bringing the worship at Creation. Photo: JB Brookman

Day 2 of Creation Fest 2011 in Enumclaw, Washington was a whirlwind.  Bands from all over the music map, were on display, “IN TRIBUTE TO OUR CREATOR.”  You could catch Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, Metal, Grunge, Punk and even some Rap if you walked the grounds and enjoyed the worshipful vibe.

New friendships were being formed, all over the festival as participants enjoyed the array of speakers, music, activities and food.  A massive camp site allowed large groups of people to stay in the shadows of stunning Mt. Rainier and fully embrace the experience that is unique to Creation.

The music from the Fringe Stage was in your face and real, all day.  Featuring Hawk Nelson, Manafest, Hyland and the gut-thumping I Am Empire- all of the music was based on bringing honor and glory to God.  The youth at the festival responded in mass to the punk and metal sensibilities of these bands and were moved by the message.  Hands and fists were in the air, all day- as the metal baracades, up-front, were shaking back and forth as the kids leaped and danced.

By the time the Main Stage was ready to flow into the night, the fans were treated to one more pounding with the hard rock anthems of RED.  They were a perfect introduction to the speakers of the night and the excitement kept building, until the two headliners graced the front.

There’s not much you can say, negatively, about Tenth Avenue North.  They let you know why they are there- NOT to embrace their own celebrity, but, to focus on the God that they are singing about.  Their music continues to garner more and more radio airplay as they rise in stature.  But, frontman Mike Donehey is quick to remind you that they are all about worship.  Their set was a perfect entrance into the true spirit of the festival and a nice leadup to Toby Mac.

Toby Mac hit the crowd running- with an array of hits- and some trademark, choreographed dance moves that he and his entourage brought with them.  His band was at the top of their game as they laid down the funk, hip hop and R and B influenced grooves that TMac is known for.  The Jesus Freak was in playful form, having fun with his backup singers, rappers and dancers.  An epic day of music was topped off with communion, after the show.  More coverage to come…

Toby Mac brought his massive stage show to Creation 2011. Photo: JB Brookman

Red, bringing the heat, near Seattle. Photo: JB Brookman

Hawk Nelson, headlining the Fringe Stage at Creation Northwest. Photo: JB Brookman

Tenth Avenue North gets the Northwest crowd pumped up in worship. Photo: JB Brookman

Toby Mac, being a Jesus Freak, near Seattle. Photo: JB Brookman

Possibly the most epic performance of the day... by I Am Empire. Photo: JB Brookman

Participants in the worship of Creation 2011, rocking the Fringe Stage. Photo: JB Brookman

Red at Creation Fest 2011. Photo: JB Brookman

"You are more than the choices that you make..." Tenth Avenue North. Photo: JB Brookman

Toby Mac, having fun with the massive Creation Fest crowd. Photo: JB Brookman

Part of Toby Mac's crew at Creation. Photo: JB Brookman

Guitarist Jeff Owen of Tenth Avenue North. Photo: JB Brookman

Manafest rocks the Fringe Stage. Photo: JB Brookman

Hyland. Fringe Stage. Seattle, Washington. Creation. Photo: JB Brookman

Fringe Stage participant. Photo: JB Brookman

Tenth Avenue North. Photo: JB Brookman

Toby Mac at Creation 2011. Photo: JB Brookman

Jason from Hawk Nelson, in our face. Photo: JB Brookman

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3 Comments

  1. Matt Van Someren says:

    I was at Creation Fest NW 2011… It was AWESOME!! I had always wanted to see Toby Mac, Tenth Avenue North, Switchfoot, Skillet, ect…( pretty much every band that was there!) I had seen Thousand Foot Krutch and a couple other bands before but it was great to see them again. Got to see the Newsboys at Creation for the second time and then a month later on August 16th, 2011 at the Kalispell Montana Fair. I was right up front next to the stage. Being that close to Michael Tait, Jody Daivis, Jeff Frankinstein, and i think the coolest… Duncan Phillips( i am a drummer so that is why 🙂 Creation was an epic experience and if you have a chance to go…go.It is an awesome trip to go on to see alll the famous bands you have always wanted to see, talk to the famous bands and meet the singers, hangout with friends and most importantly, to spend time and get closer to God while being on thid trip. Can’t wait to go to Creation Fest NW 2012 this year!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. admin says:

    That is awesome! Yes, we covered Creation Fest in 2010 and 2011. This year, we were covering a festival in Montana (Kutless, Jars of Clay, Jeremy Camp, Satellite Heights) and were not able to get over to Seattle. Creation is such an amazing experience! We are so glad to hear about all of your wonderful experiences. Be sure to let us know how this year was! -HIM

  3. admin says:

    Awesome to hear, Matt! Agreed- it was amazing!

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