Print_Switchfoot Concert_0714 Spring Arbor University welcomes Switchfoot and Gungor in concert on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., in the fieldhouse on Spring Arbor University’s campus. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for SAU students (one ticket per student – must present student ID – only available for purchase on main campus), $25 for advance general admission tickets, and $35 at the door. Visit itickets.com or the SAU Campus Store to purchase tickets.
“We are excited to be hosting Switchfoot along with Gungor on our campus this fall. Switchfoot’s music and live performance are second to none and Gungor’s unique sound and fresh take on worship should make for an unforgettable night of music,” says Bobby Pratt, assistant dean of students.
Brothers Jonathan and Tim Foreman formed Switchfoot in 1996. The following year, they added drummer, Chad Butler, and recorded their debut LP, “The Legend of Chin.” They followed up with “New Way to Be Human” in 1999, and the title track earned Switchfoot the 1999 Dove Award for Song of the Year.
In 2000, they added Jerome Fontamillas on keyboard and released a more mainstream modern rock album, “Learning to Breathe,” which sold more than 500,000 copies. “The Beautiful Letdown” followed in 2003. It went double platinum with hits, “Dare You to Move” and “Meant to Live” hitting the top spot on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and number 16 on the Top 200.
In September 2005 Switchfoot returned with their fifth album, “Nothing Is Sound,” their first Top Ten hit on the Top 200 (debuting at number three); the album went gold. It sparked another radio hit in “Stars,” and was the first Switchfoot recording to include the work of additional guitarist Andrew Shirley, who had been a touring member of Switchfoot since 2003.
Switchfoot went on to record the Grammy Award-winning album “Hello Hurricane” in 2009. Self-financed, the record was released on the Switchfoot label, lowercase people records. In 2011, Switchfoot released “Vice Verses,” which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. Switchfoot’s most recent work includes a documentary film and accompanying album, “Fading West.” For more information on Switchfoot, visit switchfoot.com.
Gungor features husband and wife pair, Michael and Lisa Gungor, who perform baroque pop, folk and experimental rock-influenced collective. As a pastor’s son, Michael started performing during worship services at a young age before formally studying jazz in college. He then started the Michael Gungor Band and released albums, “Bigger Than My Imagination” and “Ancient Skies,” before shortening the band’s name to Gungor.
In 2010, Gungor released “Beautiful Things.” “The Intricate Ghosts Upon the Earth” was released the following year and helped Gungor receive two Grammy nominations. The group’s most recent album, “I Am Mountain” was released in 2013. For more information on Gungor, visit gungormusic.com.
For more information on the event, call 517.750.6330.