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For further information, contact: Karen J. LaFlamme, (253) 841-5024; or cell (253) 691-2005
Switchfoot Brings Christian Alternative Rock to the Puyallup Fair Sept. 13th
Tickets go on sale on Saturday, April 29 at 11 am at Ticketmaster
Puyallup, WA, April 21, 2006 – With their latest CD, Nothing Is Sound, recently earning a gold certification within a month of its release, Switchfoot continues to take the alternative rock and Christian music world by storm. Hits like “Stars” – a Top 40 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart – and “One Tonight” – chosen by American Idol as their promotional spot anthem to usher in their new season – have launched this group of five talented Dove Award-winning musicians into superstardom.
Switchfoot is slated to perform on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Puyallup Fair’s 2006 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers on Saturday, April 29 at 11 am. Ticket prices are $15 reserved infield plus Fair admission; and free grandstand seating plus Fair admission. Free grandstand is based on first come, first seated, and no tickets are issued.
The group was formed in their hometown of San Diego, California in the mid 1990s. Singer / guitarist Jonathan Foreman and his bassist brother Tim Foreman brought in drummer Chad Butler to record their debut LP, 1997’s The Legend of Chin. Two short years later the band garnered a Dove Award for Song of the Year with the title track from their sophomore CD release New Way to Be Human. Keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas joined the group for 2000’s Learning to Breathe, which proved to be a transition album for the group, bringing their sound closer to mainstream modern rock. The album was certified gold and four of the songs were included in the 2002 movie, A Walk to Remember.
Beautiful Letdown, their Columbia/RED debut released in 2003, presented an accessible, mainstream sound, thanks to the smash hits, “Dare You to Move” and “Meant to Live.” The album hit number one on Billboard’s Christian Album chart, and #16 on Billboard’s Top 200 (all genres). In September 2005, Switchfoot’s fifth album, Nothing Is Sound was released. The gold CD includes the work of additional guitarist Andrew Shirley, formerly of the contemporary Christian group, All Together Separate.
With eight Dove Awards to their name (most recently the “Short Form Music Video of the Year” for “Stars” in 2006) as well as American Christian Awards, Switchfoot continues to carry on their Christian message through the alternative rock genre.
Switchfoot’s name was aptly taken from a surfing term – a sport each band member enjoyed growing up. It means to switch your feet to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It is about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.
For additional information, visit the band’s official website: www.switchfoot.com.
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, including Fred Meyer, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music and other independent locations. Tickets may also be purchased via phone with American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit cards by calling Ticketmaster at (253) 627-TIXS in Tacoma, or (206) 628-0888 in Seattle, or via the Internet by logging onto Ticketmaster’s website at www.ticketmaster.com. To save the convenience charge, purchase tickets in person at the Ticketmaster Ticket Center at the Fairgrounds.
The Puyallup Fair first started in 1900. This Pacific Northwest tradition features top name entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers, and animals. For further information about the Sept. 8-24, 2006 Puyallup Fair, visit our website at www.thefair.com or call the 24-hour hotline at (253) 841-5045.
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