Switchfoot hosts free music festival

By pcsanchez7505

There’s not much that can top a free music festival, except for when that festival is on the beach and benefits local charities. San Diego band Switchfoot hosts a day-long festival every summer on the beach for people to come and enjoy music while promoting the band’s charity that supports the community and children.

“We dreamed up an idea to give something back to our hometown, to rally our amazing community, and to invest in kids who might need a hand up,” the band wrote in their campaign for Bro-AM.

For the past 11 years the band has hosted the Bro-AM music and surf festival with special guest performers and a surf competition that brings in the likes of professional surfers such as Rob Machado. This year, Switchfoot will share the stage for the 12th annual Bro-AM music festival with American Authors, Parachute, Josh Garrels and Brynn Elliot. Bro-AM 2016 kicks off at 11 a.m. at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California on Saturday July 9 with bands performing until 5 p.m.

Switchfoot is an alternative music band from San Diego, California. The band formed in 1996 and has released 10 albums throughout the years. Lead singer Jon Foreman also has a solo discography, releasing a four-piece EP series last year. The band mixes in their strong faith with beautiful music that touches fans and reflects their good-hearted nature. Foreman and his bandmates create a communal concert experience where they use their music to envelope fans in a unique experience.

American Authors
Known best for their upbeat melodies and catchy lyrics, American Authors bring a smile to anyone in their presence. The “Believer” and “Best Day of My Life” musicians broke through the music charts. Their sophomore album “What We Live For” will be released July 1.

American pop band Parachute is a sweet and soft spoken band. Their acoustic sound and beautiful lyrics are best exemplified in songs such as “She is Love” and “Kiss Me Slowly.” Parachute’s fourth album was released March 11, 2016.

Josh Garrels
Indiana local Josh Garrels is a singer-songwriter, hip-hop, pop producer and orchestral folk composer who currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Like Switchfoot he too enjoys using his music for charity, and in March 2013, he raised $71,566 for the World Relief through album downloads.

Brynn Elliot
Brynn Elliot is a budding Atlanta native whose energetic persona mixes easily with his singer-songwriter soul. Elliot has toured with the likes of Alanis Morissette, Parachute and Allen Stone.

About Bro-AM 2016
Bro-AM 2016 begins with a surf competition at 7 a.m., and music starts at 11a.m. The festival is free, and there will be booths set up for food and information about Switchfoot’s charity. All proceeds go toward Bro-AM.

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