Article and Photos by: Michael Flores
Fort Lauderdale, FL – On a beautiful Sunday evening in Fort Lauderdale, fans of all ages were lined up outside of the city’s most popular music venue, Revolution Live, eagerly waiting for the doors to open. Fans who purchased a VIP package were able to get early entry to The Native Tongue Tour. The combination of devoted fans along with a spectacular performance by Switchfoot and their supporting artists made this concert an unforgettable experience.
The evening kicked off with an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, named Tyson Motsenbocker, who is working on new material for an upcoming album. His songs were very relaxing and a soothing way to start the night.
Up next, with a complete change of pace, was American indie rock quartet Colony House. The high energy band helped set the stage for the night’s headliner. The band is composed of brothers Caleb (vocals) and Will Chapman (drums), along with Scott Mills (guitarist) and Parke Cottrell (bassist). A particular standout from the set was “Moving Forward”.
Shortly after Colony House’s set, Tyson returned to the stage to talk about an important cause that they all believe in. Spreading the message of Hope and Love, with the hope of putting in action. The Native Tounge tour partnered with Food For The Hungry. Visit https://www.fh.org/
Fans traveled from around the state following Switchfoot on their Native Tongue tour. There was a group of devoted fans lined up front and center of the stage, one of which who had been to over 101 Switchfoot shows. It was impressive to see such a strong fan base.
When it was time for Switchfoot to take the stage, fans were already pumped. In their excitement, the crowd were dancing and singing along to their songs from the onset. It really wasn’t until they played “Meant to Live” that the crowd really went wild. This song that set the tone for the rest of their set. Fans were screaming from all the excitement. Midway through their set, lead singer Jon Foreman crossed the barricade to give the crowd a very unique concert experience. He high-fived fans as he performed and was hugged by many as he did. He was even able to crowd-surf back to the stage. He made his way up to the bar and climbed up the second level, which was quite impressive. This was a general admission show, and the fans definitely got their money’s worth, regardless of their spot in the crowd. Towards the end of their set, Switchfoot uncovered a disco ball and even turned on a bubble machine.
Switchfoot are known to stray away from their setlists, meaning that every show is different. They even played a fan favorite request as part of their encore performance. This was my first time seeing Switchfoot live and was impressed by their performance. Switchfoot will continue their spring tour until mid-April, so I definitely recommend for you to go check them out while you can.