After a 9 month hiatus, Switchfoot hit the road for their Native Tongue Tour on February 14th for a sold out show in Asheville, North Carolina. By February 27th, fans in the Pittsburgh area were lucky enough to have the band grace the stage of the historic Carnegie Library Music Hall for a truly epic performance.
Even the openers on this tour are fantastic. Funny man, Tyson Motsenbocker, had audience members in tears from laughing so hard between the melodic songs he’s known for. Shortly after, Colony House took the stage. The venue is a theater with seats, so fans often find themselves unsure of whether they can stand or not. With fans already dancing in their seats and singing along, Colony House front man, Caleb Chapman, encouraged everyone to get onto their feet and to be a part of the party. It was a fantastic way to prepare the crowd for the incredible show Switchfoot had in store.
After Colony House’s set, fans watched a short video about the positive work Food For The Hungry (the organization on the road with the tour) is doing.
It wasn’t long before the lights went down and fans began to cheer. Blue lights filled the stage as the band walked out and took position and immediately went into “Let It Happen” before transitioning into an old hit, “Meant To Live.”
Everyone danced and cheered as front man, Jon Foreman, stepped into the audience. He took the hands of fans to help support him as he stepped over the rows of wooden seats and stood on the arm rails, never missing a single lyric. Grabbing hats from audience members and high-fiving everyone who raised their hand to him, Jon belted out the words to the songs off of their newest album, Native Tongue, with the biggest smile on his face.
After engaging with nearly every audience member, the band closed their set with their well known 2004 hit single “Dare You To Move.” Fans cheered, clapped, and yelled for an encore before the band headed back onto the stage to sing everyone’s new favorite, “Native Tongue.” The band later called members of the opening bands out onto the stage to sing “Lean On Me,” the famous Bill Withers song, together.
This was a truly an intimate and raw performance from the band. Although their light show was larger than life and there was an amazing excitement to the entire set, the band chose to hold many of the shows on this tour at historic theater venues. Taking full advantage of the great acoustics, both Switchfoot and opener, Colony House, set aside time during their sets to give us a taste of their fantastic acoustic and harmonizing abilities.
The tour runs through April 13th, 2019. Find the nearest show and grab yourself a ticket. You won’t be disappointed!
GALLERY BELOW SETLIST
- Let It Happen
- Meant to Live
- Hello Hurricane
- Live It Well
- I Won’t Let You Go
- Take My Fire
- If the House Burns Down Tonight
- Love Alone Is Worth The Fight
- On Fire
- The Shadow Proves The Sunshine
- All I Need
- Dark Horses
- Prodigal Soul
- Dare You To Move
- Native Tongue
- Lean On Me (Bill Withers cover)
- Hope Is The Anthem
- Where I Belong