Bro-Am.

Partially taken from the blog originally posted on We’re Awakening. Wow too many adverbs!

In a wave of surfer-speak, surfers, rock music and great friends, this year’s Switchfoot Bro-Am was a whirlwind of a day that passed way too quickly. I don’t think I could’ve changed this day in any way to make it much better than it already was. The whole event was a means of benefiting a local charity called Stand Up For Kids, which is now a brilliant global philanthropic organization working to help get homeless kids off the street and jump start their futures. The many other organizations who had pitched tents throughout Moonlight Beach were filled with great volunteers as well, all happy and eager to talk to the passersby. I think it’s awesome that so many people can come together for a day at the beach, while making a veritable difference for the world, at the same time.

Hands down the greatest highlight of the day for me was that I got to meet Tim Foreman. He’s just as chill as he appears in the podcasts, interviews and everywhere else. It was truly an honor to talk to him, and just walk up to him and say hello. Sorry if that seemed a little creepy at first, bro. Better yet, he thanked me and told me he checks the site all the time; a true honor, to say the least! But again, I’m telling you Tim, you’re the one to be thanked!

Another great highlight was the drunk dude next to us during the Switchfoot concert. While hailing down expletives and causing an overall ruckus, when the band came on and played, he just closed his eyes and quite literally flowed with the music. Though he was plastered like crazy and quite obnoxious, he loved the music and sang along to almost every word. He was definitely a happy drunk. It never ceases to surprise and amaze me that music can have such a unifying effect on people, that people of every tongue and creed, whether atheist or religious, whether rough-around-the-edges or polite, can sing along to the same song. Love it.

Switchfoot rocked the house as usual. It was an abbreviated setlist, but the boys definitely packed punch into it and sent the crowd of maybe 8,000 people home happy. In addition to those there at the Bro-Am on Saturday, the band have certainly helped impact the lives of so many other people who weren’t present that day, mainly the homeless kids who will one day be taken in and given a future thanks to Switchfoot’s willingness to extend kindness to many. Jon Foreman made it a point during the show to say that it’s time for we who have so much to start to spread it around to those who don’t have so much. Point taken, sir.

Setlist

Needle and Haystack Life
Mess of Me
Stars
Gone
The Sound
Sabotage (Beastie Boys Cover)
Meant to Live
Dare You to Move

After the final chord, a day full of surfing and surf jousting, was complete. Thanks to Bryant, Chris, Alex, Becca, Jana, and Brittney for hangin’ and being great! You guys made my day. Can’t wait until next year.

Picturage:

Complete set on Flickr.

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3 Responses to Bro-Am.

  1. Nicte says:

    Job, I am definitely in that first picture you have there of the crowd on the beach. I can’t believe we didn’t get to see each other!

  2. joberooni says:

    Yeah I realized that when I posted it! We were so close. I’m sad we didn’t meet up. Hope you had a great time though! 🙂

  3. Nicte says:

    I definitely had a blast 🙂
    Next year for sure! haha

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