Chill vibes and good spirits surfed into town Saturday night as Switchfoot and Relient K hit The Ritz in Raleigh, NC. Opening act Relient K has been a chameleon of sorts, switching genres from the spiritual Christian rock to the secular alternative rock. Hailing from Canton, Ohio, the band are the type of act you would be more likely to see perform on the punk heavy Vans Warped Tour than choir practice. Classifications aside, attendees seemed content with the presence they brought to the stage. Most of them sung along to their song “Mrs. Hippopotamuses”, which is a tribute song that pays homage to the Cleveland Browns and their home state. Featuring a very unique set, Relient K fans loved every second of it and it was a great opportunity for the band to expose themselves to those unfamiliar with them and continue to develop their fan base.
Headliners Switchfoot finished the night out with a stellar performance. Having first reached mainstream success in the early 00’s when several of their songs were featured in the Nicholas Sparks film “A Walk To Remember”, the show was nostalgic for locals as the movie was shot on location here and served as introduction to the band. Lead singer Jon Foreman was energetic as he made his way through the crowd serenading the crowd and was completely in the zone sharing hugs, high fives, and taking selfies. Foreman ended up climbing to the second floor with the help of the event staff and went to different parts of the venue, then was lifted to the front of the main stage and crowd surfed all the way to the back to the stage. From falling confetti to floating bubbles, there was never a dull moment with so much energy and purpose injected into the performance. Backed by a powerful message within songs the that inspired a room full of people, this stop of The Looking for America tour was one of the best experiences of my life and solidified that Switchfoot are not just great artists, they are a mission of inspiration.
The Looking for America tour continues through December. For remaining dates and info on Switchfoot, please visit http://www.googoodolls.com/?frontpage=true . For more info on Relient K, please visit http://www.relientk.com/.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Andrea Ponce is a 2016 Business Administration graduate from William Peace University. With a passion for all things marketing, you can find this foodie at your local coffee shop or Raleigh’s next concert brainstorming her next idea.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Lamarr Fowlkes is a Raleigh based contributing writer for Triangle Arts and Entertainment and Promotions Assistant at LiveNation Entertainment. A former UNC Tar Heel and UNC Asheville Bulldog, descendant of Welsh and Nigerian ancestry, and noted hockey enthusiast, Lamarr will continue to provide art and entertainment coverage for the Triangle area whilst simultaneously expanding his reach to the remainder of the Carolinas. To read more of Lamarr’s posts for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/lamarr-fowlkes