A May 20 performance by the alternative rock band Switchfoot will be the first concert in North Central College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center. The band Bottle of Justus will open.
The Switchfoot performance will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St., Naperville. Tickets are $30; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
San Diego natives Jon Foreman and his brother Tim founded the band with friends in 1996. The group of high school classmates formed at a time where the indie rock scene in San Diego started to flourish, with Rocket from the Crypt and Drive Like Jehu garnering national attention.
After developing a thriving local fan base, Switchfoot began seeing mainstream recognition in 2002 with the hits “Only Hope” and “Dare You to Move,” bringing the band future success with a major record deal and the double platinum album “Beautiful Letdown.”
Switchfoot went on to record the Grammy Award-winning album “Hello Hurricane,” symbolizing a rebirth of sorts—the band self-financed the building of its own studio and the recording of the album. The record was released on the Switchfoot label, lowercase people records, in 2009.
The most recent release from 2011, “Vice Verses,” works to expand the sonic palette by experimenting with a variety of sounds from groove-oriented rhythms to hip hop backbeats. The album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.
North Central College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center opened in 2009 and is a LEED-certified, environmentally innovative four-story building that features student housing wrapped around a recreation and fitness center. The centerpiece is a 60,000-square-foot arena that is home to the College’s nine-time national championship-winning indoor track and field program. The facility has hosted major events including expositions, summer camps and the College’s Commencement ceremonies.
The College’s venues include Wentz Concert Hall and Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center and Pfeiffer Hall, which have hosted world-class performers. The popular band Lifehouse performed in the College’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in summer 2009.
USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).