Troy University SGA to present benefit concert featuring Switchfoot

Posted: Thursday, 13 March 2008

TROY, Ala. – Troy University’s Student Government Association (SGA) is hoping that an upcoming concert featuring the band Switchfoot will provide the surrounding community with a howling good time and at the same time benefit the Pike Animal Shelter.

One dollar from each ticket sold for the April 18 concert will go to the Shelter, an initiative of the Troy Animal Shelter Coalition and the citizens of Pike County. The Coalition’s goal is to provide a quality, accessible animal shelter that serves as the pillar for all animal welfare efforts and adds to the quality of life of the community.

TROY SGA President Andrea Roberts said the organization is working with OuterLight Concerts to present the concert.

“The SGA decided to present this concert in an effort to reach out to the community and draw people in to the university. We have worked all year to foster community-university relations, and feel this event will serve as a means of building stronger relations between the two,” Roberts said. “The Pike Animal Shelter is a phenomenal choice for the organization to benefit from this concert. The SGA and many university students have actively participated in helping further this cause. This is one more opportunity for students to show their passion for this project and their service-oriented attitudes.”

Roberts said the band Switchfoot has wide appeal. “This concert is highly appealing to college students, high school students, families and adults. You name it, they’re going to be a fan,” she said. “Switchfoot creates such a friendly atmosphere and that’s exactly what we want -- a concert that anyone, young or old, can enjoy.”

Founded in 1996 by brothers Jon and Tim Foreman, Switchfoot takes its name from a surfing term meaning to shift your feet on the board to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. The band released three independent albums before signing with Columbia Records to release “The Beautiful Letdown” in 2003. The album sold more than 2 million copies and produced two top 10 singles in “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move.” In 2007, Switchfoot released “Nothing is Sound,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. There latest album release is “Oh! Gravity.”

The band Athlete will open the concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $23 for the floor standing section, $20 for general admission seating, $17 per ticket for groups of 10 or more and $15 for TROY students with a valid student ID. Tickets are available in Troy at the Trojan Center Box Office and Village Coffee, at Family Bookstore and Lifeway Bookstore in Montgomery and Dothan and at Dove Christian Supply in Dothan and Enterprise. Tickets are also available online at www.outlightconcerts.com/sf or www.itickets.com.