POSTED: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:06am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:29am
LONGVIEW, Texas– —
LeTourneau University is hosting Christian music bands Switchfoot and Anberlin in concert Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., at the S.E. Belcher, Jr. Chapel and Performance Center on the university’s main campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Avenue in Longview.
Tickets are available online at www.BelcherCenter.com  or for ticket information, contact the Belcher Center at (903) 233-3080.
Founded in 1996 as an American rock band from San Diego, Calif,. Switchfoot had early successes in the Christian rock scene, gaining mainstream recognition with the inclusion of four of their songs in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember, starring Mandy Moore. Their seventh studio album, Hello Hurricane received a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Rock Gospel Album.
The name “Switchfoot” is a surfing term. The band loves to surf and has been surfing all their lives so to them the name made sense. Switchfoot means to switch your feet and take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It’s about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.
The band founded the Switchfoot Bro-Am Surf Contest, an annual benefit contest and concert to raise money for various organizations serving homeless kids. In 2008, Switchfoot also got involved in the musical movement to spread awareness about 21st century slavery and human trafficking.
Of Switchfoot’s first three albums, Learning to Breathe was the most successful, being certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album.
Anberlin is an American rock band formed in Winter Haven, Fla. in 2002. In 2005, the band released its second album, Never Take Friendship Personal, selling in excess of 150,000 copies. The band’s first album on their new major label was released in 2008, titled New Surrender. The album peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university with students from nearly all 50 states and about 25 nations. Routinely ranked in the top tier of colleges by U.S. News and World Report, LETU is known for its excellent engineering and aviation programs, as well as academic programs that prepare students for success in business, education, kinesiology, psychology, health care, the humanities and sciences. LETU’s main campus is located in Longview, Texas, but undergraduate and graduate programs are offered online and at educational centers in Austin, Bedford, Dallas, Houston, and Tyler.
Information from LeTourneau University