Profile: Mystic Rhythms – Rush Tribute Band

More than two years have passed since Rush performed the final show of the R40 tour. While it’s generally believed that Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart graced the stage together for the last time on August 1, 2015 at the Forum it’s widely hoped that despite their age and decades of touring a bit remains in the tank and eventually the three return to the studio for another album and at the very least an abbreviated tour to follow. Regardless, the absence of Rush on the lighted stage leaves their fans with fond memories, a vast catalogue of … Continue reading Profile: Mystic Rhythms – Rush Tribute Band

Concert Review: Switchfoot Looks for America and Finds Hope in Portland

It’s certainly atypical to begin a concert review with a request but so be it. Switchfoot, you guys have outgrown the Crystal Ballroom. Please consider the Keller Auditorium or Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on the next tour through Portland, OR. You’ll have a professional stage, we’ll have chairs and unobstructed views, and you’ll still blow the lid off the place. Now, on to the show. Indeed, Switchfoot played to an immense sold-out crowd on Thursday at the ballroom with the bouncing floor finally bringing their Looking for America tour to the Pacific Northwest. They’ve been on the road for months … Continue reading Concert Review: Switchfoot Looks for America and Finds Hope in Portland

Concert Review: The Pink Party with Switchfoot

Switchfoot took a side trip on their current tour schedule and delivered an inspired performance in front of about 500 people who attended the second annual Pink Party in Portland, OR on Friday at the Left Bank Annex in support of Breast Friends, a non-profit cancer support organization. The band’s last visit to Portland came in April on Easter Sunday to a sold-out Crystal Ballroom for the first leg of their Fading West tour. That show featured a stepped-up stage production and fans received perhaps the band’s most dominant concert of their career. Friday’s fund-raising show for breast cancer, as … Continue reading Concert Review: The Pink Party with Switchfoot

Concert Review: Switchfoot Brings The Rock to Portland on Easter Sunday

Switchfoot brought an arena style rock concert to a boisterous sold-out show at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland on Sunday for their Fading West tour. Lasers, immense stage lighting and rear stage video screens added an element to the performance the band had yet to incorporate into their live show. The efforts along with the usual solid playing fans have come to expect from the San Diego-based quintuplet proved to be Switchfoot’s best ever concert. The evening started with the aggressive “Say It Like You Mean It” from the band’s latest album which was followed by the equally bombastic “Stars.” The … Continue reading Concert Review: Switchfoot Brings The Rock to Portland on Easter Sunday

Concert Review: Switchfoot Brings Hope to Those Who Listen

Switchfoot never really does anything by the book. In 2007, the San Diego-based rockers cut ties with their major label, built their own studio and began recording on their own. The members claim to be Christian but Switchfoot is not a “Christian” band. Their songs offer substance and complexity your local pop radio would never air. It should be no surprise then on their current Fading West tour that the band’s opening act is their own documentary movie which they showcased on Saturday of all places at Bauman Auditorium at George Fox University in Newberg, OR – 25 miles from … Continue reading Concert Review: Switchfoot Brings Hope to Those Who Listen

Concert Review: Switchfoot Grows Up

Switchfoot is no longer your tweenager’s band. The San Diego based five-some played to a packed house at the claustrophobic and suffocating Crystal Ballroom on Thursday in Portland. Previous gigs were dominated by doe-eyed 13-, 14- and 15-year olds but not anymore. Yes, the band still carries some weight with the younger crowd but Switchfoot now has a loyal following among those in their 20s, 30s and even 40s. Many fans have indeed grown up with the band and based on Thursday’s performance Switchfoot has grown up too. The band blazed through a 14-song set balanced with an array of … Continue reading Concert Review: Switchfoot Grows Up