Switchfoot band members Drew Shirley, Jerome Fontamillas, Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman and Chad Butler
“In 2005, after traveling the world, we dreamed up an idea to give back to our hometown that supported us as surfers and musicians, to rally our great community and to invest in local kids who might need a hand up,” says Tim Foreman, member of Grammy-winning band Switchfoot. Now, the SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM event is an annual summer highlight for San Diego. A duo of iconic celebrations raise funds for six local youth nonprofits: first, a Benefit Party featuring an intimate performance by the band and special guests, dishes from the area’s top restaurants, and silent and live auctions (June 27, 6 to 10pm) at a private North County site; and second, a free Beach Fest highlighted by surf contests and live music (June 29, 7am to 5pm) at Encinitas’ Moonlight Beach. “We could have never imagined that BRO-AM would become what it has,” says Foreman. “It says a lot about the depth of our community, and to see us all coming together for a cause bigger than ourselves is such a beautiful thing.” VIP offerings include a meet-and-greet with the band at a Benefit Party preparty (groups of four or more from $2,500, contact [email protected] for information) with front-stage pit, or Skybox tickets (from $150) for Beach Fest.