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The Casbah’s 25th anniversary, celebrated throughout the month of January, featured some of San Diego’s best bands from years gone by, playing the way we remember them: a little too fast, a little too sloppy, a little too loud. Which is why Switchfoot was a perfect fit for the Casbah’s February schedule.

The North County five-piece, originally slated for a January date, had to postpone due to a surfing injury sustained by singer Jon Foreman. But given its impeccable delivery, perfect acoustics (provided in part by a second sound board set up in the back of the room) and polished stage presence, the band would have stood out playing alongside other local acts whose one-off shows weren’t so much concerts as reunions among friends.

Switchfoot’s small-venue days may be a distant memory, but the band still looked fully comfortable at the Casbah, with Foreman using not only every square inch of the stage, but also taking his mic onto the jam-packed floor to sing with fans who have followed the band since its days as a trio. By the time the group’s arena-sized set had concluded, Switchfoot had shown that, no matter how much you grow up, you really can go home again.

  • Concert: Switchfoot
  • Seats: In the back
  • Date: February 3
  • Venue: Casbah
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