Switchfoot, Cincinnati, & Swedish Home Goods

July 03, 2014

You might not know it (although you probably do because I make zero attempts at hiding my obsessions!) but, Switchfoot is my favorite band, so when I found out they would be performing in Cincinnati this past April, I was pretty stoked. At the same time my best friend, Amber, who also likes Switchfoot, had just moved into her new house and was in need of new furniture. Luckily for us, there’s an IKEA about five miles from where the band was playing. It didn’t take long for us to organize a mini road trip.

 

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We left early Saturday morning and made our way down to southern Ohio. Five hours and a few Starbucks stops later, we arrived at IKEA. We shopped around, grabbed some lunch, and took silly selfies until it was time to head over to the show.

 

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After a couple of wrong turns and a stop at Staple to print our tickets, we finally made it to the venue! There was already a line started when we arrived, but we still managed to snag a decent spot where we proceeded to wait 30-40 minutes. More selfies ensued…

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Then it was time to head inside and weave our way through the crowd to get a good spot near the stage. The show was at The Underground, which actually turned out to be a really nice venue. It was small enough that no matter where you were you could easily see the stage, but it wasn’t so small that you felt crowded and claustrophobic. It was also really clean, and the volunteers were super friendly and pleasant. I promise I’m not being paid by this place, I was just really impressed.

 

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The opening act was a Swedish band called The Royal Concept. I had never heard of them before, but their show was so much fun! After the concert we listened to their EP on Spotify like a million times and now they’re one of my favorite bands.

 

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Then it was finally time for the main event! Switchfoot came out and opened with Say It Like You Mean It. It was pretty epic. They continued to play songs from their newest album, Fading West, in addition to a few from Hello Hurricane and Vice Verses (my personal favorite), and of course the crowd favorites Dare You to Move and Meant to Live.

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Switchfoot, Cincinnati, & Swedish Home Goods | allonsykimberly.com

At one point during When We Come Alive, Jon came out into the audience and scaled a support beam to get up to the balcony. It was quite impressive.

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After his climbing expedition, Jon came back through the audience and made his way to the stairs and his path just so happened to cross with the exact spot Amber and I were standing. We got to touch (and hold in Amber’s case) his hand and sing some of the song together! It was a great moment.

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After they left the stage the crowd started singing the opening to Hello Hurricane until the band came back out. They didn’t have a set ready for the song so they all gathered around one microphone and a cappella’d it. Then they finished with their usual encore song Where I Belong, which is my absolute favorite of theirs.

 

It was easily one of the best, most exciting, and invigorating nights of my life. Amber and I both had such a fantastic time. We still talk about this show and wish we could go back and live in that moment all the time.

 

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After resting up at my sister-in-law’s apartment in Cedarville, we headed back up to the 440. Amber bought so much large furniture that it invaded the front seats of her SUV and created a barrier between the two of us. For some reason, probably lack of sleep, we found this hilarious.

 

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Despite not having a great view of each other, we got a spectacular view of the sunrise on our way home. It was the prefect ending to a perfect trip with my best friend.




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