On March 3, Grammy award-winning rock group Switchfoot headlined The Fillmore Detroit, in Detroit, Michigan. The “Native Tongue” tour includes opener Tyson Motsenbocker, as well as direct support, Colony House.

Tyson Motsenbocker

Tyson, opening the night, regaled the crowd with some very funny stories and history of his involvement with Switchfoot. He aslo explained that the remainder of the show would be unlike any other.

Between sets, Tyson shared the collective band’s support of Food for the Hungry, and encouraged fans to donate onsite to support the charity organization, sharing some moving videos of their involvement.

Colony House

Tennessee natives Colony House acted as direct support playing through an 11 song set, which included some acoustic as well as cover songs. Colony House did a great job priming the crowd for headliner Switchfoot.


Switchfoot opened the evening with “Let It Happen” off their newest album, “Native Tongue”. What followed was a collection of songs pulled from their entire catalog, the crowd heard new music mixed with a greatest hits selection, which seemed to please everyone.

Interacting heavily with the crowd, one lucky audience member asked to join the band on stage to play bass for “Meant to Live”, and was welcomed with open arms.

A later point in their set, the entire group moved to the back of the hall and performed three acoustic songs while embedded in the crowd on what can be best described as a makeshift acoustic stage.

The entire set was audience driven and very engaging. This was definitely a show unlike most that I have attended, and is worth checking out!

Photos and review by Brad Goldring