Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman has announced 25 solo shows in San Diego. There's an interesting twist to this series of live performances. They're all happening on the same day. To coincide with a series of newly released EPs titled The Wonderlands, which feature a total of 25 songs, Foreman will play 25 unconventional shows across San Diego county within a 24-hour span. Foreman says in a phone interview that the idea came from after-show sets he'd perform while touring with Switchfoot.
"This whole project for me was born from after-shows," he says. "Switchfoot would finish a set, and I'd still have music in me. So I'd play in an alley behind the venue, or in a coffee shop."
Some of the shows will happen in conventional venues, like the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Most will be in unusual places, like a Mexican restaurant, where a Mariachi band will join Foreman. There will be a handful of ticketed events, with proceeds going to the Bro Am Foundation, which benefits music education programs.
Not every show will be easy to attend.
"It's kind of a cross between a concert and a flash mob," he says. "Each set will be unique. I'm playing at a wedding. There's also a show that will take place in a taxi cab. I don't know how many people will be able to fit in there."
Foreman will announce the locations of the performances via Twitter. Even though the guerilla nature of the shows seems spontaneous, it took a lot of planning.
"You know that Dolly Parton quote, 'It takes a lot of money to look this cheap'?" he asks. "Well, it takes a lot of planning to embrace this level of chaos."
Jon Foreman's 25 Shows in 24 Hours will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 24.