The BRO-AM Bands: The Howls, The Romany Rye, The Silent Comedy, Etc.

As announced in Switchfoot BRO-AM Will Include The Howls, The Romany Rye, The Silent Comedy, Jon Foreman & Friends, The Howls, The Romany Rye, The Silent Comedy and Jon Foreman & Friends will perform at the seventh annual Switchfoot BRO-AM Presented By Hurley on Saturday, June 18th, at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA. Here is more information on the bands and sponsors.
San Diego’s The Howls have only been around for a few years, but their reputation already precedes them — The Howls’ sound is reminiscent of those timeless early Wilco and Ryan Adams albums, with some boozy old-school Stones thrown in for good measure. Over the last few months The Howls have shared the stage with Telekinesis, Portugal, The Man, Union Line, Fitz and the Tantrums, Love Language and many others.
In 1996, brothers Jeremiah and Joshua Zimmerman’s preacher father launched the family on a worldwide adventure that afforded the boys innumerable performance opportunities — from playing folk instruments in the Himalayan foothills to drawing crowds around pianos at Spanish shopping malls. Ten years later, they formed The Silent Comedy — a solid quintet that turns heads with their wild live shows and genre-bending sound. The resulting buzz from sold-out pressings of two records, and sold-out shows around California, have resulted in the band sharing the bill with such diverse performers as Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys and MGMT.
Raised in the rustic mountain community of Big Bear, California, located outside Los Angeles, Luke MacMaster grew up listening to his dad’s vinyl record collection and soon began crafting his own songs. From its vintage looking album art and organic instrumentation, to its deeply personal ruminations on life, love and despair, Highway 1, Looking Back Carefully recalls the L.A. songwriters of the 60s and 70s who first fused the intimacy of folk music with the vibrancy of rock and roll — and then blows through that intersection to blaze its own path. “MacMaster is a classic songwriter, at heart, writing songs that are rumblers, toned by the rainy days and a weepy, but hardly withered soul,” says
Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer JOHN RZEZNIK has become one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music history, selling more than 10 million albums since 1986 with his band, GOO GOO DOLLS. The Grammy-nominated, multi-format chart toppers have enjoyed a string of hits that have earned the band the all-time airplay record for “The Most Top 10 Hit Singles in History,” according to Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Adult Top 40 chart. As a composer, Rzeznik has penned hundreds of songs including an unprecedented string of 14 consecutive Number One and Top Ten multi-format hit singles. Rzeznik has recently been named the recipient of the Hal David Starlight Songwriter Award. Past recipients of the prestigious award include: Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, John Mayer and John Legend. The Goos are currently touring the world in support of their current album, Something for the Rest of Us.
The mission of StandUp For Kids is to end the cycle of youth homelessness. The organization’s volunteers go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives by providing and connecting them with lifesaving services. StandUp For Kids has been recognized by both the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations and the U.S. Justice Department for the impact and scope of its programs. Charity Navigator recently recognized StandUp For Kids as one of the most efficient and effective nonprofits in the United States. To find out more, visit
“Hurley is a company based on inclusion,” says chairman and founder Bob Hurley. This philosophy applied to Bob Hurley’s early years as a Huntington Beach shaper, working with friends alongside the world’s best athletes to make a better surfboard. It applied to the company’s launch in 1999, when Hurley decided to start a brand that was a true microphone for youth. In 2002, Hurley was acquired by Nike — the largest and most influential sporting brand in the world. Inclusion remains a guiding principle of the company today, where innovative products like Phantom Boardshorts and game-changing events like the US Open of Surfing continue to redefine what is possible in our world. Hurley headquarters are in Costa Mesa, CA with international offices in Sydney, Tokyo, Barcelona and Bali. For more information, visit
Ultimate Ears makes listening devices that let people enjoy music the way it was meant to be heard. The company first appeared on the scene in 1995, making something totally different–something that protected musicians’ hearing while allowing them to perform better. Instead of standing in front of speakers on stage, artists were able to have customized micro-speakers fitted directly into their ears. In 2005, Ultimate Ears introduced three high-end universal fit earphones, each model based on the same speaker technologies and sound signatures found in the professional stage earphones. This innovation allowed emerging artists to perform like pros and gave discerning listeners the chance to hear what everyone was raving about. In 2008, Ultimate Ears was acquired by Logitech International (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, gaming and wireless devices. Today, Ultimate Ears is the leading supplier of custom in-ear monitors for professional musicians and an emerging provider of premium earphones and headsets for the consumer market. For more information, visit
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SWITCHFOOT is Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar). The band won its first GRAMMY award earlier this year for Hello Hurricane, which entered at #13 on The Billboard 200 and contained the Modern Rock hits “The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues)” and “Mess of Me.” Vice Verses, the follow-up to Hello Hurricane, will be released later this year. SWITCHFOOT just wrapped up an international tour of Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines and a 10-city, major market Canadian tour. For more information, visit
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