FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(May 29, 2020, San Diego, CA) Live music returns at the FEED THE NEED Drive-In Concerts, presented by Baker Electric Home Energy, happening Sunday, June 7 at Petco Park in the Lexus Premier Parking Lot, with sunset performances by Grammy-award winning SWITCHFOOT and Hirie (acoustic), and a separate Noontime show headlined by B-Side Players with SM Familia and Los Sleepwalkers.
Tickets for both shows will be available today beginning at 5:00 PM at www.FeedTheNeedSanDiego.com
Net proceeds will go to Feeding San Diego (https://feedingsandiego.org), the leading hunger- relief charity serving San Diego County.
This landmark event for live music in San Diego will be the first concert in California since March shutdown orders. Social distancing and protective precautions will ensure a safe and entertaining event. Attendees will stay inside their vehicles during the performances, staff and crew will be outfitted in PPE gear, and proper sanitation protocol will be implemented.
Both shows will feature full stage and sound production, and multiple video screens so all concert-goers can enjoy the performances while inside their car.
The concerts are produced by Local Media San Diego, San Diego Padres and Westward Entertainment, and will adhere to strict safety and sanitation guidelines.
“We need the community to come together, not just to sing songs but to help each other out in our time of need,” said Jon Foreman, lead singer of SWITCHFOOT. “This is going to be a truly unique show with an awesome purpose.”
“Feed The Need is all about San Diego companies and artists partnering to help our fellow San Diegans,” said Gregg Wolfson, President and General Manager of Local Media San Diego. “We are grateful for everyone’s generosity and contributions in creating this first time charitable event that will support Feeding San Diego.”
“Utilizing our ballpark and its surrounding areas as a way to help combat hunger in our community during these challenging times is something we are honored to do,” said Erik Greupner, President of Business Operations for the Padres. “By hosting this concert and other drive-in events, we hope to give San Diegans a unique entertainment experience in the safe and comfortable confines of their own vehicle while raising funds for a great organization in Feeding San Diego.”
“When we were asked to be the presenting sponsor, we didn’t hesitate in saying yes,” said Mike Teresso, president of Baker Electric Home Energy. “Joining the fight to defeat hunger in our community is a major initiative at Baker so having the opportunity to help with this groundbreaking event is not only an honor, it aligns with the Baker Family values.”
“Feeding San Diego is honored to be the charity beneficiary of Feed the Need Drive-in Concerts,” said Vince Hall, CEO of Feeding San Diego. “Not only will these events help provide a significant number of meals for people facing hunger across San Diego County, they represent hope, resilience and unity in the wake of COVID-19.”
“This concert will be a relief for many San Diegans who desperately need it,” said Mike Kociela, founder of Westward Entertainment and long-time event producer. “A paying job for working crew, safe live entertainment, and essential funding for a charity hard at work serving our community. I am thrilled to be a part of it! I’m grateful for our partners, including the San Diego Padres for their cooperation and many services, all the bands for volunteering their time, and the radio stations at Local Media San Diego for spreading the word and using their influence.”
ABOUT FEEDING SAN DIEGO:
Feeding San Diego is a non-profit organization on a mission to connect every person facing hunger with nutritious meals by maximizing food rescue. Established in 2007, Feeding San Diego is the leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization in San Diego County and the only Feeding America affiliate in the region. Feeding San Diego provides more than 26 million meals every year to children, families, seniors, college students, military families and veterans and people facing homelessness in partnership with a network of 300 local charities, schools, faith communities, meal sites and food pantries. To learn more about Feeding San Diego and its COVID-19 response, visit feedingsandiego.org/coronavirus.
SWITCHFOOT has been unearthing all manner of musical gems since their 1997 debut The Legend of Chin, steadily expanding their global fan base and critical reputation through such releases as New Way to Be Human (1999), Learning to Breathe (2000), the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown (2003), Nothing Is Sound (2005), Oh! Gravity (2006), the Grammy award-winning Hello Hurricane (2009), Vice Verses (2011), Fading West (2014) and Where The Light Shines Through (2016). Fading West doubled as the soundtrack to the band’s documentary of the same name. Along the way, SWITCHFOOT established itself as a world- class live act with a series of sold-out world tours, while racking up a string of radio hits, including “Meant to Live,” “Dare You to Move,” “Stars” and “Mess of Me.” Beyond their career achievements, SWITCHFOOT has been active in a variety of philanthropic efforts, raising over two million dollars to aid kids in their community through the band’s own Bro-Am foundation and their annual Bro-Am Beach Fest, a benefit surf contest and concert that’s held every summer in Encinitas, CA. They’ve also maintained a deep commitment to a variety of humanitarian causes, lending their support to such worthy organizations as DATA, the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children, Food for the Hungry, CURE and To Write Love on Her Arms. SWITCHFOOT’s 11th full-length album NATIVE TONGUE is available now.
ABOUT LOCAL MEDIA SAN DIEGO:
Local Media San Diego, LLC is a San Diego-based media company that owns and operates radio stations 91X (XTRA-FM), Z90.3 (XHTZ-FM), Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM), and 100.7 BIG-FM (KFBG-FM), as well as Local Media Digital Labs, a locally-focused digital solutions provider, Local Media San Diego Events for lifestyle event production, and offers in-house video and audio production.
ABOUT BAKER ELECTRIC HOME ENERGY
Built on over 80 years of electrical contracting expertise, San Diego-based Baker Electric Home Energy has provided home energy solutions to more than 12,000 Southern California homeowners. Known for exemplary customer service and business ethics, Baker designs, engineers and installs solar power systems and home batteries for residences across Southern California. Additionally, the company provides full heating and air conditioning services and smart home solutions.