Switchfoot performing at D&E College

The uplifting sound of alternative rock will fill Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium as Hurley presents an evening with Switchfoot and the premiere of their new film “Fading West” at Davis & Elkins College on Oct. 19. The 7:30 p.m. show opens with “Fading West,” a documentary film that features stunning locales, revealing interviews, jubilant live footage and glimpses of the Grammy Award-winning Switchfoot at home and in their studio in San Diego. A performance from the band will follow.

Tickets are prime floor seating, $35; general floor reserved, $25; general floor reserved group (10-plus), $15; prime balcony seating, $35; balcony general admission, $25; balcony general admission group (10-plus), $15; free for D&E students, faculty and staff. Purchase tickets online at itickets.com or BoxOffice@dewv.edu. Check both sites for optimal seating. For more information, call the Davis & Elkins College Box Office at 304-637-1255. The performance is presented by the Davis & Elkins College Campus Activities Board and Elkins Air 1.

Now entering their 17th year as a band, Switchfoot is comprised of Jon Foreman, vocals and guitar; Tim Foreman, bass; Chad Butler, drums; Jerome Fontamillas, keyboard and guitar; and Drew Shirley, guitar.

The southern California natives have sold 5.5 million copies worldwide of their eight studio albums, including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough “The Beautiful Letdown” and 2009’s Grammy Award-winning “Hello Hurricane,” and racked up a string of alternative radio hit singles including “Meant to Live,” “Dare You To Move,” “Mess of Me,” “The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues),” “Dark Horses” and “Afterlife.” They’ve performed sold-out world tours, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid homeless kids in their community through their own Bro-Am Foundation, and earned themselves a global fan base.

When it came time to write the songs that would make up their ninth studio album, the members of Switchfoot were looking for a challenge. The band found the answers on the road and in the waves. A year ago, while touring in support of their 2011 album “Vice Verses,” the longtime surfers set out in search of inspiration by visiting several of their favorite surf breaks around the world. The band traveled to Jeffreys Bay and Crayfish Factory in South Africa, Bronte Beach in Australia, Raglan in New Zealand, and Uluwatu in Bali, and chronicled their physical and emotional journey, as well as their unshakeable brotherly bond, in “Fading West.”

The digital version of the film will be released at the end of the year, and the new audio album “Fading West” is scheduled for release in mid-January.