When Minnesota State University (Mankato) students voted for the band they wanted to play their annual spring concert, first choices included My Chemical Romance, Jack Johnson, Dashboard Confessional, or Brooks & Dunn. Because the fees demanded by those performers were too high, organizers booked Switchfoot. (The band's most recent album debuted at number three before plummeting out of sight within a few weeks.)

This year's spring concert took place off-campus, at the Midwest Wireless Civic Center. Switchfoot drew around 2500 people to the 8000-seat venue. MSU's Impact Team (which sponsors the annual concerts) reportedly paid the band $35,000 to $40,000. Program coordinator Fred Snyder told a campus newspaper that other bands contacted wanted to charge "four or five times as much."

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