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Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:00am

To Tour with LIFEHOUSE

For the First Time Ever


Announces the "Looking For Summer" Tour

Featuring 30+ Dates Across North America


Watch the Official Announcement Video, here:



Pre-sale Begins Today

General On-Sale Starts

New Album Where The Light Shines Through

Out Now via Vanguard Records 


San Diego, CA - Rock fans across North America can look forward to seeing SWITCHFOOT and LIFEHOUSE together for the first time on the "Looking for Summer" Tour, delivering 30+ shows to venues across the U.S. and Canada. The tour kicks off on July 23 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO and will run into the fall, culminating at The Masonic in San Francisco on September 10. Up-and-coming songstress Brynn Elliott will open every night of the tour. For additional information and a full list of upcoming dates, please see below or visit:  www.LookingForSummerTour.com.


On the upcoming tour, the band shares: "We are amped to announce that we are going on tour with LIFEHOUSE for the first time ever. We're calling it the 'Looking for Summer' Tour and we can't wait to sing these songs with you."


Pre-sales for the SWITCHFOOT and LIFEHOUSE fan clubs begin today as early as 11am local, with additional pre-sales rolling throughout the week. General on-sale begins Friday, April 7 @ 10am local.


Formed in San Diego in 1996, SWITCHFOOT is Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keyboard, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar), and Chad Butler (drums). Since their start, the band has sold over 5.7 million copies worldwide of their first nine studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009's Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane), racked up a string of Alternative radio hit singles, and performed sold-out world tours with over 4 million concert tickets worldwide.


SWITCHFOOT released their latest album, Where The Light Shines Through, on July 8th, 2016 via Vanguard RecordsWhere The Light Shines Through is the band's tenth album and the first since 2014's highly acclaimed Fading West. The album was self-produced in collaboration with John Fields, who helmed the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown.


Beyond their career achievements, SWITCHFOOT has also been active in a variety of philanthropic efforts, raising over a million dollars to aid kids in their community through the band's own Bro-Am Foundation, a long-running annual benefit surf contest and concert that's held every summer in Encinitas, CA. $1 of every ticket sale will be donated to SWITCHFOOT's BRO-AM Foundation providing services to underprivileged and disadvantaged youth. They've also maintained a deep commitment to a variety of humanitarian causes, lending their support to such worthy organizations as CURE International, DATA, the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children, and To Write Love on Her Arms.


For More Information, Please Visit:

Website: http://www.switchfoot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/switchfoot
Twitter: https://twitter.com/switchfoot
Instagram: https://instagram.com/switchfoot


Upcoming Tour Dates:

7/23 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium

7/25 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphtheater

7/26 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live

7/29 - Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights    

7/30 - Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

7/31 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens

8/2 - Toronto, ON @ Rebel (formerly known as Sound Academy)

8/4 - Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

8/5 - Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier

8/6 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

8/9 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues - Boston

8/10 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage

8/12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk

8/13 - Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap

8/15 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier 6 Pavilion

8/16 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre

8/18 - Nashville, TN @ Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel

8/19 - Williamsburg, VA @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg

8/20 - Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Botanical Garden

8/22 - Greensboro, NC @ White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex

8/25 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater

8/26 - Orlando, FL @ Orlando Amphitheater

8/27 - Jacksonville, FL @ Daily's Place

8/29 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival

8/30 - Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

9/1 - DuQuoin, IL @ DuQuoin State Fair

9/3 - Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater

9/4 - Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory 

9/5 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues - Houston

9/8 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Beach

9/9 - Los Angeles, CA @Greek Theatre

9/10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic


July 13, 2017




UTAH STATE FAIRPARK, SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Fairpark and Salt Lake City are preparing for the INVASION! The 45th Annual BMWMOA (BMW Motorcycle Owners Association) Rally will swarm into town tomorrow.

In 1848 seagulls were credited for saving the Mormon pioneers’ second crop, thus the MIRACLE OF THE GULLS. In 2017 the 45th Annual BMW MOA International Rally will invade the Salt Lake Valley with more than 6500 BMW motorcycles. That’s right, more than 6500 riders will descend upon the valley and more specifically, the Utah State Fairpark.

The Rally will be held July 13 - 16, 2017, at the Utah State Fairpark. The Fairpak’s 65 acres will host the riders, most of which will camp onsite. Seminars, concerts, commercial vendors, food, entertainment, riding schools, and a vintage motorcycle display will encompass the four day event. The multimedia closing ceremony will be the first event to be held in the new Fairpark arena.

The theme of this year’s rally is Crossroads of the West – Find your Crossroads.

For more information please contact Jeff Kooring at 801-541-9563.


 Shining a bright light on flaws in Duke University study of D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

(WASHINGTON, DC) – A white paper produced by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) “is not only a victory for scholarship programs but for honesty in research,” according to Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform.

The paper, developed by PEFNC’s Brian Jodice, catalogs an array of apples-to-oranges comparisons, selective use of test performance data and unfair, unjustified conclusions that are among the many flaws in a recent Duke University study critical of the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program

“The data analysis strategy for the Duke report is poorly designed, using both different comparison groups and different tests,” Allen pointed out. Moreover, scholarship students who tend to be predominantly from lower-income families are matched against a national sampling of students who come from a cross-section of socio-economic backgrounds, creating an apples-to-oranges comparison,” she added.

“The Duke study completely ignores the good news from the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship and other school choice programs around the nation,” Allen noted. “More than half of the 740 private schools in North Carolina participate in the program and more than 90 percent of first-year enrollees opt to enroll their children for a second year – arguably, the most important statistic of all.”

Read Allen's full statement here.


Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.


UESP Cuts Administrative Asset Fee, Eliminates Mail Delivery Fee
Reducing costs makes saving for college even more affordable for families

(Salt Lake City) The Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) has reduced its Administrative Asset Fee for most of its college savings investment options and eliminated its Administrative Mail Delivery Fee.

“Fees should not be a barrier to families saving for the higher education of their children. These adjustments are part of our ongoing effort to make college more attainable to families from all walks of life,” said Lynne Ward, UESP executive director.

Utah’s official and only tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan offers 14 investment options to families investing for future qualified higher education expenses. UESP is making other changes to the plan that improve flexibility and provide additional diversity to account portfolios.

A breakdown of the changes:

·         UESP lowered the Administrative Asset Fee charged annually to accounts invested in all four predetermined age-based investment options and five of the predetermined static investment options to 0.160 percent from 0.170 percent, a savings of 10 cents per $1,000 invested. Effective July 1, 2017.

·         UESP eliminated the Administrative Mail Delivery Fee, which was charged to non-Utah account owners who chose to receive quarterly statements and other UESP communications by mail instead of online. The annual fee of $2 per $1,000 of an account balance, which was capped at $12, did not apply to Utah residents. Effective July 1, 2017.

·         The number of age brackets in all predetermined and customized age-based investment options was increased to 10 brackets from seven to gradually smooth out the transitions between age brackets. With smaller equity step-downs between age brackets, an account should be less vulnerable to any sharp market fluctuations on the day it transitions to the next age bracket. Effective July 14, 2017.

·         The Age 19+ or College Enrolled age bracket was redesigned to remove the College Enrolled trigger from the age-based investment options. Previously, if an account owner withdrew funds to pay for the qualified higher education expenses of a high school student enrolled in a college class, the account was automatically moved to the Age 19+ or College Enrolled bracket. With the College Enrolled trigger removed, the age-based account remains in the bracket corresponding to the beneficiary’s age and continues along the glide path designed for the account owner’s investment option. Effective July 14, 2017.

·         UESP added the Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund to the Age-Based Aggressive Global, Age-Based Moderate, and Age-Based Conservative investment options as an underlying investment. The mutual fund was added to increase diversity and reduce potential investment risk. An international fixed-income investment previously was not available as an underlying investment in the age-based options. Effective July 14, 2017.

·         Vanguard High-Yield Corporate Fund, Vanguard FTSE Social Index Fund, and Dimensional U.S. Sustainability Core 1 Portfolio were added as optional underlying funds available to investors in the Customized Age-Based and Customized Static investment options. Vanguard High-Yield Corporate Fund increases the diversity of fixed-income investments. Vanguard FTSE Social Index Fund and Dimensional U.S. Sustainability Core 1 Portfolio invest in socially responsible companies. Effective July 14, 2017.

UESP released an updated Program Description today with details of all the changes.

About UESP
UESP, Utah’s official nonprofit 529 college savings plan, is highly ranked by Morningstar Inc., Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, Money magazine, CBS MoneyWatch.com, and consumer expert Clark Howard for its low fees and industry innovations such as its customized allocation investment options.

Accounts are free to open, and UESP requires no minimum deposit or account balance. UESP’s user-friendly website, uesp.org, makes it easy to open, manage, and contribute to an account online.

To learn more about the Utah Educational Savings Plan, visit uesp.org, call UESP toll-free at 800.418.2551, or send an email to info@uesp.org.

Important Legal Notice
Read the Program Description for more information and consider all investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before investing. Call 800.418.2551 for a copy of the Program Description or visit uesp.org.

Investments in UESP are not guaranteed by UESP, the Utah State Board of Regents, the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority or any other state or federal agency. However, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance is provided for the FDIC-insured accounts. Please read the Program Description to learn about the FDIC-insured accounts. Your investment could lose value.

Non-Utah taxpayers and residents: You should determine whether the state in which you or your beneficiary pays taxes or lives offers a 529 plan that provides state tax or other benefits not otherwise available to you by investing in UESP. You should consider such state tax treatment and benefits, if any, before investing in UESP.

UESP does not provide legal, financial, investment, or tax advice, and the information provided in this document does not contain legal, financial, investment, or tax advice and cannot be construed as such or relied upon for those purposes. You should consult your own tax or legal advisor to determine the effect of federal and state tax laws on your particular situation.


A Morningstar Analyst Rating for a 529 College Savings Plan is not a credit or risk rating. Analyst Ratings are subjective in nature and should not be used as the sole basis for investment decisions. Morningstar does not represent its Analyst Ratings to be guarantees. Please visit Morningstar.com for more information about the Analyst Ratings, as well as other Morningstar ratings and fund rankings.