Rob Machado Foundation Belly Up Benefit Concert

Rob Machado Foundation Announces Its First-Ever Benefit Concert To Take Place November 12th At The Belly-Up In Solana Beach, California

Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik, Switchfoot's Jon Foreman, And Jon Swift, Joined By Machado, To Perform Acoustic Sets

October 16th, 2012 — Encinitas, CA — The Rob Machado Foundation, founded by surfing legend Rob Machado, has announced that it will hold its first-ever benefit concert on November 12th, 2012, at The Belly-Up in Solana Beach, California. This very special night will feature solo acoustic sets from Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik and Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman, as well as a set from Jon Swift joined by Machado.

“I’m really excited to have some amazing musicians play at one of the best venues in San Diego in support of my foundation," Machado says. "I’m happy to create the opportunity to have the local community come out and support hometown musicians and charity. It’s going to be a fun night.”

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit The Rob Machado Foundation, a non-profit that Machado founded in 2004 as a way to support environmental programs worldwide. The foundation's primary mission is to provide funding and initiate educational programs focused on helping children understand their contribution towards a healthy earth. Two specific programs benefiting from the evening are the local community-recycling program and Hydration Nation, a collaboration between RMF and Hurley's H20 charity giving program. This initiative aims to install drinking foundations at high schools nationwide in the attempt to foster refillable water bottles and help eliminate single bottle usage.

Tickets are $40, or $60 for reserved seating, and are on sale at and at the venue's box office: (858) 481-8140. A limited number of VIP tickets, priced at $150, are also available at Those who purchase a VIP ticket will also gain access to a meet-and-greet with the performers including Machado and receive a limited-edition special event poster signed by all.

About Rob Machado:
One of the world's greatest surfers, Rob Machado is also one of the sport’s most recognizable characters, a living icon who continues to expand the definition of what professional surfing is all about. Known for his Zen-like flow both on land and in the water, Machado was consistently seeded at the top of the rankings as a competitor on the ASP World Tour. With 12 career WCT victories, Machado was ranked among the top ten surfers for 11 straight years and was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and re-inducted in 2006. Since his departure from the ASP tour in 2001, Machado has been one of surfing’s most committed ambassadors, roaming the globe, surfing the world’s best waves, and deepening his commitment to environmental awareness.

About John Rzeznik:
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 with his band, The Goo Goo Dolls. As a composer, Rzeznik has penned hundreds of songs including instantly recognizable Number One and Top Ten hits, including "Name" and "Iris." The Goo Goo Dolls have toured the globe countless times, performed in front of millions of fans, received numerous awards (including four Grammy Award nominations), and recorded and released nine studio albums.

About Jon Foreman:
A recipient of the Les Paul Horizon Award, Jon Foreman is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the multi-platinum rock band Switchfoot. Formed in San Diego in 1996, Switchfoot has sold over 4.4 million albums, which include the Grammy-winning Hello Hurricane, the Grammy-nominated Learning to Breathe, and the band's multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown. Foreman, who has written numerous articles on humanitarian issues for the Huffington Post, is committed to effecting change on both local and global levels. In 2005, the band launched the Switchfoot Bro-Am, an annual music-and-surf event benefiting a local children’s charity. Switchfoot has also partnered with Habitat for Humanity, the ONE Campaign, To Write Love on Her Arms, and the John M. Perkins Foundation.

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