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Chad Butler, drummer for the band Switchfoot, left, signs the back of Kyle Schmauss's shirt Wednesday inside the Willmar Civic Center. The San Diego-based alt-rockers performed a free concert on the Sohshine Festival grounds. The Christian music festival begins today and is expected to draw some 20,000 viewers. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Chad Butler, drummer for the band Switchfoot, left, signs the back of Kyle Schmauss's shirt Wednesday inside the Willmar Civic Center. The San Diego-based alt-rockers performed a free concert on the Sohshine Festival grounds. The Christian music festival begins today and is expected to draw some 20,000 viewers. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The San Diego alternative rock band Switchfoot kicked off Sonshine Festival on Wednesday with a free show. A crowd packed in around the main stage to see the nationally known band.

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Among them were Kayla Aronson, Addie Dougherty and Allsion Peltier, who traveled from Stillwater for the concert.

Asked if the band was an appropriate opener for the festival, Aronson said "oh yeah, of course."

"It has more meaning than your standard music," she said.

"They appeal to a wider audience beyond just the Christian music scene."

Sonshine officially kicks off today, with concerts beginning at 10 a.m., and ending with headlining-act Skillet.

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