The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown turned up the volume from serene to amped up with the latest installment of its Concerts in the Garden series, featuring Switchfoot and Lifehouse.

Concert attendees had the opportunity to enjoy the garden's sights prior to show time if they chose and see the concert surrounded by it, too.

Both bands are currently traveling around the country on the Looking for Summer co-headlining tour, which made its stop in Atlanta Aug. 20.

This reporter marked a first off her list, photographing at the garden.  

Rather than a barricade to separate the band from the crowd, there was a small pond, which Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade jokingly referred to as a "moat."

It was a fun twist on the standard photo pit, having to be wary of the edge and potentially falling into the pond.

Atlanta native Brynn Elliot is on tour with the bands as the opening performer.

Switchfoot took the stage first and they never cease to amaze with their live performances.

The San Diego-based quintet is brothers Jon and Tim Foreman plus Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley.

A fan of the band since 2002, this reporter and photographer has enjoyed seeing their live shows since 2005.  

That evening's set list contained new tunes such as "Float," "Where I Belong," "Who We Are" and "Love Alone Is Worth the Flight" as well as classics "Meant to Live" and "Dare You To Move."

Jon Foreman took the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the crowd, by going off stage and walking through the crowd.

Surprisingly, this, in addition to playing outdoor venues, has become a regular occurrence for Switchfoot.

Before Lifehouse took the stage, frontman Jason Wade made a cameo appearance to provide guest vocals to "Dare You To Move."

After a brief intermission, the stage was reset for Lifehouse to perform.

Lifehouse includes Jason Wade, Ben Carey, Bryce Soderberg and Rick Woolstenhulme Jr.

Fans sang and danced along to all their favorite tunes such as "Spin," "First Time" and "Hanging by a Moment."

Jon Foreman made a cameo appearance singing guest vocals on "Flight."

During the set, Wade was onstage for a couple acoustic tunes.

Wade encouraged the crowd to become part of the band with a sing-along to close out the evening's performance.

Switchfoot consistently aims to give back by supporting a cause, which usually has a presence on tours.

Switchfoot and Lifehouse vocalized their support for Food for the Hungry, an organization that "seeks to end ALL forms of human poverty by going to the hard places and walking with the world’s most vulnerable people," as stated on its website.

More information about the garden's concert series is available at http://atlantabg.org/visit/events-misc/concerts-in-the-garden.

Information about Switchfoot is available at www.switchfoot.com. Lifehouse information is available at www.lifehousemusic.com.

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