O.A.R. evolved from lighting up the stages of campus haunts to burning up the Billboard charts.
O.A.R., which stands for Of a Revolution, released a couple of demos that highlighted the band's roots rock and reggae-tinged
tunes. With several albums under their collective belt, like Any Time Now, 34th & 8th and In Between Now and Then, O.A.R.'s
reputation and popularity have extended beyond university campuses to national stardom.
You can find O.A.R. at first-class
venues like the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado; Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tennessee; The Orange Peel
in Asheville, North Carolina; Barbara B. Mann Hall in Fort Myers, Florida; St. Augustine Amphitheatre in Saint Augustine,
Florida; Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida; Jannus Live in Saint Petersburg, Florida; Music Farm in Columbia,
South Carolina; Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; The F Shed at the Market in Syracuse, New York; Tropicana
Showroom at Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Calvin Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts; State Theatre in
Portland, Maine; Palace Theatre in Albany, New York; and more. Don't risk missing O.A.R. when the group heads to your hometown
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O.A.R. took shape in Rockville,
Maryland, in 1996. The group revolved around Marc Roberge (frontman/rhythm guitarist); Benj Gershman (bassist); Jerry DePizzo
(saxophonist); Richard On (lead guitarist); and Chris Culos (drummer). Roberge and Culos had known each other since they were
kids, and Roberge also gigged in area groups with Gershman and On. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, DePizzo was introduced
to the other Maryland natives while attending Ohio State. The Wanderer (1997) served as the band's first studio effort. Many
of the tunes featured on their studio debut were penned by Culos and Roberge while they were living in Israel.The album was
actually cut in Culos' basement.
O.A.R.'s breakthrough song was "That Was a Crazy Game of Poker," which became a monster
hit among the college crowd. In support of the song, O.A.R. made the rounds at college campuses. They built their brand by
asking fans to tape each show to cast their music net over a wider audience. Souls Aflame came next, which nudged the band
to score a distribution contract with Alternative Distribution Alliance. By the time Risen arrived in 2001, O.A.R. had garnered
enough attention to put producer John Alagia on the payroll. Approximately 60,000 copies were sold without the help of a big-time
Later on that year, Roberge began crafting tunes for a new CD. Any Time Now, a coveted live album, was released
in 2002. The band then inked a deal with Lava/Atlantic to issue Between Now and Then in 2003. More tour dates allowed for
enough material to develop a sophomore live album, 34th & 8th. The band started to crack the Billboard charts with Stories
of a Stranger (2005). "Heard the World" and "Love and Memories" turned out to be a golden pair for the band, charting in the
Top 20 Hot AC.
Live from Madison Square Garden dropped in 2007, followed by All Sides in 2008. All Sides parked at No.
13 on the Billboard charts. The band's effort, King, came out in 2011. Live on Red Rocks appeared in 2012 and their latest
effort, The Rockville LP, arrived in 2014.
O.A.R.'s discography is comprised of studio albums:The
Wanderer (1997); Soul's Aflame (1999); Risen (2001); In Between Now and Then (2003); Stories of a Stranger (2005); All Sides
(2008); King (2011); and The Rockville LP (2014). Their live albums include: Any Time Now (2002); 34th & 8th (2004); Live
from Madison Square Garden (2007); Rain or Shine (2010); and Live on Red Rocks (2012).
they emerged onto the music scene nearly 20 years ago, the band, O.A.R., has had several songs appear in such movies like
She's the Man and Twilight. They also did the theme song for the popular Extreme Makeover: Home Edition two-hour special that
was televised in December of 2005.
O.A.R. Concert Experience
In today's tech savvy world, we can plug
into our music through our iPods, computers, radios, phones, tablets and TVs, but nothing can replace the enriching and authentic
experience of taking in a concert live, especially when it comes to seeing a band as captivating as O.A.R. At one of O.A.R.'s
effervescent live shows, you can feel the vibe and the meaningful lyrics even more than you would listening to the radio because
you have the energy and the pulse of the crowd to fuel the effects of those lyrics.
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