Thursday, November 23, 2017

“Play that song…The one that makes me go all night long” …The one that kind of sounds like the melody to the first song anyone learns to play on the piano, “Heart and Soul.”  Train, the author of that smash hit, bring their appropriately titled “Play That Song Tour” to Blossom Music Center on Saturday, June 24!

The tune is off of the band’s new record, ‘a girl a bottle a boat.’ Released on Columbia Records, ‘a girl a bottle a boat’ is Train’s first set of original music since 2014’s ‘Bulletproof Picasso,’ which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The album’s first single, “Play That Song,” continues moving up the charts following a standout debut performance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, which shot the song up over 50 slots overnight on the iTunes. “Play That Song” climbed Billboard Hot 100 chart, and became a top 10 hit on the Adult Top 40 radio. On release day, the band will perform the hit single on ABC’s Good Morning America and Live With Kelly.

Frontman Pat Monahan and company achieved mainstream success with their debut album, ‘Train,’ which was released in 1998 with the hit “Meet Virginia.” Train’s 2001 album, ‘Drops of Jupiter’ contained the lead single “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” which won two Grammy Awards in 2002. The album was certified double-platinum in the United States and Canada and remains the band’s best-selling album to date.

Train’s third studio album, ‘My Private Nation,’ released in 2003, was certified platinum in the United States with the hit “Calling All Angels.” The band released their fourth album, ‘For Me, It’s You’ in 2006.

In late 2009, Train released the album ‘Save Me, San Francisco,’ from which the album’s three singles—-the RIAA 6x Platinum-certified international hit “Hey, Soul Sister,” “If It’s Love” and “Marry Me”—-reached high positions on the Billboard Hot 100 at numbers 3, 34, and 34, respectively. The album itself has been certified gold by both the RIAA and ARIA and nearly hit platinum status.

In April 2012, Train released their sixth studio album titled ‘California 37.’ The first single from the album entitled “Drive By” reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a Top 10 hit in the UK, their first Top 20 single since 2009. Train released their seventh studio album titled ‘Bulletproof Picasso’ in 2014. It reached number 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and received positive reviews from critics and the single “Angel in Blue Jeans” entered the Billboard Top 100.

Some things are built to last. During the course of its two decades of making records, O.A.R. — lead singer and primary songwriter Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman and saxophonist/guitarist Jerry DePizzo—has created and maintained a sort of a parallel universe. In effect hiding in plain sight from the world outside, the band fills arenas and amphitheaters as it crafts and releases relatable songs with big pop hooks, all of this activity going down completely apart from the mainstream. Within this universe, these songs are bona fide hits, and the band members are superstars.

O.A.R., though Rockville, Maryland natives, cut their teeth in Ohio while attending Columbus’ Ohio State University together. The band gigged all over the country, but were most succesful in the Midwest, specifically, Ohio. Cleveland hosted the band’s own festival, Feeling Better Than Everfine from 2003 – 2006 (minus 2005 when the band move their festival to Chicago).

Now, 20 years into their impresive career, endless shows and 13 albums later, O.A.R. (an acronym for the band’s full name: .…of a revolution) has assembled a comprehensive career overview:

‘XX ‘; a 24-track, half-studio and half-live collection, shines a light on key moments from this vital, prolific band’s recording career. As a bonus to O.A.R.’s ecstatically devoted fans, the set opens with a pair of inspired, newly written songs: “Follow Me, Follow You” and “I Go Through,” which were written and recorded as the cameras rolled during Qello Concerts’ captivating six-part docu-series Evolution of a Song.

“People like being part of what we are doing, because we exist and we succeed within our own community,” Roberge points out. “We have no desire to exist or succeed by someone else’s standards. We just want to provide for our families and give them every opportunity, and do that by playing shows and making music.”

‘XX’ is neither a career culmination nor a conventional greatest-hits album; rather, it’s a sizing up, a series of aural snapshots on a continuing journey. Roberge views O.A.R.’s evolution as a series of stepping stones—he refers to this zigzagging movement as “island-hopping”—and each of the songs on ‘XX’ represents a moment of significance for the band members and for their devoted fans. The one song that appears twice, “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker,” a definitive tune that dates back to that first album, “The Wanderer,” closes Disc One of XX, while an extended take recorded during the band’s triumphant 2015 “You Pick the Set Tour” at Providence’s Fete Music Hall climaxes Disc Two.

British singer and songwriter Natasha Bedingfield released her debut album, ‘Unwritten,’ in 2004, which contained primarily up-tempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music. It enjoyed international success with more than 2.3 million copies sold worldwide. Bedingfield received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the title track, “Unwritten,” and at the 2005 and 2006 Brit Awards she was nominated for Best British Female Artist. ‘Unwritten’ also produced her  UK number one, “These Words.” Her second album, ‘N.B.’ (2007), yielded the UK top 10 singles “I Wanna Have Your Babies” and “Soulmate.” ‘N.B.’ was not released in North America, but six tracks from it were included with seven new ones and released in 2008 as her third studio album, ‘Pocketful of Sunshine,’ with the singles “Love Like This” and “Pocketful of Sunshine” earning success on the charts. In December 2010, Bedingfield released her third album in North America, named ‘Strip Me.’ In 2012, VH1 ranked Bedingfield number 66 on the list of 100 Greatest Women in Music.

Ticket info

Reserved pavilion seats are priced at $79.50, $49.59 or $39.50. General admission lawn tickets are $25.00

Prices subject to additional service fees. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Blossom Music Center box office (very limited non-show day hours and night of show, if available), all Ticketmaster outlets, or online, below: