O.A.R. is STILL going strong, persevering through a 20+ year career that has included selling out Madison Square Garden, touring with Dave Matthews Band, headlining their own ‘Feeling Better Than Everfine’ festival for five straight years, selling millions of records, and building a cult-like fanbase along the way.
It is highly likely that Ohio holds a special place in the Rockville, Maryland natives’ hearts. After all, founding members Marc Roberge, Richard On, Benj Gershman, and Chris Culos met their bandmate Jerry DePizzo while all five were attending THE Ohio State University. DePizzo, the band’s saxophone player, helped solidify the band’s distinct sound.
Furthermore, the band’s aforementioned Feeling Better Than Everfine Festival? Four out of the 5 years, the festival was held right here in Cleveland. Fans came out in thousands each year to support the festival which featured support acts including Howie Day, Matt Nathanson..oh, and some band called Maroon 5. (I wonder what ever happened to them?)
From the band’s humble beginnings of playing their signature song “Crazy Game of Poker” and “Night Shift” at college show to headlining Madison Square Garden, the band’s career is nothing short of incredibly impressive.
On the band’s latest offering, ‘The Mighty’ (2019), Rather than follow the same playbook and record during a set timeframe, they intermittently recorded throughout 2018, working on or writing a song only when inspired. Crafting all the songs simultaneously until the very last hours of the production deadline. In the studio, longtime producer Gregg Wattenberg would be joined by PomPom, who added a fresh take on the sound with an electronic sensibility and expanded soundscape.
“We’re fortunate as hell to have done this for over two decades,” Culos leaves off. “We’ve done it together. We have each other’s backs, and we’re a family. There’s a feeling of freedom in that.”
And a blast from the past…a FORMER CleveRock staff member interviews O.A.R. at Bonnaroo in 2005
Support act American Authors are on the road in support of their highly anticipated third album, ‘Seasons.’ The new record was recorded with veteran producers Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson) and Trent Dabbs (Kacey Musgraves, TV’s Nashville) in a mountainside studio 20 minutes outside Nashville. Surrounded by woods and overlooking nature, the album takes its title from experiencing all four seasons of Tennessee weather during the recording sojourn, from winter snow to summer sun. Simultaneously, American Authors embraced formative ’90s influences, from alternative stalwarts like Weezer and Nirvana.
American Authors hail from the four corners of the U.S. but came together at Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 2006. They soon left Berklee, moved into a small apartment in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, and started a band, releasing a series of indie EPs over the course of five years. After lighting up SiriusXM Alt Nation radio with their debut #1 single “Believer” and attracting (what became) over 8 million YouTube views for the viral “Believer” video they created with their cell phones, they were signed to Island Records in 2012. With the success of the inescapable and instantly recognizable “Best Day Of My Life,” their debut LP ‘Oh, What A Life’ went Top 5 on the Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts, Top 15 on the Billboard 200, and was RIAA certified gold. “Best Day Of My Life” was a 4x-platinum career-defining track that went on to reach #1 on Hot AC and Top 5 at Pop while receiving countless film, television, video game, and sports syncs. Their second album, 2016’s What We Live For included “What We Live For,” “Grow,” and the sync friendly hit “Go Big or Go Home.”
General admission floor tickets (standing room only) are priced at $55.50. Reserved grandstand seats are $43. General admission bleachers (located behind the reserved grandstands are $30 each.
Prices subject to additional fees. Tix can be purchased in person at the Jacobs Pavilion box office or online, below: