O.A.R – From The Basement to Baseball to Benefit
By Dan Malone
Of A Revolution, better known as O.A.R performed Friday night at Citi Field after the Mets managed to pull out an extra inning win over the Kansas City Royals
O.A.R was formed out of Rockville, Maryland where they recorded some of their first tracks in the basement of drummer Chris Culos. Lead singer Marc Roberge delivered some history during the show when he said, “We are going to play the first song we ever recorded, it’s called ‘About An Hour Ago.’” The song has changed over the years but still holds onto the grassroots vibe that brought them to fame
Roberge and the rest of the band were feeling it tonight, playing hits such as ‘Shattered’, ‘Heaven’, and ‘Love and Memories’. Yet they also played a new acoustic love song called ‘Peace’ which Roberge said, “We are working on a new album and this song kind of inspired it all.” The band played eleven songs for a little over an hour, ending the night perfectly with their story telling jam, ‘That Was A Crazy Game Of Poker.’ The Mets crowd belted out every song and O.A.R showed their appreciation by keeping the energy level high even though it was one am.
O.A.R will be wrapping up their 2013 Sounds Of Summer tour August 3rd at the shoreside summer venue, PNC Bank Arts Center. The band has announced that all of the profits from the show will be donated to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Saxophonist Jerry DiPiezzo said, “We were approached by a third party and it was a no brainer.”
O.A.R is no stranger to helping those in need their Heard the Word foundation, has helped raise funds for education, their Green Dream campaign has raised awareness about the environment, and their Open Up Your Arms Campaign has raised awareness about helping the veterans returning from overseas
Sadly eight months after Super Storm Sandy, a lot of people do not realize that many Jersey Shore residents are still not back in their homes and help is still needed. Of A Revolution is trying to provide a late inning kick to the relief effort tomorrow night. However, they need your help to do so, Tickets are still available through LiveNation.com and at the PNC box office.
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