O.A.R – Born to Run and Save the Jersey Shore
By Daniel Malone
Photos By Daniel Malone
Of A Revolution, better known as O.A.R, came down the coast after playing in the big apple to perform at PNC Bank Arts Center this past Saturday headlining the ‘Concert to Save the Jersey Shore’
The Save the Jersey Shore foundation was founded after Hurricane Sandy devastated local residents. The mission of the foundation is to raise money to restore and rebuild from the damage. A local resident of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, Tom Hayes said, “Its just so sad that the government makes it so hard to get funding, and that they are even cutting it off for some all together.”
The Foundation seeks to aid those in that situation. The fact that they have gutted over 1000 homes down the coast is a true example that the money is going to a good hardworking fund. The concert vowed that every dime received would go to helping those in need and that is the way the foundation has gone about things since day one. The foundations website states, “And yet…there is so much more to do! We need your help—as a donor of cash or materials, as a volunteer. Save the Jersey Shore isn’t in it for the glory. We’re in it for the long haul.”
This is significant because the premise is exactly what the band O.A.R is about. They don’t help those out through their ‘Heard The World Foundation’ or ‘Open Up Your Arms Foundation’ for the glory and headlines, but rather they do it because it’s the right thing to do. Likewise, they play create and play music because they love to do it, the money is just a bonus lead singer Marc Roberge said in a previous interview.
The music of the show started at ten am in the parking lot with a free pre-show festival (acts included Big Joe Henry, The Reign, The Benjamin’s, and The New Jersey All Star Band). At six pm, the gates opened and the rush began as Allen Stone Took the stage playing a short set that included ‘Is This Love’ by Bob Marley.
Soon After Andrew McMahon came on stage by jumping on top of a baby grand piano to get the crowds attention. He played all of his hits such as ‘Bloodshot’ and ‘Holiday for Real’. However, he really go the crowd moving with his song ‘Learn to Dance’. McMahon is a more pop based act then O.A.R typically tours with (in years past they have toured reggae bands Rebelution, SOJA and Citizen Cope). However his use of synthesizers built up the energy for the night at O.A.R took the stage a little before nine pm
O.A.R opened the show with the powerful tune, ‘The Wanderer’. In the song the lyric states, “I was wandering, Wondering, when can I go home.” This is certainly a curiosity that many shore residents still have. As well, the band played popular crowd pleasers such as ‘Shattered’, ‘Love and Memories’ and ‘Heaven’. However, the show was able to also balance in the classic’s of the band like ‘City On Down’, ‘Black Rock’ and “That Was A Crazy Game of Poker.’ The band started out in 1996, and in the new song ‘I Will Find You’ Roberge displayed a newly found falsetto that added a new element to the band. Yet to close the show in fitting fashion New Jersey Style, O.A.R brought all their musical guests on the stage for an emotional and amazing edition of Bruce Springsteens’s ‘Born to Run’. It was truly the only way to close out a night on the Jersey Shore
O.A.R has two dates left of their tour playing in Washington D.C on September 6th and at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY on August 31st. Ticket information can be found on their Tour Page
A copy of the nights show can be found at Live O.A.R
To help the relief effort with donations or volunteering please go to Save The Jersey Shore
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