Mainstream rock band O.A.R. will take the stage at the Smith Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 8. The band, whose official name is Of a Revolution, is well known for its live shows and maintains an extensive tour schedule. They have released a number of records of their live performances including most recently, of the July 2012 performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., titled “Live on Red Rocks.” The concert is sponsored by the office of student activities.
Student tickets are currently available online at the College Store’s website, and are payable by credit card or student charge. No ticket sales will be available in-store. The student price is $15, or $20 at the door the day of the concert.
General Admission (all non-students and guests of students) will be available at the Smith Opera House and its website for $30 in advance or $35 at the door the day of the concert. General Admission tickets go on sale Jan. 13.
In a review in The New York Times, Kelefa Sanneh wrote, “It’s hard to imagine a more mainstream rock band than O.A.R., the hugely popular group that came to New York on Saturday night. O.A.R.’s music is a genial blend of straightforward rock and light reggae (or, mathematically: Matchbox Twenty plus Maroon 5 plus UB40). The members exude professionalism, running the band like a small corporation. And Saturday’s concert was proof that this approach has worked: O.A.R. sold out Madison Square Garden.”
O.A.R.’s band members attended high school together in Rockville, Md., first getting together in drummer Chris Culos’ basement. The band released its first album, “The Wanderer,” prior to graduating. The members stayed together throughout college with all attending The Ohio State University, and recorded two more albums before leaving Columbus. By the end of 2008, O.A.R. had released six studio albums and three live double disc CDs.
To date the band has sold close to two million albums and more than two million concert tickets, including three sold-out shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Their most recent studio album, “King,” debuted in 2011 at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, three on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and was three at iTunes on the day of the release. The album was the follow-up to the band’s 2008 release, “All Sides,” which contains the platinum hit radio single “Shattered.”
More information about O.A. R. is available on the band’s website.
At the end of last semester, the Concert Advisory Committee hosted a scavenger hunt throughout the week of Dec. 2, asking students to find hidden oars on campus for a chance to win tickets to the concert.