|Of a Revolution, more commonly known as the rock-reggae band O.A.R., are a prime example of a grassroots musical collective. Formed by four high school classmates from Rockville, Maryland, O.A.R. is now a quintet renowned for songs such as “Shattered” and “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker.” Known for extensive summer tours, O.A.R. has become a must-see live performance. In fact, O.A.R. has sold out Madison Square Garden twice, and has a passion for bringing the feeling of live music to each of their studio albums. The band released the Rockville LP in June 2014.
O.A.R. formed in 1996 with four founding members: singer and guitarist Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On and bassist Benj Gershman. The band released its debut album, The Wanderer in 1997, which included some of O.A.R.’s biggest hits including “Black Rock” and “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker.” O.A.R.&rsquos freshman work slowly built a following on college campuses, though it was recorded on a low budget and released independently.
The band members moved to the Midwest to attend Ohio State University, where they met Jerry DePizzo, who has played saxophone and guitar with the band ever since. As the year 2000 approached, the band started playing live shows at more colleges and encouraged concert goers to tape their performances. Soon the band gained notoriety, and in 1999 the quintet released its sophomore album, Souls Aflame. O.A.R. released Souls Aflame again without a label, although the group did find a distributor. Risen came in 2001, and sold more than 60,000 copies independently.
By 2003, O.A.R. released its first live album, Any Time Now, and had signed with Lava/Atlantic. Since that time, O.A.R. has released a slew of live albums to the elation of its dedicated fan base, including shows from locales such as Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks. The quintet’s live albums capture the energy that they produce when they perform, a ferocity they try to transfer to every record.
Under Lava/Atlantic, the band released In Between Now and Then in 2003. Next came Stories of a Stranger in 2005, but it was 2008’s All Sides that made it to No. 13 on the Billboard album charts. The follow up - O.A.R.’s seventh album - King was released in 2011 and peaked in the No. 12 slot on the charts. The band has experienced similar success with the Rockville LP. While recording the album, the band members often returned to their hometown, using it as a chance to recharge and bring a new perspective to their music.
The band considers the Rockville LP perhaps its most versatile album. Fueled by singles such as “Peace” and “Favorite Song,” it was recorded in several locations: Nashville, Brooklyn and Bethesda, Md. With each album, O.A.R. refines its spontaneous live sound, working to perfect the genuine music that the quintet creates on stage. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the distinct sound of this tremendous rock band live. Buy your O.A.R. tickets now!