Family Circle Magazine Stadium
Sat. Aug. 22

Successful groove-rock band O.A.R. (a.k.a. Of a Revolution’s) — lead singer Marc Roberge, bassist Benj Gershman, guitarist Richard On, drummer Chris Culos, and sax player Jerry DePizzo — performed for the fourth summer concert in-a row-at the Family Circle Cup Stadium on Daniel Island last Saturday. City Paper classifieds account executive Shelby Tamres was there, and she had this to report:

This was the first show I have been to in a long time where they played every single song that I wanted to hear — thank you, O.A.R. They played a lot of their older songs, mixed in with the more recent album, All Sides. Totally brought me back in time to my first college boyfriend who introduced me to O.A.R. — always heard “Nightshift at 3 a.m.” Ha.

I liked the acoustic set. It was a cool change to hear them go from one style to another. About the only bad thing I could say is that some of the visuals in the third set were strange — a cut-out of women dancing with a colorful background that looked retro-tacky, and a bunch of hearts … it didn’t quite go.

The encore finished up the show well. After the second song people started throwing cards in the air, and they played crazy game of poker, into the best of Bob Marley, and back to poker. The light show features some cool, devilish playing cards.

Lots of spirit for the boys in O.A.R., I saw at least one Maryland state flag (woo-hoo) and an Ohio sign. As everyone left the stadium, Journey played over on the loudspeakers, and the crowd was sang along as they made their way out. Seriously. And we know I like to sing along!

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