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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— The “indie band” of a revolution (O.A.R.) will perform in concert at Moravian College on Friday, November 21, at 8 p.m., in Johnston Hall. O.A.R. is on tour in support of their most recent release, In Between Now and Then, which marks their debut with Lava/Everfine Records. The album explores themes of freedom, wanderlust, idealism, and love. The five-member band describes the music as “rock and folk seasoned with island vibe roots rock—pinches of ska and reggae.”
The band got its start when singer/lyricist Marc Roberge teamed up with junior high classmate and best friend, drummer Chris Culos. Although Roberge liked music by Bob Marley and Crowded House, Culos listened to Genesis, Metallica, and the Beastie Boys. Despite different musical tastes, these two friends found common ground with the Pearl Jam video “MTV Unplugged.” They invited guitarist Richard On and bassist Benj Gershman to join their band.
O.A.R. released its first album, The Wanderer, for their growing fan base in Washington D.C. Word of mouth began to spread about the band, and soon after the release of this first album, the group was selling out venues in college towns from the Midwest to New York. They met saxophone player Jerry DePizzo at Ohio State University. He joined the group, and they recorded their second album, Souls Aflame.
In February 2001, with support from the band, the band’s manager created Everfine Records. This company would further the popularity of O.A.R. and its third release Risen. In the summer of 2002, O.A.R. performed live with Sheryl Crow, Train, and Ziggy Marley. Later that year, they released their fourth album Any Time Now.
Tickets will go on sale to the public starting October 27. General admission tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased at www.musictoday.com or in the Moravian College Bookstore, located in the Haupert Union Building. For information, call 610-861-1491 or visit Moravian College on the web at www.moravian.edu. The concert is sponsored by IMPACT at Moravian College.
Buy tickets online: http://www.moravian.musictoday.com