ST. PETERSBURG — O.A.R. will perform Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m., at The Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg.
Tickets start at $30. Call 727-300-2000 or visit www.themahaffey.com
Superstars of the alternative rock genre, O.A.R. has cultivated a massive following, filling amphitheaters and arenas around the country. For more than 20 years, the members of O.A.R. have delivered relatable songs with big catchy, pop hooks. A prime example is their best-known single, 2008’s smash hit “Shattered (Turn the Car Around).”
O.A.R. is beginning the next chapter of its story with 2019’s “The Mighty.” The new album lives up to its name, being the first studio release the band has had since the 2016 release of “XX.” The band is still just as excited to share their music with an audience now as they were at their formation. Lead singer Marc Roberge describes their live shows as therapeutic, sharing his emotions with the crowd.
“When it’s over, everybody feels better,” Roberge said in a press release promoting the show. “That’s what happens every single night. I never go into a show thinking I have to do this. I always think I get to do this.”
According to the band’s official website, since the band’s emergence in 1996, the musicians have tirelessly delivered a signature brand of rock steeped in alternative scope, roots tradition, and pop ambition. The Maryland quintet features Marc Roberge on lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Richard On on lead guitar and backing vocals; Chris Culos on drums; Benj Gershman on bass; Jerry DePizzo on saxophone, guitar and backing vocals; Mikel Paris on keys, backing vocals and percussion; and Jon Lampley on trumpet and backing vocals.
"Our hope is everyone leaves our show feeling better than when they got there," said Culos. "We make that happen by playing together as a unit, playing with a pulse. Through that pulse, we tell our story. It's about friends and family — our brotherhood. ‘The Mighty’ refers to our foundation."
O.A.R. most definitely does that on their latest offering. They also tread uncharted territory. Rather than follow the same playbook and record during a set timeframe, they recorded intermittently throughout 2018, working on or writing a song only when inspired and crafting all the songs simultaneously until the very last hours of the production deadline. In the studio, longtime producer Gregg Wattenberg would be joined by PomPom, who added a fresh take on the sound with an electronic sensibility and expanded soundscape.
"We used to rent a place for a month, go in, write music, take off for a break, and then record for another month," said Roberge. "Thanks to Wattenberg, we now had access to a brand new studio and his guidance without the pressures of the clock. We could come and go when inspired, and fell into this comfortable experience. For the first time the schedule went out the window."
American Authors will open the show.
American Authors is an American rock band based in New York City currently signed to Island Records. It currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Zac Barnett, lead guitarist and banjoist James Adam Shelley, bassist Dave Rublin, and drummer Matt Sanchez. They are best known for their hit singles "Believer" and "Best Day of My Life" from their debut album “Oh, What a Life,” as well as their Top 20 hit "Go Big or Go Home" from their second album “What We Live For.”