Posts Tagged ‘O.A.R.’

LIVE: O.A.R. @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 8/7/11

Friday, August 26th, 2011


Going to an O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) concert isn’t unlike attending a Dave Matthews or Wilco show. It’s as much a fan driven event as it is a concert. Yes, the fans are rabid about the group, and they would be there come rain, shine, floods or a scorching heat wave.

First, O.A.R. chooses the groups they want opening up for them – not some record industry guy who has decided to “package” the tour with maximum money-making potential or some kind of a wide-exposure scheme for some band unrelated to the headliner’s music. (Who can ever forget the brilliant industry minds behind having Jimi Hendrix open for the Monkees way back when?)



This Week’s Hit Parade: The Live Album Edition

Monday, February 28th, 2011

“Blowin’ it Out”
(Self-released, 2011)
If the late Bread & Jam Café is remembered for only one thing, this electrifying live disc should be it. Joe Barna sets the full house on fire with an all-originals set that recalls jazz’s past, but doesn’t bow to it. The front line is seriously heavyweight, featuring Vanguard Jazz Orchestra alums Joe Magnarelli and Jon Gordon: “Joey Mags” injects muscle-car power into whatever he plays, while Gordon’s soprano on “Ivory Romance” is some of the best you’ll hear. Local hero Dave Solazzo’s usual lyrical piano matches Gordon on “Ivory”, but Solazzo also punches up Blowin’ with a funky aggression that gets B&J howling. This drops March 17, and it’s a must-have. Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence celebrate the release of “Blowin’ It Out” in concert at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 17. Tix are $15.


Live: O.A.R. @ SPAC, 8/1/10

Friday, August 6th, 2010



O.A.R.’s annual appearance at SPAC ushered in the first day of August and the continuance of the proverbial ‘dog days of summer.’ On a warm, rain-free evening, the band’s opener, “The Wanderer” (the title track from their first album back in 1997), set the tone for the two-hour-plus concert.

Marc Roberge, the band’s acoustic-guitar wielding front man, sang the O.A.R. repertoire with passion and energy. His bandmates followed suit with saxophonist Jerry DePizzo blowing up a storm, while electric guitarist Richard On added licks when and where needed.


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