House of Blues – San Diego, CA
We walked into a sold-out performance at the House of Blues in San Diego. If you wanted to try and get tickets you were out of luck. The hardcore O.A.R. packed the intimate venue to see O.A.R. in support of their new album All Sides.
Marc stepped foot on the stage around 8:15P.M. to a shrieking crowd that was overjoyed to see him. He was joined onstage with Chris Culos, Richard On, Benj Gershman, Jerry DePizzo, and touring member Mikel Paris. They played their upbeat grooves to the excited audience. As I sat in the barricades I could only hear the fans behind me singing along word for word of the songs. Since many of the fans were drinking; I am surprised they kept up with all the lyrics with accurate time.
To true Jam Band roots in the second they had a break for the sax solo. Their sax player, Jerry, had a mini arsenal of saxophones on hand for the show. They also broke out into bass and keyboard solos. They played their new song from their upcoming album All Sides, “This Town.” The new song received a great reception from the crowd and even had a few hardcore fans singing right along. They also played their hit “That was a Crazy Game of Poker” and “Destination.”
Be prepared for a sing-along during the encore. Everybody at the House of Blues experienced a balding older gentlemen crowd surfing. The crowd was amazed. That was a first for me seeing an older man crowd surfing. It spiraled into a 2 minute crowd surfing event.
Overall O.A.R. didn’t disappoint. An enjoyable concert for all ages!
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