Chestertown, MD, March 2, 2004 — An Indie Rock Revolution will sweep Washington College Saturday, April 24, when O.A.R.—Of a Revolution—plays the Benjamin A. Johnson Lifetime Fitness Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Washington College students, faculty and staff; $25 for general public in advance; and $30 at the door. Campus tickets sales begin April 5, and students, faculty, and staff may purchase tickets at the Student Affairs Office, Casey Academic Center, from 12:30-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. General admission tickets will be available through TICKETMASTER starting April 12.
Freedom, wanderlust, idealism and love—the themes of O.A.R.'s precision-crafted rock have garnered the band a devoted, organically-grown grassroots following and made them one of the most successful indie bands ever.
“A reporter once brilliantly called our music a train wreck of many styles,” said Mark Roberge, O.A.R. guitarist and vocalist, describing the evolution Of a Revolution. “That is what it is. I really do think it's an accidental thing when you've got five guys who like five different kinds of music getting in and playing together. Yeah, you're going to experience a lot of confusion. Within confusion, there's fusion. It works for us.”
O.A.R.'s popularity first exploded when file sharing burst onto the Internet in 2000. In 2001 the band's manager, with full support of the O.A.R., created Everfine Records. This independent record label helped to raise the visibility and profile of the band with their third studio release,Risen, which debuted at Number 11 on the Billboard Top Internet Sales Chart. The following year, their live set, Any Time Now, debuted at Number 156 on Billboard's Top 200 and Number 4 on the Heatseekers chart. In the summer of 2002, O.A.R.'s visibility increased when they joined Sheryl Crow, Train and Ziggy Marley for the Jeep World Outside Festival Tour and found themselves playing to 10,000 to 15,000 fans every night. Now O.A.R. has made the transition to a major label with their Fall 2003 Lava/Everfine Records debut, In Between Now and Then, called “an infectious, joy-filled breezy cruise through rock and folk seasoned with island vibe roots.”