Like catching up with an old friend – OAR always feels right

They were one of the first unchaperoned concerts I went to as a teenager, also at an outdoor space similar to Iroquois Amphitheater (but on a New Hampshire level). I can distinctly recall belting out “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker” on the way home from high school every day, and proved to myself that I can still do it because it definitely happened in the Churchill Downs paddock when they were in town recently. To be honest, I haven’t really kept up with them since All Sides in 2008, so I was surprised at how mainstream songs from their newest album, The Rockville LP, sounded. For the most part, though, it was evident that the crowd consisted of dedicated fans who have been there for them over the last 10+ years.

During the show, I was reminded of how musically talented every member of the band is. Every single person is a BOSS at their instrument, and Marc Roberge kills the vocals time and time again. I will never tire of seeing these gentlemen.


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