O.A.R., a five-man band from Maryland by way of Columbus, Ohio, is a jam band for the Napster age. The group, which mixes reggae, folk and agile acoustic rock into what it calls "island vibe roots rock," arrived at Ohio State in 1997, its members having already attained a modest following as high schoolers in their native Rockville, near D.C. Within three years, they were a breakout regional favorite in Cleveland and throughout the Midwest, playing Big 10 college fraternities regularly. By the time founders Marc Roberge (vocals/guitar) and Chris Culos (drums) graduated in 2001, O.A.R.'s legion of fans had grown to the point where the band could embark on a national touring schedule immediately, playing to crowds of 1,000 to 2,000 people... More >>>
Jam on it: O.A.R. has started a street-level revolution.