Citizen Cope was a great pick as O.A.R.'s opener at last night's Nautica Pavilion concert. The audience was psyched to hear his hit “Healing Hands.” Everyone sang along and cheered his every dreadlocked move. It even looked like he was ready for an encore.
Nautica was nearly packed with college students wielding glittery headbands, battery-operated sparkling wands, and, of course, plenty of beer.
When O.A.R. took the stage, the rain also arrived. O.A.R. launched into “My Life,” and its usually intense sax solo was even more so with a water-on-water backdrop.
Frontman Marc Roberge engaged the crowd, talking about his love of Ohio (which naturally brought cheers) and said “the best years of our lives were out here,” as he introduced “Road Outside Columbus.” (The band got its start playing around Ohio State University.)
But when the crowd got rowdy, Roberge wasn't all hippie love talk. “You all are fucking hitting each other and kicking each other over here," he said. "Excuse my language, but it pisses me off!”
“Shattered” was the group's most popular song last night ... at least it seemed that way from the thousands of shrill voices that joined in during the chorus. A few of their lesser-known cuts managed to generate singalongs too.
The fact that so many people stuck around in the pouring rain to hear O.A.R. showed that their home state is a loyal one. And the faithful were duly rewarded. —Crystal Pirri; photos by Mark Pirri
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