We’ll soon be in the third week of Celebrate St. Louis festivities. I’m confident in saying that we’ve already covered a broad spectrum of genres: jam bands, R&B and soul singers, country crooners--and now, rock and funk bands--will have filled downtown with their melodious rhythms.
This Friday’s performance of O.A.R (or, "Of a Revolution") is sure to live up to its predecessors. OAR is a college rock-slash-jam band whose 8-minute-long "That Was A Crazy Game of Poker" has been blasted out of frat windows for the last 11 years. Their newest album, All Sides, was released June 15th and is said to be akin to grad school (or even a doctorate) for this popular college-formed band.
Saturday’s band, War, and Friday’s band, O.A.R, might be similarly named, but that’s where their likenesses end. Most people (young and old) recognize their hits, "Low Rider," and "Why Can’t We Be Friends". The original band formed in ’69 and was one of the first successful musical crossovers, blending elements of rock, reggae, funk, jazz, and R&B. Their hits are often sampled or covered, and their success was proven in the release of The Very Best of War in 2003. (If you’ve seen Dazed and Confused, Bridge to Terabithia, the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, A Knight’s Tale, or Friday, you’ll recognize at least one of War’s songs.)
Both shows start at 8pm on the Budweiser Main Stage. Fireworks will follow.