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O.A.R. returns to Artpark

It doesn’t seem that long ago when the Ohio State University alumni of O.A.R. first started serenading America’s Birkenstock set with sing-along dorm deliveries like “That Was A Crazy Game Of Poker.”

But 18 years have passed since the acronym for “Of a Revolution” self-released its debut, “The Wanderer,” developed a cult college-aged following and, ultimately, blossomed into the mainstream act that’s released seven studio albums since. Such an expansive catalog will give the Maryland-born quintet plenty to deliver when it visits Artpark for a show at 6:30 p.m. July 15 as part of the venue’s Coors Light Wednesdays Summer Concert Series. Now touring off last year’s “The Rockville LP” – named after the town where four of the five band members grew up – the Marc Roberge-led outfit has certainly diversified both lyrically and sonically since its earliest work, whether with Top 40 fare like “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)” or the heartfelt pop found on its newest single, “Peace.”

But the band can still deal out its fair share of the Jah-infused offerings, the ones that first hooked its millennial-filled fan base. Get to Lewiston early and get ready for some of these extended jams when the band arrives next week.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $17 starting Sunday (box office, tickets.com). Visit artpark.net.

– Michael Farrell

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