“She was up in New York as part of Gregg’s team and that was somebody who grew up on O.A.R.,” DePizzo continued. “She has a fresh perspective on music today so it was a lot of fun and really a great challenge to bring things to the table and have a fresh, female perspective.”
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As a tie-in to the new album, O.A.R. has a new beer, The Mighty Lager, being released in mid-June by Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland.
“Everybody and their cousin has a fermenting bucket in their basement and wants to do a beer with somebody, but the Great Lakes folks are fantastic and they had the footprint and the reach to really hit our touring markets,” DePizzo said. “We’ve wanted to do a beer for a very long time and it took us four years to find the right partner. Great Lakes has a lot of other delicious beers as well and they’re just great to work with. Dayton is one of the venues carrying it this summer so we’re excited.”
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While O.A.R.’s 25th anniversary is looming in 2021, DePizzo says the group is still on the rise.
“In a lot of ways, we keep growing, whether it’s in specific markets or just as musicians and band members,” he said. “There’s a lot of room yet for us to grow and as long as we can do that and keep people coming to the shows, we’ve got a good thing going.”
HOW TO GO
Who: SiriusXM The Pulse presents O.A.R. on its The Mighty tour with guests Welshly Arms and Huntertones.
Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Doors open at 6 p.m.
More info: 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com
Artist info: www.liveoar.com