It’s FINALLY happening. The (very) likely pair of O.A.R. and Dispatch is happening. The two bands are hitting the road for a 2022 tour with special guest G. Love!
While the bands have previously played on the same bill, this tour will mark the first time the two have shared a tour together. “DISPATCH has always been a name on our white-board wish-list for bands we wanted to tour with,” said O.A.R.’s sax player Jerry DePizzo. “It’s almost as if we’ve existed in parallel universes. We both came up through the ranks and cut our teeth playing colleges and small clubs throughout the Northeast and Midwest. It’s taken a few years, but the stars have finally aligned. We’re looking forward to this because we feel both audiences will be excited as well. We should have done this a long time ago.”
O.A.R., who hails from Rockville, Maryland, cut their teeth in the great state of Ohio where they attended Ohio State University. Cleveland was another “home” of sorts for the boys, who hosted their annual (now-defunct) Feeling Better Than Everfine Festival in Cleveland for several years.
The band has released eight studio albums, including their latest release, ‘The Mighty,’ in March 2019. The band is well known for their live shows and extensive summer touring and has released six live records with the latest release, ‘Live From Merriweather,’ in November 2019.
O.A.R. has finished their forthcoming album, ‘The Arcade,’ and fingers crossed, will be debuting some of the new tunes on tour.
Marriage, birth, death, departure; for Dispatch’s Chadwick Stokes and Brad Corrigan, the only constant these past few years has been change. Add to that the divisive political climate, long-overdue reckonings on racial justice and gender equality, and a global pandemic, and you’ve got an idea of the tensions fueling the band’s extraordinary upcoming album. Marking the band’s eighth studio release, the songs on this record speak not only to the band’s personal evolution, but to human nature itself, charting a course from denial and resistance to growth and acceptance through deep introspection and empathetic character studies. The music is pure Dispatch, and the five piece continues to grow and push their boundaries, taking surprise turns without ever abandoning the signature sound that’s made them one of independent rock’s most indelible acts over the last two-and-a-half decades. The songs on Break Our Fall blend infectious roots rock with hints of reggae, folk, and blues, and the productions similarly lean and energetic, leaving plenty of space for some of the group’s most pointed, political lyrics to date. The result is an ode to resilience and survival, a timely and essential album that still manages to find hope and joy on even the darkest of days.
Reserved seats are priced at $85 or $45. General admission bleacher tickets (rear of venue) are $35 each. All prices are subject to additional fees. Tix can be purchased online via the link below: