- Set 1:
Entire show with MikelParis on keys, percussion, and vocals.
First time Try Me was played.
Downloads Try Me 10.2 MB
Reviews An O.A.R. show in their hometown never fails to kick ass. That's for sure. However, it had its ups-and-downs. The beginning of the show was iffy how the band started by singing accapella "Program Director..." where the cadence of Dareh Meyod or 52-50 used to set the mood right. (Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they chose a different song, but Program Director doesn't do it for me.) A few too many mediocre songs from Stories of a Stranger were mixed in - in front of a crowd that knows all of O.A.R.'s classic hits.
Looking at the setlist again they played 7 songs from SOAS. They could have substituted out Program Director, Stranger, and Daylight the Dog. But I think the band was going for a real homecoming sort of theme, which got old quickly by using newer songs instead of the hits that make hometown fans come back for another show year after year. About Mr. Brown brought things around, but 2 new songs in the middle of the show was a bit much for an impatient homecoming crowd.
That being said, the 2nd half of the show was a great set. Once Black Rock was played and the new song "Try Me" was over, the show really got started. I liked Poker thrown in the middle instead of at the end of the show. And "I Feel Home" was necessary, just as Marc said. He knew they play that song all the time at home, but it was tradition - quite appropriate.
For a hometown crowd of a bunch of old fans, I would have loved to see City On Down (cannot believe they left it out) and maybe Delicate Few.
Last comment: The music was not loud enough. Why? The crowd was so loud for the 2nd half of the set, singing along, that you couldn't hear the band well enough! That was the venue's fault, though. Not the best O.A.R. show I've seen, but man it's always a good time. And damn Merriweather for selling beer at $7 bucks. -sigberto August 20, 2007
I'm addicted to OAR shows....always, always, always a great time...if people that have never been or only have been to one show are checking the sites out and constanly see "best live show" its is 100% true! I also thought the first part of the set was a bit different, but just gives me something to look forward to next time seeing them...as I also was wanting to hear Delicate Few and City On Down....but not complaining at all, it was great and my first time at Merriweather, really love the venue!
Lots of people were taking a break from standing during "feeling groovey" and then all of the sudden you heard the opening to Poker and like springs in their seats everyone was up and dancing.....there was a kid in front of me getting down the whole show, really funny stuff, but just having a good time
Can't wait for my next chance to get to a show, GREAT SHOW!!! thanks for a wonderful night!
p.s. Augustana was a pleasant surprise, got their cd the next day...an added bonus to seeing OAR -fishFL August 20, 2007
I thought the show was amazing. I was down in the pavilion about 5 rows back from the pit. I was singing loud along with every song. I loved the fact that they opened with Program Director -->Night Shift. I really wanted to hear Program Director so that was a great surprise.
I love the energy that exists at their concerts. You could tell there were a lot of great fans that really knew the music. It was so badass to see the crowd sing the first 20 sec or so of Heard the World.
I would have loved to have seen a few more older songs played...namely Whose Chariot, KOTT, and City on Down. I also really wanted to hear About an Hour Ago, but what can you do. I thought the crowd was great and it was awesome to see Benj hang up the Maryland flag that was thrown onto stage.
All in all it was a fantastic home show. I had a blast dancing the night away and singing to the point where I lost my voice...thats what the concert is all about. I can't wait for the recording so I can try to relive the concert all over again. -AnnapolisOARfan August 20, 2007
Great show!! I thought the guy's had alot of energy especially playing so many shows days before merriweather. It was a pretty big surprise to hear Program Director for the opening song!!
I could have done with out so many songs from SOAS and more of the older stuff, I really wanted to hear Living in the End live, but there are always more shows. I wish they had used other songs for the encore. Again great show from the 10th row. Can't wait for the next show!! -maryland 1993 August 20, 2007
That was a great show!!! At the begining I was worried when they played three songs from SOAS that they were gonna leave alot of old stuff out. Amazing to hear so moved on! My biggest problem is that they didn't play city on down. With the home town crowd everyone would have gone nuts. Either way it was a great show.
Does anyone have a recording of it yet? And where did the recodrding of Try Me come from? Does that mean that someone has the whole show? -ohiostatebucks August 20, 2007
Wow what a great show. They always seem to outdo themselves no matter how many shows I go to. I had the absolute please of viewing this entire show VIP! Got to chill on the deck, walk around at the front of the pavilion, at one point I even took a step onto the stage while they were singing. Some dude by the door near the bathrooms opened it up for me while I snapped a pic. Sitting 3 rows from the pit was also a blast. I always love watching bands on the stage, rather than on the screen. As for the setlist, I was completely ecstatic that they played Untitled!! That used to be one of their rarest songs, and I love how the MSG cd is finally bringing it back alive. Program director was a little sketchy at first, but I think they had to take a few minutes to get in sync. After that they rocked all night. The encore was amazing as well, I think it's good that they didn't end with Poker like usual. All around an amazing expirience... Can't wait til next year. -DanMan2k06 August 20, 2007
What a great show in front of the home town crowd. I was surprised and pleased when they opened with Program Director... it was a change from the songs they normally open with. I was disappointed that they played so many songs from SOAS and not more of their older stuff that everyone was looking forward to (City on Down About an Hour Ago). All in all it was a great show from the second row! -FFoarFan452 August 21, 2007
I really enjoyed seeing OAR in there home state of Maryland. However I thought they played too many songs from SOAS. I was really hoping they would play City On Down and Whose Chariot. So Moved On was awesome though! That is one of my favorite songs and I'm glad I got to hear it live. I Feel Home of course was amazing!! As a whole, however, I thought the show was kinda lacking. Program Director is a very good song, but not to open. And Lay Down is one of my favs off the new album, but its not a good closing song. I guess I just expected more being in Maryland. The show in Jersey, which I went to a week ago, had a much better setlist. Don't get me wrong, the experience was great being on the lawn at Merriweater, but I thought the show could have been better. Can't wait for the next album and tour! -nc879 August 22, 2007
What a perfect end to my summer! I thought the show was great and regardless of the setlist, the atmosphere at their concerts is second to none. I love their interaction with the audience and how they can pump the energy up so much that the crowd was sometimes louder than they were! Their shows are such a rush; can't wait until I see them again. -StephP August 24, 2007
Just like all the others said too many songs from Stories of A Stranger. However, those songs were still great. Not playing City On Down was a suprise. Overall great show. -ryan will dance November 12, 2007
I was only four rows from the stage and the energy was amazing. Can't wait to see them again. -catdog8303 September 25, 2008