- Set 1:
Entire show with MikelParis on keys, percussion, and vocals.
* with Derek Haight of Elmwood on saxophone.
Reviews First off, Elmwood rocked. Those guys were really great as an opening band - one of the best in my 15 shows that I have been to.
As for the OAR portion of the show, I really enjoyed the set and the mix of older and newer songs. So Moved on was a great surprise, and some of the stuff they did during Anyway that was different from past times I'd seen them was good as well... I also really enjoyed the lighting, although it seemed as though it was meant for a much larger venue than the place where the show happened. There also seemed to be a few sound issues, like the sax overpowering Marc at times, etc.
As good as the show was, the crowd was as bad. They were not enthused and just didn't seem into it... From where I sat, in the seats immediately behind the sound guys, the kids in front of the stage weren't grooving like has happened at every other show I've been to, and just seemed to be out of it. I think I may have been one of about 50 people who knew the beginning words to Delicate Few in the whole place... It was a bit sad.
Lastly, the loudest cheer of the night (before Poker) was when Marc mentioned that the band had played in Chicago earlier in the summer and announced that they had recorded it for a forthcoming live 4-CD release. People screamed, and Marc jokingly said, as if to underscore how bad the crowd was, "you mean all I had to say was Chicago this whole time?"
Overall, good show by the guys, but bad showing by the crowd. -bigbruce97 October 30, 2009
This was my 5th OAR show. It ranks among the best. Elmwood started off slow, and I almost walked to the concessions. Something happened about half way through their set, and they finished big and great.
As the prior reviewer mentioned, the crowd was a bit dead. At first I thought it was simply because it was a small crowd, but as the night went on, it became clear that those in the front just weren't into it.
Perhaps because of subdued crowd, OAR played an absolutely amazing concert. I'm listening again on my wristband, which were available after the concert. -thoppa October 30, 2009
Crowd was soooooo bad. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY around me was moving, dancing, fist pumping, singing....nothing. It sucks because when the guys are trying to put on an awesome show and get the crowd involved, and they just blow. It makes the band want to get out of there a little faster...with only a 16 song set. Some people I was with didn't even think the band would do an encore, because the crowd wasn't chanting for it. I wouldn't have been surprised if they didn't come back on stage because the crowd was that bad. The sax battle with anyway was really cool to see. Didn't hear the opening band, got there to late. Hope next time the Marc and the gang come around the crowd is a little more enthused so they can play a longer set. -programstranger October 30, 2009
The show was awesome. My husband and I were thrilled to hear "somethign coming over" because we used it in our wedding a few months back. I have to agree with the other people about the crowd. It was weird- my section was lmae. Also there was this strange woman running around the aisles the whole show and one poitn starting chanting Purdue and whistling loudly. I wanted to tell her that I didnt pay to listen to her- but i decided to just ignore it. I am startign to feel really old at these shows- i'm 29- and the kids around me didn't really seem to care. But the band was awesome as usual- and hope they come back in the summer:) -ktgriffin13 October 30, 2009
First off, yes Elmwood was a GREAT opening band! I hope those guys take off, they're super talented and a nice group of guys. So about the show. The guys rocked, the setlist was great, but the crowd was horrible. I wanted to say WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! The venue really wasn't that great either. Sorry NIU, but it's hard to draw a crown in the middle of nowhere. (I did go to the Purdue show and it was absolutely AMAZING!!)
I have been to enough shows by now to know that the band feeds off the crowd. Every time I've been to a venue where the crowd is loud and singing and dancing, the band seems 110% more into it. But they were still great. -OAR14 October 31, 2009
This was my 5th show of O.A.R. and I would have to agree with everyone about the crowd. It didn't seem like a lot of die hard fans made it out. The little section of the GA I was in was at least moving and dancing a bit, but not as much as they should have been! I had gone to the U of I show the previous night and sadly, the crowd was even worse down there. My cousin and I seemed to be 2 out of maybe 20 people dancing in the entire arena.
But, like usual, O.A.R. sounded awesome. Kinda disappointed I didn't get to hear some favorites, like City On Down, either night, but there's always the next show! And Elmwood really was fantastic. That long jam session at the end of their set was incredible - both nights!
Pretty excited to know that they are making CDs out of the 06/2009 Chicago shows. I only made it to the second night, but it may have been one of the best shows I've ever seen. The rain easily convinced a lot of less intense fans to head home, leaving a smaller but excellent crowd that was pumped for the show. And, hell, those ponchos were awesome! -bullet_blue October 31, 2009
I agree with a lot of you guys, this show was good but the crowd was THE worse I have seen in my 11 shows....Not singing along, not knowing the words, standing still, and shouting random garbage throughout the show....Marc really wanted everyone to sing along the beginning of Delicate Few and only a handful of us even knew what was going on.......I also wanted to shoot the idiot that kept screaming "LA-DAN-DAY" in between every song...I am also very surprised they even came for an encore...NOBODY was chanting for them to even come back out...I even got a few odd looks and eye rolls from people when I tried chanting "O-A-R O-A-R" to get them out....
I am also VERY excited to hear they are making a live CD out of the June shows in Chicago, those two shows were easily two of my favorite I have been to. And for those who waited out the storm on the second night, they sure treated us with a great set! -ChrisLilja November 2, 2009
The set was awesome. I've come to learn to ignore most of the idiots in the crowd, and I think the band has too. They could tell there were some true fans in the crowd and kept their energy high. Between Elmwood and OAR, you can't complain of a lack of talent. This was my fifth show, and it is definitely going to be remembered. Keep up the good work guys, and keep making music that gets the body moving and mind feeling carefree. -bwink November 5, 2009