Win Tickets ($79): O.A.R. & The Hunts @ Crystal Ballroom | American Rock, Folk Pop

We are giving away a pair of tickets to O.A.R. The Hunts @ Crystal Ballroom on September 22. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, September 19.


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The Hunts

September 22, 2016
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $34.75 ADV, $39.75 Doors | All Ages
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Classic American author Thomas Wolfe famously stated “you can’t go home again,”but don’t tell that to the members of O.A.R. On their eighth studio album, THE ROCKVILLE LP, the shape-shifting rock band found that returning home triggered a journey of creative renewal and inspiration.

“This isn’t about us going back to our musical roots per se,”says lead singer Marc Roberge, who founded O.A.R. in 1996 with his Rockville, Md. high school classmates, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, and bassist Benj Gershman (saxophonist Jerry DePizzo joined while the group was at Ohio State University). “It’s about us getting inspired by the place we came from. We’d drive the same roads, visit the old haunts, spend time with our people. Rockville was the catalyst then, and it’s the catalyst now.”

For the first time in a while, the band found that visiting their Maryland hometown gave them a sense of peace. For years, they had been pushing themselves to reach new levels of success, searching for their place in the world. Plus, turbulent times within their personal lives had led them to a slightly disconnected state.”I went home to Maryland many times while making this album and based these songs on all the familiar feelings that Rockville gave me,”Roberge says. “I tried to focus in on the simple things that always made this band so creative and driven. For everyone in the band, this was a restart. We’ve been hanging out, enjoying life, letting things go…The whole album is about a reboot.”

That sense of renewal is evident on the first single, the deep, yearning “Peace.””As we were writing it, I felt the weight of three years lift off my shoulders,”Roberge says. “We wrote it about getting back to that even playing field after you go through turbulent times. It’s about what I see people going through all around me, everyone deserves second, third, fourth chances.”

The Hunts
Sibling band The Hunts will release their debut album, entitled “Those Younger Days,” on June 9th, 2015, via Cherrytree Records/Interscope. The band wrote all of the songs on the album, which was recorded in Virginia Beach, VA, not far from their hometown of Chesapeake, and executive produced by Chris Kuffner (A Great Big World, Ingrid Michaelson).

The first single from “Those Younger Days” is “Make This Leap” — a lilting slice of folk-pop built on layered harmonies, intricately textured acoustic instrumentation, and lyrics that gracefully shift from melancholy to triumphant. The correlating video was shot in Chesapeake with a few moments filmed on the family’s property and was directed by Michelle Peerali, who has collaborated with such artists as The Kills, The Cult, The Black Keys, Pyyramids, and Moby. “Make This Leap” is also included on the band’s debut EP “Life Was Simple,” which was released in August 2014.

The Hunts have been playing music together almost their entire lives. Ranging from ages 17 to 25, twin sisters Jenni and Jessi and their five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison all learned to sing and play violin as young kids and spent much of their childhood performing throughout their community. After teaching themselves to play instruments like mandolin, piano, ukulele, banjo, and drums, The Hunts began experimenting with songwriting and soon brought to life a batch of songs that reveal their sophisticated sense of melody and dreamy innocence.

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53 Responses to Win Tickets ($79): O.A.R. & The Hunts @ Crystal Ballroom | American Rock, Folk Pop

  1. Paris August 30, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    yes please

    • PPS September 4, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

      I love OAR!

  2. chris c August 30, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    YESS!!! I LOveee OAR and would love to have these tickets for my birthday. Its has been almost a decade since I saw them last!!!!

  3. Austin U September 1, 2016 at 9:04 am #

    I met my bf at an OAR concert and now we are happily partnered! It would be such a fun surprise to have a reunion date :)

  4. CHRIS MILLER September 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    OAR is the band, and my wife loves them

  5. Reid September 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

    These guys sound awesome!

  6. Jessica Lechlak September 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    I love O.A.R, I saw them when they were just a starting out backmin Ohio! I would love to see them again!!!

  7. Kellee September 1, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

    YES! Because I enjoy the music & think it would be an awesome excuse to call the babysitter and take a night out!

  8. Jean Sung September 1, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    Need a little O.A.R. in my life!

  9. Chris DeLange September 1, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

    It would be great to have some good luck for a change. Hoping I win tickets it would be nice to take my wife out and enjoy what’s sure to be an amazing concert.

  10. Faith O'Malley September 2, 2016 at 5:49 am #

    Haven’t been to a concert in ages! This would be a great one!

  11. Heather Talmich September 2, 2016 at 7:13 am #

    I’m an drained mother of two boys, and dear god do I need a break. A O.A.R show would hit the spot and give me a much needed release. Please pick me. Really. I beg you.

  12. Lori September 2, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Would love to win!

  13. Judy September 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    I feel connected to this group! Please let me see and hear them!

  14. Dave G. September 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    Connect me with the Revolution!

  15. Jenna Stevens September 2, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

    Love to see a band make a second surge after renewing their sound.

  16. Renee September 2, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    I am a recent transplant from the DC beltway. I miss my boys from Waldorf like nothing else :) I’d love the nostalgia of this little slice of home (I still love Oregon!)

  17. Kellie K September 3, 2016 at 1:05 am #

    It’s my birthday!!

  18. Roger September 3, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    Love this band and have never seen them perform live. Would love the free passes. Thank you for the opportunity!

  19. Alex September 3, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    Would love to go!!!!!!

  20. panda September 3, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    always up for a show!

  21. catie September 3, 2016 at 5:26 pm #


  22. Sandra Goetz September 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    I love That band.

  23. Ellen martin September 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Right up my alley!

  24. Saul September 6, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Never saw OAR and would love to check them out

  25. Margaret H September 6, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

    Sounds awesome.

  26. Marc September 7, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Yes please!!!!!

  27. Corrie September 7, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    I first listened to O.A.R. right after college when I was on the East Coast, and loved them. I’d really love to see them live!

  28. Sharon Smith September 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    Oh, I love O.A.R..! I’d love to win tickets because I’m basically unemployed & can’t afford to buy them. Now I’m going to have to go listen to them repeatedly…

  29. Judy September 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    I wan to to rock all night long at the Crystal Ballroom!

  30. Brittanie McGurk September 7, 2016 at 11:40 pm #

    Sounds fun!

  31. Mikey B September 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    Still haven;t seen O.A.R. Now must be my time. Send me!

  32. James September 8, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    The only way to listen to this band is live.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  33. cory September 8, 2016 at 7:34 pm #


  34. Carol September 8, 2016 at 11:25 pm #

    Pick me please.!!

  35. Carol September 8, 2016 at 11:25 pm #

    Pick me please!!

  36. T_dah September 9, 2016 at 7:07 am #

    Dang, this sounds fun. Happy birthday to me!

  37. Wade September 10, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    I’d like to go to shake my sweet ass, what else!

  38. Hannah K September 12, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    I’d boogie oogie oogie all night to this

  39. Rae September 13, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Yes please!

  40. Andrea September 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    O.A.R. takes me back to my younger days when I worked in the Grand a Teton National Park! I’d LOVE to see them, maybe play a crazy game of poker afterwards! Pick me, please and thank you :)

  41. Kara September 13, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

    Saw them years ago and would love to go again. Plus, I could hit a two-fer and get my Crystal Ballroom stamps from McMenamins ;)

  42. Erin September 13, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    Would love to win these. Husband is such a fan and their songs were part of our memory of first meeting. Thanks :)

  43. Dave September 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    Up the creek without an O.A.R.(ticket!)

  44. Maggie Brees September 14, 2016 at 2:20 am #

    Sounds like a beautiful band. Would love to see them live!

  45. Benjamin Balzer September 14, 2016 at 7:02 am #

    Oh, man. The brownie points I’d win from the GF for snagging a pair of tix to one of her favorite bands of all time! As two broker-than-jokes students, a night of OAR live on stage would be amazing!

  46. CHRIS MILLER September 14, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    i LOVE OAR

  47. Judy September 14, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    Folk rock is my favorite and I know I will enjoy O.A.R.The Hunts

  48. Rachel September 15, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    We would love to attend, there is nothing better than live music!

  49. molli vandehey September 15, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    i love these guys and i would love to see them at the crystal

  50. Allyson Schweke September 15, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

    I can’t row my boat of life without my O.A.R.S.

  51. Jesie September 18, 2016 at 8:31 am #

    Oh ya! Yes please!

  52. Jade Mudge September 18, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

    Love O.A.R.!

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