DISPATCH and O.A.R., two of the most successful touring acts in the states, are on the road together this summer for their first-ever North American co-headline tour. Joining them is special guest G. Love. The tour plays the Artpark Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23.
“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.”
DISPATCH – formed by Chadwick Stokes and Brad Corrigan while in college in Vermont – have forged their own path outside the mainstream music industry as one of the most successful artists in the roots rock scene. Over the course of a slew of acclaimed studio and live albums and countless tours and festivals, the band has gone on to become one of biggest success stories in independent music history, selling out three nights at Madison Square Garden and drawing over 100,000 fans to a massive outdoor show in their adopted hometown of Boston without any traditional radio or major label support.
The band recently released its eighth studio album, “Break Our Fall.” Earlier this year, DISPATCH dropped a timely acoustic rerecording of one of their most beloved singles, “The General,” in Russian to show their support of Ukraine.
O.A.R. is one of music’s most consistent and dependable rites of passage for rock fans across the country. The Platinum-certified band from Rockville, Maryland, has sold out Madison Square Garden multiple times, filled Red Rocks Amphitheater myriad nights, earned Platinum and Gold plaques across 11-full-length albums, lit up the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, and built one of the most committed fanbases in the world.
The group – Marc Roberge (lead vocals, guitar), Richard On (lead guitar), Chris Culos (drums), Benj Gershman (bass) and DePizzo (saxophone, guitar) – formed while still in high school. This year, band members will ring in 25 years together by strengthening their special bond with audiences everywhere.
“I’m certainly looking forward to this experience,” DePizzo said. “There are some beautiful anchors and moonshots in place in order to celebrate not only the history of where O.A.R. and DISPATCH have been, but where we’re going.”
Added DISPATCH’s Corrigan, “We’re grateful to still have our family of fans, health, friendships and a chance to continue making music. Gonna be good.”
More information on the bands and tour is available at www.dispatch-oar.com.