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Maryland-bred jam band O.A.R. to play Ravens’ game halftime show

American rock band, O.A.R. was founded in Rockville, Maryland. Band members Marc Roberge, Chris Culos, Richard On and Benj Gershman attended Thomas S. Wooten High School.
American rock band, O.A.R. was founded in Rockville, Maryland. Band members Marc Roberge, Chris Culos, Richard On and Benj Gershman attended Thomas S. Wooten High School. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

In 1996, the same year that the Baltimore Ravens began playing, a group of Rockville teenagers started the band O.A.R..

The ensemble and teams’ paths will cross nearly 23 years later this Saturday, when O.A.R. (which stands for “Of A Revolution”) performs at halftime during the Ravens’ playoff game against the Tennessee Titans. The Ravens confirmed the performance with a tweet Wednesday morning.

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O.A.R., whose roots rock sound and frequent touring earned them a dedicated international following, previously performed at halftime during the Ravens’ December 2015 match-up against the Seattle Seahawks. They gave their Montgomery County hometown a shout-out by titling their eight studio album “The Rockville LP”; that record debuted at number 13 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2014.

O.A.R. returns to the area on March 14 for a performance at The Hall at Live! Casino and Hotel in Hanover. They released two albums this year: “The Mighty,” and “Live from Merriweather,” the latter recorded at the eponymous Columbia amphitheater.

“We love to showcase groups for various in-game entertainment elements that have a Baltimore or Maryland connection so bringing O.A.R. back to perform for a playoff game was a no-brainer for us,” a Ravens spokesperson said via email Wednesday. “Our fans enjoyed their set so much in 2015, when they performed at halftime, and given their recent album release, this was a perfect match for our Divisional playoff game.”

The band’s management did not immediately return The Baltimore Sun’s request for comment Wednesday morning.

The Ravens play the Titans in the AFC divisional round on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. CBS will air the televised broadcast.

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