Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-10-21

Popular rock band O.A.R. will perform at Samford University Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. as part of its Campus Consciousness Tour.

The band's latest CD, "All Sides," includes the singles "Shattered" and "This Town."

Half rock tour, half environmental campaign, the Campus Consciousness Tour aims to inspire and activate students in a fun atmosphere while leaving a positive impact on each community and college on the tour.

Immediately prior to taking the stage at Samford, the band will be part of an interactive Town Hall Forum to discuss campus sustainability and environmental issues around the world. Participants will be invited to visit the group's biodiesel-powered tour bus to learn about environmentally friendly alternatives.

O.A.R., whose full, less known name is Of a Revolution, includes Marc Roberge, vocals and guitar; Chris Culos, drums and percussion; Richard On, guitar and vocals; Benj Gershman, bass guitar; and Jerry DePizzo, saxophone, guitar and vocals.

The group has become a big hit with college students, which the band members were when attending Ohio State University (Columbus).

The concert is sponsored by Samford's Student Activities Council. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For information, call (205) 726-2345. To purchase tickets, go to

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.