O.A.R. to play Mountain Fest

O.A.R. will play a free concert March 30 in Teton Village, following PPP.

Looking ahead to spring, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort already has booked the popular rock band O.A.R. to headline its Mountain Festival on March 30.

The free concert is the centerpiece of a weekend that features the 38th annual Pole Pedal Paddle race, Coombs Classic and other music and events. Lodging and lift ticket specials are available.

O.A.R., for Of A Revolution, rose to prominence playing the college circuit and through word of mouth. Like the Dave Matthews Band, to which it is often compared, the group went on to achieve mainstream success, selling out Madison Square Garden in 2006.

Most of the musicians met in high school in Maryland and played together at Ohio State. The band has a horn section and combines rock with light reggae.

JHMR received $20,000 in lodging tax funds to help book the band. This year the tourism board required the resort to have the event set by Dec. 1, so it can be promoted throughout the winter.

Center for the Arts also has released its winter lineup, featuring surf strummer Donavon Frankenreiter, the acclaimed South African ensemble Civil Twilight, Harlem Gospel Choir and an acoustic evening with James McMurtry and John Fullbright. Ticket prices have been reduced for some concerts to as little as $15 for rear balcony. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

(Photo by Peter Wochniak, via O.A.R.)


Posted under Economy, Music, Ski Resorts, Sports

23 Comments so far

  1. aw December 4, 2012 4:40 pm

    An extra $20K of our tax dollars and all we could get is O.A.R.? All the promotional ability in the county couldn’t bring more tourists this March for O.A.R. What a waste…

  2. Renee December 4, 2012 5:48 pm

    Please tell me this a joke.

  3. Beth December 4, 2012 6:37 pm

    OAR’s OK. It’s ‘FREE’ – paid for by tourists. STOP COMPLAINING.

  4. eric December 5, 2012 6:49 am

    another epic fail and continued promoting of terrible music in Jackson….who the hell listens to OAR? isn’t this a christian rock band or something…

  5. g December 5, 2012 8:32 am

    Perhaps a good move for the University of Alabama spring fling. But OAR in Jackson? They suck, and are definitely not OK. Perhaps young tourists will be excited.

  6. WM December 5, 2012 11:11 am

    What a let down
    This band SUCKs

  7. CY December 5, 2012 12:42 pm

    Agreed. What is the deal? All we can book are bands who saw popularity years ago? G Love? OAR? SUCH a disappointment.

  8. DR December 5, 2012 4:17 pm

    So disappointed. . . who’s driving this boat?? Maybe I’ll book a trip to Big Sky that weekend

  9. Chad December 5, 2012 7:53 pm

    Maybe if OAR is so easily compared to Dave Matthews Band, perhaps we secure the latter for $20k next year?

    There isnt enough whiskey in Kirby to make me enjoy an oar show. Will avoid tv at all costs that day. Would literally prefer Ke$ha or jonas brothers.

  10. Stephen December 5, 2012 7:55 pm

    Oar is tons of fun live! I am sure everyone who goes will have a blast! Big step up from last year!

  11. Crusty Monkey December 6, 2012 7:07 am

    Yuck! Not sticking around for that one. I hope our half decent local bands that open get well compensated as they will be the ones to warm up the crowds. What a fall from grace….not such a great choice for our community.

  12. Woolly December 6, 2012 9:09 am

    The Mountainfest has fallen off the proverbial cliff the last few years. It really hasn’t been awesome since Michael Franti played in 2008. Grace Potter in 2010 was cool but she played a very short set, and nothing since then has been any good at all.

  13. MikeV December 6, 2012 9:12 am

    There isn’t enough whiskey in all of Wyoming to make me enjoy a Dave Matthews Band show.

  14. Rob Weinstein December 6, 2012 1:53 pm

    So long as OAR sticks to the Wanderer I don’t see how it could be a bad time.


    Stop bitching.

  15. WM December 6, 2012 6:00 pm

    When they first started this idea we got Blues Traveler. G love last year on a budget the Radiators, Grace Potter, Michael Franti. These are great acts but its time to step it up. Remember The Summer Mountain Fest Black Crows, Ben Harper, Robert Randolph. We see what he can do at a free gig. Its not exciting when Vail and other spots are bringing in Karl D, Galactic, Railroad Earth. These acts have come to the valley before. Damn it I want Chris Robinson Band or Tedeski/Trucks Band. 7 Walkers at the Pink Garter was a hit. Has Phish every played in Wyoming?

  16. Dave December 6, 2012 9:20 pm

    They really need some YOUNG adults choosing the music. O.A.R may play a good live show — never seen one — but it’s not a band that brings skiers to Jackson at the end of the ski season to boost the economy which is the purpose of the lodging tax funds. They certainly don’t build a COOL buzz that drives interest and builds a reputation for the resort as a great place to party and ski.

    Better to spend the money on free lift tickets for out-of-towners.

  17. jp December 6, 2012 10:09 pm

    OAR is a big band amongst the college east coast crowd. I’m psyched for this one! ever heard Crazy Game of Poker? Go listen to it! FUN. woulda been cool, or Alabama Shakes, but it’s one show per winter for free. Quitchabitchin bitches!

  18. Chester Copperpotz December 7, 2012 11:27 am

    I could think of 20,000 better ways to spend that $20,000 than on O.A.R. I would rather see the Jerry Bland Band.

  19. Rob Weinstein December 7, 2012 4:24 pm

    I’m getting even more stoked to see OAR in a seemingly intimate setting–since all of you haters won’t be showing up. Short beer lines, aww yeah.

  20. Chuck D December 8, 2012 9:44 am

    If we are going to waste “free” money, why not 20,000 McDonald’s cheeseburgers in a huge pile at the base of the village. That would be more interesting and a bigger buzz than O.A.R. And just get a local band

  21. Betsy December 8, 2012 11:35 am

    $20,000 to subsidize trust funders and the resorts that cater to them? The ski industry doesn’t need the free ride. They, like the golf resorts, are in the real-estate business. They are private businesses that should stand on their own. The lodging tax should support locals and the impact tourists leave behind.

    The hardware store doesn’t get a handout of 20K.

    Do the trust funders (the people who actually leave money in town) really decide to come to Jackson and ski because 20K went to a 1 hour band gig? Every resort chases the same dollar with the same ol ideas. Time for smoe BIGGER MINDS to think this through.

    If the mountain resorts wants to boost the economy, have 3 days of free skiing for any group of three or more with a state ID showing their hometown as more than 3 hours away. The chances are that those folks will buy gas, stay at a hotel, eat at a restaurant, buy a t-shirt.

  22. E January 21, 2013 8:33 am

    Im very excited for OAR! Especially since all the haters wont be there i should have a very nice place. so excited :)

  23. Andrew April 2, 2013 9:36 am

    O.A.R. rocked. I only knew one of their songs before Saturday. The crowd (mellow, locals, tourists, and kids) got the right feel and then frenzied into the night with fireworks capping off. This was a great “get”, and although maybe many did not come to Jackson for the show — I can guarantee that if you went out to the parking lot for the show you were won over and had an awesome time with friends and great music. I am going to get their albums. Yes, they are not “hot” right now BUT they are amazing musicians. Also, the acoustics were better than any venue in Dallas. GREAT SHOW. Andy

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