O.A.R. has had a long relationship with ESPN and the College World Series.
In the past, the reggae-rock band provided music for ESPN's coverage and filmed video clips for the song “This Town” in the Old Market that were used on the cable sports network.
The band will headline the College World Series' Opening Celebration Day on Friday at TD Ameritrade Park with a performance at 6 p.m. before the Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
“There's that life to our music — that very fun, fresh, exciting feeling when you listen to most O.A.R. songs,” bassist Benj Gershman told The World-Herald. “It goes very well with sports.”
The entire band is made up of sports fans. Gershman grew up going to Baltimore Orioles baseball games and attended the 1988 World Series game where a hobbling Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off home run.
Known for its lively concert performances, O.A.R. has a sports-like philosophy when it comes to performing: Get up off the couch and be an active participant in the experience.
“When we're playing live ... it's the entire experience, and that involves the crowd. It's not something that you can really feel unless you're in that environment,” Gershman said. “That's an analogy for living. Are you there in person or are you watching a YouTube video? I enjoy life in person, and that's the kind of band we are.”
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If you go...
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Lot B at 12th and Mike Fahey Streets outside of TD Ameritrade Park
The College World Series' Opening Celebration Day includes free events all day on Friday.
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Open team practices
• 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.: CWS Fan Fest
• 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Team autograph sessions
• 6 p.m.: O.A.R. performance
• 8:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies
Games start Saturday. The weekend schedule:
• 2 p.m.: Mississippi State vs. Oregon State
• 7 p.m.: Indiana vs. Louisville
• 2 p.m.: North Carolina vs. North Carolina State
• 7 p.m.: UCLA vs. Louisiana State
A previous version incorrectly stated the starting times for events and evening games.