Fête & The Bowery Presents
with Foxtrot Zulu
Friday, October 27th
O.A.R. first began to develop their unique sound while in high school in Rockville, Maryland. With three albums under their belt before they finished college, the band began pursuing their musical dreams full time in the summer of 2001. By the end of 2008, the band had released six studio albums and three live double disc CDs. To date O.A.R. has sold close to 2 million albums and more than 2 million concert tickets, including two sold-out shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. In 2011, the band released the album, King, which debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, No. 3 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and was No. 3 at iTunes. King was the follow-up to the band’s 2008 release, All Sides, which contains the platinum hit single “Shattered.” The band’s album, The Rockville LP, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and #6 on the Top Current Rock Albums chart. Upon its release, The Rockville LP hit the top spot on the iTunes Rock Albums chart and #3 on iTunes Overall Albums chart. The album features the songs “Favorite Song”, “Two Hands Up” and smash hit, “Peace”. O.A.R. has performed on such national TV shows as The Today Show, Live with Kelly and Michael, CONAN, and 2015 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony. In 2015, they performed in New York City’s Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration to a live audience of over 1.5 million plus their concert was broadcast in a worldwide webcast reaching millions of fans! 2016 marks the band’s 20th anniversary with the release of their new album, XX; a career spanning collection that shines a light on key moments from the band’s illustrious career and features two new songs including the new single “I Go Through” which was written and recorded as the cameras rolled during the captivating six-part docu-series Evolution of a Song.
It began innocently enough. Well, innocent may not be the best word, but it began nonetheless, in a smoky basement at the University of Rhode Island, circa 1994.
From an inauspicious start, Foxtrot Zulu began to develop a core sound that “brings together a kaleidoscope of influences to create their own unique sound. Rock, jazz, folk, funk and ska intertwine within the framework of highly melodic and finely crafted songs,” (Relix Magazine). At the same time, Foxtrot developed a strong and devoted local following at clubs throughout Rhode Island and small pockets in the northeast.
The next several years Foxtrot hit the road and, in between gigs, recorded two independent releases, Moe's Diner (1995) and Burn Slow (1997), and used constant touring throughout the Northeast and Atlantic regions to hone its live performance and original sound that “mixes catchy pop melodies with the steady backbeat of rhythm and percussive grooves,” (Washington Times).
The band's highly energetic live performances began drawing bigger and bigger crowds of devotees as they expanded their touring range across the United States.
With the release of the third album, Frozen in Time (1999), the band's touring schedule and crowds increased, and Foxtrot found itself playing in front of larger and larger audiences at festivals and venues from Canada to California and all points in between. The album drew both critical and fan acclaim, garnering significant college radio attention. MSNBC, MTV, Rolling Stone, The Washington Times, The Boston Globe, Relix Magazine, JamBands.com, The Pharmer's Almanac, The Providence Journal, The Providence Phoenix, Worcester Magazine, The Boston Phoenix and several other newspapers and magazines across the US wrote, not just favorably, but excitedly, about the originality of Foxtrot's sound and the tenacity of their live performances. “Foxtrot Zulu doesn’t just jam,” wrote the Boston Globe. “They Rock.”
The band rode this wave of momentum to large audiences and packed outdoor festivals across the United States, playing five to six nights in a row. Foxtrot followed up their latest release with a live recording, done in their home state of Rhode Island. Live (2001) was the band's fourth release, and was recorded over two nights, capturing some of the band's frenetic stage energy on disc for the first time.
Fourteen years, Five albums, thousands (and I do mean thousands) of miles and more than 500 shows later, Foxtrot Zulu is at it again. This time, their current release, "TONIGHT" features guest vocalist and executive producer Marc Roberge, from O.A.R, a band Foxtrot has proudly shared the stage with on many occasions. Check it out!