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O.A.R., Dispatch and G.Lov e at Hayden Homes Amphitheater on 07/22/2022 Photos

By CHRISTINA HALL // Review and photos - O.A.R., Dispatch and G.Lov e 

Fans crossed the bridge and lined up along the Deschutes River to enter Hayden Homes Amphitheater to see O.A.R. and Dispatch’s co-headlining show with their opening act G. Love. 24 hours before, Dispatch shared that they jumped off that very same bridge and enjoyed floating along the river. It was a moment to recharge their souls on tour. Each band/artist are touring for their first time since releasing albums.

G. Love took the stage for his acoustic set. Oh each side of him displayed bright and colorful LOVE paintings that he paints and sells himself. G Love played a few familiar tunes before playing one from his new album, Philadelphia Mississippi. He brought out his son to the play on the harmonica as he sang along. He ended his set with crowd favorites, Rodeo Clowns and Baby Got Sauce.

After a quick transition, Dispatch took the stage. The band honored the local native tribes for allowing everyone to come together and use their land. The lighting behind the band looked lanterns that faded in and out to the music. As the band played some of their earlier songs, a mother danced with her two young sons. All three of them knew every word and danced the remainder of the set. Braddigan came from behind the drums to sing together with Chad the title track from their latest album, Break the Fall.

The band continue on in jam-band fashion with solos from each of the supporting members. They later came to the front for a sing-a-long with the crowd to Elias. Their penultimate song included a Russian version of the chorus to The General, a nod to the conflict in Ukraine.

Finally, O.A.R. came to the stage. The front few rows interchanged throughout the night depending on which band was on stage. The band called out a man in the front could be seen with a sign celebrating his anniversary and his child’s first show. It was family affair across the venue, many dancing and taking videos of each other singing along. The sun had finally set and the color from the stage lights could easily be seen. The band played songs across their catalog, including a couple from their latest album, The Arcade.

The lightning bugs started to sprinkle the sky before the short wait for the encore which included all three acts singing R.E.M.'s End of the World As We Know It, notably with G. Love on with harmonica and Chad from Dispatch barrel rolling across stage. Everyone stayed on stage to sing one last anticipated song, Crazy Game of Poker. Poker cards were fittingly thrown from the stage and the crowd erupted in dance to wrap up the night.

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