O.A.R joins Dana Carvey at Gator Growl

Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

The Swamp is being invaded by Buckeyes this fall, but they'll be playing music rather than football.

Of A Revolution, better known as O.A.R., was announced Tuesday as the musical act at this fallís Gator Growl. The jam band joins comedian Dana Carvey in performing at the Oct. 16 show in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

"It's going to be a great value for the students," said Bryan Griffin, spokesman for the event.

The band is known for its popularity among the college-age crowd. It includes members who attended Ohio State University and had their start playing fraternity parties there, which Griffin admitted was ironic considering UF's record beating the Buckeyes in basketball and football national championships.

"I don't think I would mention it if I were them," he joked.

Now in its 86th year, Gator Growl is billed as the worldís largest student-run pep rally. The event is part of UF's Homecoming week and has in the past included comedians such as Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams.

Following dissatisfaction over lesser-known performers in recent years, event organizers polled students last spring about their preferences for acts. Organizers were unable to book the top comedy choice, talk show host Jimmy Fallon, because of scheduling conflicts. O.A.R. was the top musical pick.

"We're very fortunate to have the top pick work out to where we could get them," Griffin said.

Formed in 1996, O.A.R. has grown from being a grassroots phenomenon to selling out Madison Square Garden. Its song "Shattered" was certified as a platinum single for selling one million copies. Other popular songs include "Crazy Game of Poker," "Love and Memories" and "Hey Girl."

Griffin described the band's style as "a little bit of a classic rock sound with a pop edge

"It's going to be something that everyone can enjoy," he said.

Tickets for the show are $25 for the general public and $15 for UF students, faculty and staff. For more details, visit www.gatorgrowl.org.

Nathan Crabbe can be reached at 338-3176 or nathan.crabbe@gvillesun.com.

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