SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced the addition of a postgame concert by O.A.R. to the 2014 promotional schedule. Belly Up at the Ballpark presented by San Diego County Toyota Dealers will bring the popular American rock band, along with DJ Chris Cote, to Petco Park on September 20. Admission is free with a ticket to that day’s 5:40 p.m. game against the San Francisco Giants.
The postgame show is the result of a partnership between the Padres and the world-renowned North County music venue The Belly Up. The concert, which will begin approximately 30 minutes postgame, will be the first time these two local institutions have worked together on a promotion. It will replace a bobblehead giveaway that had been scheduled for September 20.
"No one in San Diego knows live music better than The Belly Up, and we are thrilled to join forces with such an iconic San Diego brand, as well as Toyota, to bring this show to our fans at Petco Park," said Padres Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Partello. "We know O.A.R. will put on an unforgettable show that night."
The stage for the show will be set up in the outfield, behind second base. VIP packages, featuring a Field Box game ticket and an on-field seat for the concert, are available for purchase for $100.
Long-time San Diego resident and co-owner of the The Belly Up, Steve Goldberg, is equally excited about the first-ever collaboration between the baseball team and the nightclub. "Going to a Padres game at Petco Park is a quintessential San Diego experience," said Goldberg. "So, the opportunity to combine an early game with a fantastic rock band at the end will make this a very special night."
Founded in 1996 in Rockville, Md., O.A.R. consists of lead vocalist/guitarist Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman, and saxophonist/guitarist Jerry DePizzo.The band is renowned for its intense, vibrant live show and the communal feeling it shares with its fans. With each of its eight studio albums, including its latest release, The Rockville LP (June 2014), the band has endeavored to achieve that sense of immediacy. The band has also had a long association with baseball, including a performance at the 2006 MLB Home Run Derby at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Fans also have heard their songs Wonderful Day, One Shot, and This Town during past College World Series telecasts.