Rock band O.A.R. and singer Phillip Phillips announced today their joint summer tour will benefit Habitat for Humanity to support the organization’s mission of providing safe, decent, affordable housing in partnership with low-income families.
“Home means everything to us. It’s our DNA. It’s who we are,” said Marc Roberge of O.A.R. “We had the chance to meet amazing people building Habitat for Humanity homes in LA, pouring love and sweat into the foundation, taking pride in the work they were doing, alongside the Habitat partner family, and it was an honor to be a part of that. Words can’t properly describe the positive swell that brought to our hearts. We hope the donation from our tour will help families, like the ones we met, achieve their dreams of homeownership.”
The 24-city joint tour kicks off in St. Louis on June 12 and wraps up in Atlanta on July 26. For every ticket sold, O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips will donate $1 to Habitat. The tour will also host online auctions for a VIP experience in each city, including two premium tickets and an opportunity to meet with the artists. Proceeds from the auctions will go to local Habitat affiliates.
“My team has personally seen the incredible impact Habitat for Humanity can have on lives. We have worked on builds from the Musician's Village rebuild in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina to local neighborhoods in my community,” said Phillip Phillips. “Habitat's roots stem from my home state of Georgia but their reach is now worldwide I am honored to partner with Habitat for Humanity in carrying out their mission - to build homes, communities, and hope."
The artists will also donate 10 concert tickets to the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in each tour city, for use by Habitat volunteers and staff, as well as Habitat partner homeowner families, who they will meet at each tour stop. Habitat affiliates will be provided with space at each venue to raise awareness about their affordable housing work within their communities.
“O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips share our passion for helping low-income families realize the dream of homeownership,” said Colleen Ridenhour, deputy director of Corporate, Foundation and Institution Relations for Habitat for Humanity International. “We are honored to be recognized during their summer tour and are grateful for their generosity in helping raise funds to create safe, decent, affordable housing.”
O.A.R. – Phillip Phillips joint tour dates:
June 12: Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
June 13: Crossroads, Kansas City, MO
June 14: Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
June 15: Stir Cove, Council Bluffs, IA
June 17: LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
June 18: Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
June 20: Jacobs Pavilion Nautica, Cleveland, OH
June 21: FirstMerit Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago
June 22: Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights, MI
June 23: Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI
June 28: Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 2: Art Park, Lewiston, NY
July 6: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
July 10: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
July 11: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
July 12: P.N.C. Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
July 13: Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
July 16: Uptown Amphitheatre at the NC Music, Charlotte
July 18: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA
July 19: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
July 20: NTELOS Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA
July 24: Innsbrook Pavilion, Glen Allen, VA
July 25: Family Circle Tennis Center, Charleston, SC
July 26: Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.
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 over 2 million concert tickets, including two sold-out shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden. In 2011 the band released their most recent studio album, King, which debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 chart, #3 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and was #3 at iTunes on the day of the release. King was the follow-up to the band’s 2008 release, All Sides, which contains the Platinum hit radio single “Shattered.” The band will be releasing their next studio album, “ The Rockville LP”, June 10, featuring the hit single, “Peace”, as well as touring the United States with Phillip Phillips. www.ofarevolution.com
About Phillip Phillips
One of the biggest singles of 2012, the quadruple-platinum “Home” announced Phillip Phillips as a singer/guitarist of both rare authenticity and massive pop appeal. Centering on the American Idol season 11 winner’s rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills, “Home” served as the lead single from The World from the Side of the Moon - a platinum plus-selling album that debuted #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #1 on the Billboard Rock Album chart upon its November 2012 release. Phillips’s widely acclaimed debut also features the platinum single “Gone, Gone, Gone” and the Phillips’ penned “Where We Came From,” as well as a host of numbers that flaunt the 23-year-old Georgia native’s songwriting chops. Phillips released his sophomore album Behind The Light last month as new single “Raging Fire” continues to climb the charts. www.phillipphillips.com