Springfest, the annual free, outdoor concert for the Union community, will feature musical performers Elle King, Sage the Gemini and O.A.R. The concert, organized by the Springfest Committee, will take place on West Beach this Saturday, May 2, at noon, weather permitting. If it rains on either Friday or Saturday, the concert will be held in the Field House.
No cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles, coolers or jugs will be permitted inside the concert area. Mosh pits and crowd surfing are not allowed. Bags will also not be permitted inside the concert area, but small wristlets are allowed, and attendees must have their Union IDs on them at all times. Food and water will be provided throughout the duration of the concert. All Union policies also apply to guests visiting on Springfest weekend.
This year’ s headliner is O.A.R., short for Of A Revolution. The group is best known for their song, “Shattered (Turn the Car Around),” off of the 2008 album, “All Sides.”
Their website states that they are an American rock band founded in 1996 in Rockville, Md., where four of its five members grew up. The band consists of lead vo- calist/guitarist Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman and saxophonist/guitarist Jerry DePizzo. Roberge, Culos, On and Gershman met DePizzo when all five were attending Ohio State University.
Mountain W eekly News has described O.A.R.’s music as “fun and listenable” pop rock. The group has released eight studio albums.
According to Billboard.com, “All Sides” peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard charts. The band’ s latest album, “The Rockville LP,” was released in June 2014, and the most popular song off the album was “Peace.”
O.A.R. also founded the Heard the W orld Fund to support youth, education and sustainable programs both in the U.S. and overseas. They collaborated with Ohio State University in 2012 when they put on a concert in an effort to raise money for their alma mater. More recently the band toured with Phillip Phillips in 2014, which benefitted Habitat for Humanity.
Rapper Sage the Gemini, of Fairfield, Calif., is the second act for this year’s Springfest. According to Billboard magazine, his hit single, “Gas Pedal,” which featured Iamsu!, peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in 2013. The song also reached No. 4 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, which is released weekly by Billboard magazine.
Sage the Gemini began rapping at age 11 and recorded his first track, “Made in China,” at age 14.
After his first single, “You Should Know,” went viral from his MySpace page, Sage joined Black Money Music Group to continue his career.
Under this label he released “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose” in 2013.
Later in 2013, Sage signed with Republic Records.
Most recently, Sage was featured on the song “G.D.F.R.” by Flo Rida, which also features Lookas.
In case you couldn’t guess, Sage the Gemini is actually just his stage name — which is derived from the color of his eyes and his Zodiac sign.
His real name is Dominic Woods.
Elle King, this year’s opening act, encompasses rock, country, soul and blues into her music.
In 2012, she released her debut EP, “Elle King EP.”
Her track “Playing for Keeps,” which comes from that EP, is the theme song for the series “Mob Wives Chicago” on VH1.
Her debut album, “Love Stuff” was released on Feb. 12, 2015.
She performed the lead sin- gle off the album, “Ex’s & Oh’s,” on “The Today Show” on Feb. 17, 2015.
King has been on tour with Of Monsters and Men and has opened for Dashboard Confessional, Ed Sheeran and the Dropkick Murphys.
She is the daughter of “Sat- urday Night Live” ex-cast member Rob Schneider.