O.A.R. in Concert at Stage AE; Jingle Bell Jam w/Jim Donovan & SunKing Warriors and Scott Blasey (Thurs., 12/6/18)

1) What began as teenage time-passing in drummer Chris Culos’ Rockville, Md., basement soon became O.A.R.’s first album, The Wanderer—and the band’s been working ever since. With several platinum records, sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, and nine acclaimed studio albums to date, O.A.R. shows us how to transcend the constrictions that eras and styles often bestow on contemporary music; as their acronym suggests, “Of a Revolution” does not allow the passage of time to quiet them. If you need proof, you can see them in concert at Stage AE and you’ll have a chance to see O.A.R. meld indie-alt-pop themes from the last two decades. The band’s latest album is 2016’s  XX.  Special guest is Josie Dunne. Doors open at 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (EC, RH)

Jim Donvan (jumping guitarist) & Sun King Warriors. Photo: Erica Dilcer.

Jim Donvan (jumping guitarist) & the Sun King Warriors. Photo: Erica Dilcer.

2) The 1st Annual Team Jackalope Jingle Bell Jam is happening this month. The concert helps Team Jackalope raise awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis and will also raise funds for the officers injured in Squirrel Hill Tree of Life shooting. It’s a strong concert bill with Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors headlining. The band released We See Through It in April and it has been garnering a lot of airplay in Pittsburgh and beyond. Other big talents performing are Scott Blasey, Jay Wiley (The Hawkeyes), and Tim Vitullo,  6 p.m. Level 20 Sports Bar Restaurant & Banquet Hall, 1033 Paxton Dr., Bethel Park (RH)