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Thousands Brave The Rain At Stamford's Columbus Park To See O.A.R. Live

Alec Sachs is one of the thousands of concertgoers who turned out at Stamford's Columbus Park to see O.A.R. perform in Columbus Park Thursday.
Alec Sachs is one of the thousands of concertgoers who turned out at Stamford's Columbus Park to see O.A.R. perform in Columbus Park Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky
Thousands turn out for Stamford's first Alive @ Five concert of 2016 Thursday.
Thousands turn out for Stamford's first Alive @ Five concert of 2016 Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky
Thousands turn out for Stamford's first Alive @ Five concert of 2016 Thursday.
Thousands turn out for Stamford's first Alive @ Five concert of 2016 Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

STAMFORD, Conn. — For one O.A.R . fan, the Alive @ Five concert provided a second chance to see a legendary '90s band take the stage.

“I was supposed to go see them at The Capitol a couple of months ago but couldn’t so I’m excited to see them now,” concertgoer Alec Sachs said Thursday from the ticket line at Stamford’s perennial summer concert series held in Columbus Park.

Thousands turned out to see the free show with O.A.R. despite the rain. After a short downpour, the skies cleared as O.A.R. opened the show. The rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm or the size of the crowd at the popular summer event in downtown Stamford.

The 2016 outdoor concert series, sponsored by Stamford's Downtown Special Services District, kicked off with O.A.R., which formed in Rockville, Md., in 1996. O.A.R., an acronym for Of A Revolution, is known for its Top 20 hits "Love and Memories" and "Heard the World."

Later this summer, Hanson, Third Eye Blind, Eric Hutchinson, Easton Corbin and CeeLo Green will take the stage. The series continues each Thursday until Aug. 11 -- rain or shine.

While the concert series had been open to all ages in past years, Thursday's concert was the first time the crowd was limited to those 21 years old and up.

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