An OK Orchestra concert review
AJR fans in Oklahoma City had been waiting nearly a year for their date with the OK Orchestra tour. A stop at OKC at the Zoo Amphitheater was originally announced for July 2021, one of 12 shows scheduled for September and October 2021. However, limited Covid-19 restrictions have forced the band to reschedule their show from September 16, 2021 to June 7. 2022. It was worth the wait. A few expected changes and a few surprise changes ignited social media following the band’s third concert in the Sooner State.
The group was to have two opening acts for the fall show, Daisy the Great and Sasha Alex Sloan. This time around, Boywithuke joined the AJR brothers on tour, and the OKC crowd got a kick out of the rising musician who shot to fame through TikTok. Boywithuke performed hits such as Two Moons, IDGAF and Toxic. Because there was no Daisy the Great, there was no Record Player performance, but fans got to hear a different song that September would have missed. Thanks to becoming a favorite on TikTok and Instagram reels, the trio added The Good Part to the set list, and fans couldn’t have been happier. Let’s get into the juicy details.
The AJR brought the Orchestra to the theatre.
Two hundred and sixty-four days after AJR was scheduled to perform in September, Oklahoma City fans finally got a taste of the trio’s OK Orchestra tour on Tuesday. The show was everything fans hoped for. As a bonus, the concert included some intriguing twists. Attending an AJR show is the most scripted and unscripted concert experience one can have. That said, in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night under clear skies, AJR threw down the script.
Something fans enjoyed during the OK Orchestra — which kicked off on April 28, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. – is red Don’t push button. The infamous button was sold as a commemorative item at the band’s merchandising stand. Still, the button didn’t make an appearance as part of the Oklahoma City concert. A fan who attended the show was lucky enough to get one of the band’s setlists and they shared on Twitter. The black and white sheet of paper even refers no button. The band and its concert photographer and videographer Austin Roa create shared tour materials on the band’s official YouTube channel. Fans will definitely be waiting to see if the change is covered in an upcoming episode.
Because the button was not used, fans were able to see a different finale and encore than other fans have seen on tour so far.
June 7, 2022 AJR Setlist
- Bummer Land
- 3 o’clock clock things
- Dear winter / The trick
- Much less sad
- Trumpet interlude
- I Won’t (unreleased song)
- The smallest violin in the world
- Humpty Dumpty
- The good part
- Burn down the house
All in all a very solid setlist, the show lasted around 90 minutes. In reality, once a band has that many songs, they won’t have time to play all the fan-favorite songs. Although it is the month of June, Christmas in June was not retained. Other fan favorites missing from the list are:
“Break My Face” (neotheater), “Adventure is out there” (OK Orchestra), “My Play” (OK Orchestra), “Netflix Trip” (The click) and “Come Hang Out” (The click.). Just because the band aren’t currently playing those songs doesn’t mean they won’t be back. The Good Part has returned, so don’t rule anything out with this group of talented brothers.
It’s all in the details.
The AJR concerts are packed with detail, from colorful graphics to insightful band stories. With lighter moments, like Ryan trying on a hat from the audience at every show. One of the biggest differences between the Neotheather Tour and the OK Orchestra Tour was the use of color in the graphics. On the previous tour, the graphics were much more black and white with lots of shapes. This time there were so many vibrant colors, which really jumped and jumped off the projection screen. Jack and Ryan Met both have a condition called synesthesia. This was discussed once on the Zach Sang Show, among other interviews. I wonder if those bright colors are how the duo sees their latest record.
During Joe’s performance, world beatbox champion Kenny Urban joined Ryan on stage during the song. The tune also had different lyrics near the end from what can be heard on the album’s official track. One song that fans may have heard that is missing from all of the band’s current albums is their unreleased track I Won’t. The audience enjoyed the song and danced to it. Early feedback suggests the brothers have another shot on their hands.
The band mentioned time and time again how much they wanted their concert to feel like a Broadway show. Something they do at the end of every tour date that I’ve never seen them do after a gig before is they play credits. The creativity, thoughtfulness and importance of this detail cannot be overstated. Much like the credits you see at the end of a TV show or movie, these credits provide more detail about what you just witnessed, and they give a special shout out to anyone working if hard behind the scenes to make the stars look good. While many fans already started leaving once the credits started rolling, it shouldn’t be underestimated how cool it is that they’re even rolling.
In the end, since there were no button fans in Oklahoma City, they were treated to a vintage finale with LED figure suits, individual drums, and lots of bright lights. It was an epic finale, which may not be used by the band again. This was the same finale used for the band’s virtual One Spectacular Night concert in December 2020 (the digital event was rebroadcast on the anniversary in 2021).
If you like the sound of their show, you might still have a chance to be a part of the atmosphere AJR has 11 more US dates on the schedule before heading overseas later this summer and into the fall. It’s more than a concert, it’s an immersive experience that I highly recommend. You are guaranteed to feel much less sad after the show.