New England Rockers OSB to Celebrate Independence Day with Troops in Iraq and Kuwait

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After spending the past year headlining shows across New England and opening for major acts such as Gavin DeGraw, American HiFi, New Found Glory, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Massachusetts rockers OSB will take to the world stage performing for troops in Iraq and Kuwait as part of the Stars for Stripes 4th of July celebrations.

After spending the past year headlining shows across New England and opening for major acts such as Gavin DeGraw, American HiFi, New Found Glory, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Massachusetts rockers OSB will take to the world stage performing for troops in Iraq and Kuwait as part of the Stars for Stripes 4th of July celebrations.

During the week of July 1-8, OSB will perform shows with American Idol finalist Jessica Sierra. The tour is hosted by USAREUR/MWR (United States Army Europe – Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) in cooperation with Stars for Stripes

Stars for Stripes works in conjunction with Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE), USAREUR, MWR and AFE (Armed Forces Entertainment) to take quality, celebrity entertainment into the remote sites where the troops need the moral boost the most. Throughout the tour, OSB will experience military life first-hand as they live and eat where the troops live and eat, are transported in military vehicles, and perform for the most appreciative audiences they will ever entertain. Following every performance, Stars for Stripes entertainers typically sign autographs for everyone, no matter how long the line or how many hours it takes for everyone to get an autograph and have their photo made with the celebrity.

“We consider it a great honor to have been selected for the Stars for Stripes Tour over Independence Day,” said Brendan Mahoney, OSB’s lead singer. “Our troops overseas give so much of themselves every single day, putting themselves in harms way so that we can continue to live the American dream. Being able to go to Iraq and Kuwait to entertain them is one small thing we can do to say thank you.”

Although still young, OSB has developed into a pop-rock band with the maturity and presence of a seasoned group. Their shows exhibit raw energy and melody by fusing rock, blues, jam and groove while maintaining a catchy pop sound. With their upbeat sound and the raw vocals of Brendan Mahoney, OSB draws frequent comparisons to Gavin DeGraw. The warm melodies of Kevin Hennessey's keyboard are reminiscent to that of Bruce Hornsby and Alex Attella's guitar licks are both technically and melodically successful at blending elements of fusion blues and classic rock. Bringing it all together are the smooth grooves of Aaron Tringuk on the drums, and Jeff Burch's steady pocket bass lines.

Combined with their hard work, the band’s fan base seems to be growing exponentially. Much like the Dave Matthews Band, OSB captures a diverse listening audience crossing over various genres and demographics in the process. And that is why they were named Best Pop Rock Band, and won awards for Best Male Vocals and Best Album at the Pulse Music Awards in April. These honors are not new to OSB. Last year, OSB was voted Best Pop Rock band by Worcester magazine and in 2004, OSB won the Budweiser True Music Battle of the Bands.

OSB’s first album release The Grey Area has received praise from countless critics and was selected as Best Album by Pulse Magazine in April 2006. Upon return from their Independence Day tour, the band will look towards the release of their sophomore album Transitions.

For more information on OSB and Stars for Stripes visit http://www.osbband.com and http://www.starsforstripes.com.

About Stars for Stripes

Stars for Stripes is a non-profit 501© 3 organization dedicated to providing quality entertainment to internationally deployed U.S. military forces. Bringing together professionals from aviation, entertainment and the military, Stars for Stripes is improving the overseas tour experience for performers, sponsors, donors, and most importantly, for the dedicated men and women protecting our national interests.

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