The Ocean Blue treated their fans to dreampop melodies at a sold-out Union Stage in DC on Friday night. Although The Ocean Blue are best known from their earlier hits in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the band has just finished recording a new album, and they ventured out on a short five-city tour in support of their new material.
The venue quickly filled as fans crowded the stage, proudly wearing t-shirts in support of their favorite band. The audience was very eager to see The Ocean Blue perform! Opening for the evening was ’90s indie-pop band Riverside, who also brought devoted fans to the concert.
Following a 40-minute set by Riverside, The Ocean Blue took the stage. While only two of the current band members are part of the original line-up, The Ocean Blue performed their classic favorites perfectly. The band’s original lead singer, David Schelzel, informed the audience that they planned to play many favorites but also several new songs. These songs included “Kings” and “It Takes So Long” — both new songs from an album that the band has just finished.
Most of the songs that The Ocean Blue performed were from their 1989 release, Ocean Blue, and their 1992 release, Cerulean. They performed their first seven singles, including crowd favorites, “Myron,” “Ask Me Jon,” and “Vanity Fair.” The Ocean Blue wrapped up the evening with a five-song encore.
The Ocean Blue will perform shows in four other cities this October, including Minneapolis, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles later this month. Check out the band’s schedule, and see them near you! Meanwhile, enjoy some images from The Ocean Blue and Riverside from Union Stage on Sept. 28, 2018. All photos copyright and courtesy of Shantel Breen.