Every once in a while there comes a band that makes writing an article difficult. It wasn’t because they were horrible and I can not write anything about them. On the contrary, it is difficult to describe how enjoyable their music was and how it urged me to get up and dance. On Friday night at the Red Barn, Over the Wall gave a dynamic performance to everyone at the venue. To NASCAR fans, including myself, the term “over the wall” refers to the pit crews jumping over the wall at the pit stop. As fate would have it, they played on the night NASCAR was displayed on every TV in the bar.
Over the Wall started the night with a very strong blues song “Heartbreak Hotel”. It was immediately evident that the singer, Kaylee Bergin, was right in her element with a very strong voice and a hint of blues and gospel in her vocal style. She also played keys on a few tunes and her forte was out in front putting on a great stage show, albeit rather small at this venue for the patrons in the bar. The other members of Over the Wall consisted of: Peter R. J. Bergin on drums and percussion, Frankie Orona on guitar, Juan De Lara Jr. on bass guitar, and Jeremy Jones on saxophone and auxiliary percussion. It was exciting to hear a sax in a rock band, which you don’t see too often. Solos were performed by Frankie on guitar, Kaylee on keyboards, and Jeremy on saxophone. Each one of these musicians spawned huge applause when they took center stage.
The strength of this band is being able to perform any genre of music and adapt it to their unique style. This was most evident when they performed “Come Together” by the Beatles. It was an amazing rendition of this classic song. The bassist started with a twist on the original bass line that had a strong Red Hot Chili Peppers feel. Every other person in the band added a more upbeat feel, while Kaylee sang the song in her own soulful style. Much of the covers OTW performed had the same flair. Some other songs that were a highlight of the night were “Last Dance with Mary Jane” by Tom Petty, songs by Queens of The Stone Age, and Stir It Up by Bob Marley. A lot of people were drawn to the dance floor, and seemed to fill the bar by the middle of their set as they kept up this party atmosphere throughout.
These young musicians from Over The Wall are currently working their way through college. They are a very talented group that enjoys what they do. OTW performs regularly all over the valley. They will be performing at The Tack Room November 11th at 9PM, Plan B November 19th at 9PM, and back at the Red Barn November 25th at 9PM. This is a show that you don’t want to miss if you enjoy chart topping songs with a rockin’ twist!
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