‘Off The Rails’ entertains vintage rock fans




‘Off the Rails’ entertained audiences last weekend at the Virgin Valley Theater with classic rock and British Invasion favourites. PHOTO BY BOBBIE GREEN/Progress

The Mesquite Community Theater was packed with fans of classic 60s rock music on Saturday night, February 5.
“Off the Rails;” a trio of singer-guitarists Al Vysinks, Jim Blanco and John Maystadt entertained the audience with the sounds of classic rock; specifically the British invasion.

This group of senior citizens, all from Sun City, formed four years ago because of their shared love of the sounds of vintage 60s British bands. They have been performing for three years.

The group sang their favorite music from the Beatles, The Monkey’s, Rolling Stones and more, to the delight of the audience.

Most refreshing was the fact that they weren’t trying to physically imitate or act like any of the original bands whose songs they were singing. They honored the bands by singing the songs with respect while being themselves.

They also added a bit of humor along the way, like “If you know the song, please sing along. It will help.”

When they announced a song by Roy Orbison, the question started, who among these deep-voiced singers will attempt this? They sang his song beautifully about four octaves lower, it worked, and they stayed true to themselves.

The older people in the audience with hearing aids I’m sure enjoyed the pleasant sound level of the music. The sound wasn’t deafening like some bands do. They had an array of different guitars on stage and they played them all with enthusiasm.

First-time participants Dennis and Judy Bathurst commented on how great it was to hear and be able to understand the lyrics to the songs they sang.
“Those were beautiful words,” added Judy.
“Off the Rails” is playing locally around town and they’re also looking for a drummer!
This concert kicked off a busy month at the Virgin Valley Theatre.

But there is more to come. February 19 is the Southern Nevada Symphony at 7 p.m.
On February 25, the Western Round-up comes to town for a series of cowboy poetry and music performances. The party starts Friday at 7 p.m., with additional performances on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Mesquite Community Theater production of the melodrama “Wedding Bell Blues” will be held at the theater March 11-26. The performances will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., on Sundays at 2 p.m.

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