It’s taken me a long time to put the pieces together of the past lives I think I’ve lived. Most of it is still a mystery – an ancient necklace that isn’t new to me, that I can describe in detail, that I’m sure I’ve seen in person at some point. A new friend that feels familiar, that seems like I’ve known for centuries, not seconds. Memories of moments, perceptions of places that have a really personal presence. Deja vu is a common occurrence in my life. It also is the name of a local band!
The De’ja’vu Band, as you might expect, is a recollection of retro rock. From “Blue Bayou” and “Johnny Be Good” to “Mustang Sally,” “My Girl,” and “Margaritaville,” this band brings back musical memories. They are a jam journey that encapsulates eras, playing songs from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. They cover all kinds of rock – they will “Rock Around the Clock,” do the “Crocodile Rock,” and play that “Old Time Rock and Roll.” You can see a set for yourself on December 31st at the Oglebay New Year’s Eve Bash.
With over 20 years of experience, they emulate everything as close as they can, being dutiful to details in songs such as “Rama Lama Ding Dong” and “Dancing Queen.” They’re not just classic, they’re classy. Singing songs such as “16 Candles” and “Surfing U.S.A.,” they have something for everyone to savor. They’ve performed in a lot of places, including the Italian Heritage Festival and at the Waterfront Wednesdays Concert Series. With Duke Provenzano on keyboards and vocals, Melanie Provenzano on vocals, Bill Sinclair on guitar and vocals, Mike Sponaugle on bass and vocals, and Buddy Filben on drums and percussion, there’s no kind of confusion – you have heard it before, you’ve sang along to these songs, and your past can be a part of your present!