Published on Apr 11, 2012
Highlights from the 2/4/12 debut of the rock opera, Over The Line, by Brian O'Connell. For more info go to Brian's website: www.brianvincentoconnell.com
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"...the music is quite rousing and satisfying - very intelligent, multi-dynamic prog-rock mixed with pop-folk - with tremendous musicians and singers adding brilliant coloration...the interactive puppets turn this story into a deeper fairy tale of contemplation and celebration. As they wander through the audience, we all become part of the dream. It's a very ambitious project that almost achieves a transcendent quality." - Review of Over the Line from The Noise Magazine, July/August 2012
With a 10-piece all star band featuring The Grass Gypsys, members of Brief Awakening, and assorted friends.
Over The Line, a high concept / low budget / multimedia / psychological rock opera about ideology, indoctrination, unwritten rules, and inner transformation written and directed by Brian O'Connell (known for his kinetic bass playing with Uncle Sammy, Gordon Stone, The Grass Gypsys, Gary Backstrom, and many others).
Over The Line is a rock song cycle set in a theatrical setting complete with larger than life sized puppet actors, theatrical narrative interludes, and a 10-piece band with 8 singers (4 women / 4 men). The band is comprised of the full lineup of The Grass Gypsys, which includes Justin & Colleen Kleya, Kevin Silvia, Sam Ward, Brian O'Connell; plus Kat Arrants Pettrucci & Kara Pettrucci of Brief Awakening, Dave Scandurra of The Excited People, Brian's wife Jenna O'Connell, and Joel Ockenheim of the Choir of Universal Sound. Abstract puppets and masks worn by the actors provided by The Boston Puppeteers Cooperative. The performance is in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston at Spontaneous Celebrations, a grassroots community center that organizes local creative arts programs and festivals.
Brian O'Connell - bass, guitar, vocals
Kat Arrants Pettrucci - vocals
Kara-Lynn Pettrucci - vocals
Jenna O'Connell - vocals
Colleen Kleya - vocals, percussion
Justin Kleya - guitar, vocals
Kevin Silvia - guitar, bass, vocals
Joel Ockenheim - keys
Sam Ward - drums
Dave Scandurra - percussion, glockenspiel, vocals
Hear what they're saying about Over The Line:
"If you love the theatrical rock inclinations of Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa, The Tubes, Phish, Todd Rundgren, and Pink Floyd then this show is for you!" - Margaret Thatcher
"The best part of the show was that they had big puppets...I loved the puppets." - Kenny McCormick
"Viva Over The Line!" - Subcomandante Marcos
"The archetypes that this particular piece of so called 'music theatre' presents are dangerous and should not be messed with by unqualified dilettantes such as Mr. O'Connell." - C.G. Jung
"I was both terrified and excited by Over The Line. Nice job." - Mayor Tom Menino
"I hated it. I think Prog-rock sucks." - Dave Mathews
"Brian O'Connell? Do you mean the football player? " - Bill Bruford
"Too bad this guy didn't take my songwriting course." - Dave Grohl