At a West of 5 performance, you'll hear those familiar top 40 favorites that move you to the dance floor. But, West of 5 really gets great pleasure at digging up the "hidden treasures" not often heard on the radio, but are favorites on people's mobile devices. In any given set, we'll bounce through the decades from the 70's to 20's. We have an extensive song list, which varies based on the venue.
Darci LaRae is a genuine entertainer and powerhouse vocalist with amazing versatility and vocal range to cover many musical styles and genres. She has performed across the US with various Top 40/Variety Show Bands, and throughout Europe and Asia with USO Tours International. Darci quickly connects to her audience with an infectious charm and innate talent that will have you riding the wave of her spectacular high energy performance
Bruce, a San Diego native, began playing keyboards at the age of 13 on a 500 pound Hammond B3 organ. It is rumored that he still owns the Hammond today and would bring it to gigs if the band would help him lift it on stage (which they won't!). Bruce's multi layered keyboards are integral to West of 5's diverse sound. Prior to joining West of 5, Bruce has played with many popular San Diego bands including The Risk, Who Cares, Indoor Fireworks, and Robyn Banx. Bruce also performs in Bottomline, where his keys can be found on 3 original albums. He's also performed on numeous single recordings and demo tracks. Among his influences are: Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Styx, Asia, ELO, and The Alan Parsons Project.
George is West of 5's newest member. Hailing from Miami, he's a great fit with West of 5 and we're thrilled to have him onboard. He's got a great, clean guitar style with incredible tone.
Michael was born in El Centro, where he began playing drums at the tender age of four. By the age of six, he was gigging with his uncle's band. His mother used to calm his early stage nerves by giving him chewing gum to help work off the excess energy. And energy is something Michael has plenty of! His drumming is amazingly powerful and quick at the same time. Michael has an immense drum set, which almost entirely surrounds him on stage. He has played with many popular San Diego bands such as Big City, Robyn Banx and Planet. He also performs in Bottomline. His drumming can also be found on 3 original albums by Bottomline and Big City. Michael's musical influences include: Dream Theatre (a major fan), Yes, Journey, and Styx .
From Albany, NY, Frank bought a bass with his high school graduation money. He asked his guitarist friend "How do you play this?". Later, that friend called him and asked him to join a band saying "We have a gig in 3 weeks". That was all it took and Frank was hooked. After a move to San Diego, was itching for the challenge, joy, and excitement of playing live music again. Frank became a founding member of West of 5. Frank's not flashy, but plays "in the pocket". His musical influences and bass idols include: John Taylor, John Paul Jones, James Jamerson, Sting, and John Entwhistle.
We enjoy playing and interacting with each other and have a lot of fun on stage. Darci is blessed with a powerhouse of a voice and an infectious stage presence. She radiates fun and will absorb you with the versatility of her voice. George masters the guitar with tasty licks and spot on guitar tone. Bruce's keys bring great depth and versatility to the sound of the band. He always has two hands on two different keyboards, with the perfect patch applied. People always marvel at Michael's drum set. Then, they hear him play and are even more impressed! The guy has some fast hands! Complimenting Michael's drumming is Frank on Bass. He's usually smiling and captivated by the groove.