July 30, 2016 · 9:00pm

9pm
$5 cover

An Evening of Rush with Solar Federation

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ATTENTION ALL PLANETS!!! They’re back! They’ll have some new material and hopefully some other surprises in store for you as well. Doors open at 8pm. Solar Federation assumes control at 9pm sharp.

Solar Federation is the brainchild of Ffej Herb (herbie), a seasoned Central PA-based drummer whose life-long obsession with Rush has led him on many musical journeys since he first began playing at age 8. Although the idea of starting a band exclusively dedicated to covering Rush sparked many years ago, it wasn’t until he finally met fellow Rush fanatic and director/instructor at The Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center, Eric Wirsing (Julie Schreiber Band), that the idea became a reality. With two of the core members of the band solidified, they set out on the daunting task of finding a Geddy Lee. This quest resulted in splitting Geddy’s parts among three equally qualified musicians: local bass giant and prog rock disciple Mike Bitts (The Innocence Mission); trained vocalist and Berklee College alum Julie Schreiber (Julie Schreiber Band), and multi-instrumentalist Joey Dougherty (The Heavy Push). Realizing that Rush was never known for its looks or fashion sense, the band decided that it would be better to focus on accurate representations of the challenging material rather than struggle with the limitations of a three-piece, kimono-wearing, prosthetic-nose-donning tribute band. And thus Solar Federation was born. Prepare for this band to assume control!

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