Flashback! At The Flash
SOLAR FEDERATION (A Tribute to Rush) & TARKUS (A Tribute to Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
In 2015, Rush celebrated its 40th anniversary with a career-spanning tour that was sadly the band’s swan song. With interest in Rush still at an absolute peak, there is a high demand from fans to see and hear this music played live on stage.
Enter Solar Federation.
Hailing from Central PA, Solar Federation performs the music of Rush with passion and precision, tuning into all of the fine details that die-hard fans analyze with every spin of an album. The brainchild of seasoned drummer Ffej Herb, Solar Federation begins with his life-long obsession with Rush. Although the idea of starting a band exclusively dedicated to Rush’s music sparked many years ago, it wasn’t until he finally met fellow Rush fanatic and guitar virtuoso Eric Wirsing 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 the inevitable splitting of Geddy’s role between two equally qualified musicians: Lancaster, PA’s own legendary Mike Bitts on bass and keys, and the four-octave voice of Berklee-trained Julie Schreiber.
In order to tackle the enormous undertaking of performing Rush’s music at a level deemed acceptable to its fans, Solar Federation spent an entire year honing its initial set list and rehearsing what is often called the most complex and difficult catalog of songs to perform in all of rock music. After only a handful of live performances, the band quickly established itself as the premier female-fronted Rush tribute band on the East Coast, garnering praise from fans for its accurate interpretation of the material, meticulous attention to detail, and Schreiber’s passionate delivery of Rush’s dynamic melodies and thought-provoking lyrics.
Mike Bitts – bass, keyboards
Ffej Herb – drums, cymbals, percussion
Julie Schreiber – lead vocals
Eric Wirsing – guitar, backing vocals
Our band is named after the Iconic Progressive Rock masterpiece Tarkus by ELP. This seven part 20 minute suite was released in 1971 on an album of the same name. Tarkus is three musicians that were heavily influenced by ELP during their formative years. We are dedicated to celebrating the compositional genius and groundbreaking work of this iconic trio. We are passionate about this music and pour everything we have into every live show.
Keith Turner – Keyboards
Joe Mignogna – Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Ritchie DeCarlo – Drums, Theremin, Electronics