Cancelled: Solar Federation (Performing the Music of Rush)

Cancelled: Solar Federation (Performing the Music of Rush)

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Ages 21+
Attention all planets! This is the return of Solar Federation.

In 2015, Rush celebrated its 40 th anniversary with a career-spanning tour that proved to be the band’s swan song. The

death of the band’s legendary drummer and lyricist, Neil Peart, in January 2020 sent shock waves across the rock music

community and put to rest any rumors of the band ever performing again. Yet interest in Rush’s music is still at an

absolute peak, and 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


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. Over the last five years, Solar Federation has become known as a

faithful tribute to the music of Rush and is widely respected within the vast community of Rush fans around the globe.

Following the death of Peart, Solar Federation received the extreme honor of being asked to perform at A Night for Neil,

a memorial tribute concert organized by Peart’s parents and family as well as the nonprofit organization, Overtime

Angels. The concert is scheduled to be held in Peart’s hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, at the Meridian Center on

Saturday, April 17, 2021.

“You can’t fake it with this band,” said Herb. “Rush fans are incredibly loyal and know the music inside and out.”

Rush has long been recognized for its legions of devoted fans from all corners of the world. “I was floored to learn that

people travel from all over the Mid-Atlantic region to attend our shows,” said Herb. “To me, that not only speaks

volumes about the loyalty of Rush fans, but it’s also a testament to the quality of our band.”

Solar Federation:

Mike Bitts – bass, keyboards

Ffej Herb – drums, cymbals, percussion

Julie Schreiber – lead vocals

Eric Wirsing – guitar, backing vocals

Venue Information:
Tellus360 - The Temple
24 East King St
Lancaster, PA, 17602