Rush tribute band to rock Ephrata Main

By on October 19, 2016
Solar Federation, a Rush tribute band, will appear at Ephrata Main Theatre on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

Solar Federation, a Rush tribute band, will appear at Ephrata Main Theatre on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

Central PA-based Rush tribute band Solar Federation will play the Ephrata Main Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 19, to commemorate the Canadian band’s legacy as one of rock music’s most respected trios and celebrated live acts.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. The venue is located at 124 E. Main St., Ephrata.

Rush recently commemorated its 40th anniversary with a career-spanning tour that is likely to be the band’s last.

“The timing is right for us,” explained Solar Federation’s drummer and founding member, Ffej Herb. “Interest in Rush is at an absolute peak right now, and there is a high demand from fans to see and hear this music played live on stage.”

The event will also feature a free screening of the R40 Live concert, officially released by Rush in November 2015. The two-and-a-half-hour concert film will follow Solar Federation’s performance, which will feature a 90-minute set comprised exclusively of songs not performed during the retrospective R40 Tour.

“You can’t fake it with this band,” said Herb. “Rush fans are incredibly loyal and know the music inside and out. We rehearsed for an entire year before we even posted a teaser video on our Facebook page.”

And fans are starting to take notice. The band has captured the attention of RushCon, the largest North American gathering of Rush fans, and in August 2016 appeared as its “Tribute Band of the Month” on RushCon.org.

Tickets are strictly limited to 175 seats. The show is open to all ages, and advance tickets are available for $10 at ephratamain.com, or $12 at the door.

Solar Federation front woman Julie Schreiber belts out a tune at Tellus360, backed by bassist Mike Bitts. The Rush tribute band will appear at Ephrata Main Theatre on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

Solar Federation front woman Julie Schreiber belts out a tune at Tellus360, backed by bassist Mike Bitts. The Rush tribute band will appear at Ephrata Main Theatre on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.  (Photos from solarfederationband.com)

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