Hailing from Central Pennsylvania, Solar Federation performs the music of Rush with passion and precision, tuning into
all the fine details die-hard fans analyze with every spin of an album. Formed in 2014, the band spent an entire year
honing its initial set list and rehearsing what is often called the most complex catalog of songs in rock music. After only a handful of live performances, the band established itself as one of the premier Rush tributes on the East Coast, garnering praise from fans for its accurate interpretation of the material, meticulous attention to detail, and vocalist Julie Schreiber’s passionate delivery of Rush’s dynamic melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. Over the last eight years, Solar Federation has become known as a faithful tribute to the music of Rush and has earned respect among the vast community of Rush fans around the globe.
Following the death of Rush’s legendary drummer Neil Peart, Solar Federation was invited to perform at A Night for Neil, a memorial tribute concert organized by Peart’s family and the nonprofit organization, Overtime Angels. The concert was held in Peart’s hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, at the Meridian Center on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Solar Federation was the only Rush tribute band from the United States invited to perform. The band headlined the event with an hour-long closing set that brought down the house.
Also, the bands version of the epic track “The Necromancer” was selected for inclusion on the Neil Peart tribute album, Songs for Neil: Volume 3, released September 12, 2022 on what would have been his 70th birthday. The album’s artwork was designed by longtime Rush collaborator and album cover artist, Hugh Syme. Proceeds of album sales benefit Cancer Support Scotland (UK) and Glioblastoma Foundation Neil Peart research Award (USA).
Locally, Solar Federation was voted “Best Tribute Band” at the 3rd annual Central PA Music Awards held at Hershey
Theatre on March 24, 2022. The band has been nominated once again for this award in 2022. “You can’t fake it with this band,” said Ffej Herb, Solar Federation’s drummer. “Rush fans are incredibly loyal and know this music inside and out.” Rush is widely 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.”
Mike Bitts – bass, keyboards
Ffej Herb – drums, cymbals, percussion
Julie Schreiber – lead vocals
Eric Wirsing – guitar, backing vocals