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Spiritual Rez Biography
The Spiritual Rez reggae-ska-rock dance experience is an unabashed display of riveting showmanship. This Boston-based sextet was once described by legendary Tampa, FL venue Skipper’s Smokehouse as having “the ferocious live energy and bombast of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and P-Funk” blended with the their own signature “chill island grooves” and “raucous, urban tribal vibes.” Spiritual Rez’s infectious live shows feature powerful, heartfelt vocalization and interactive engagement with the audience, all fueled by deep, sub-sonic grooves, horny brass and the musical virtuosity of the players.
Founded eight years ago by the core rhythm section when they were at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, Spiritual Rez started off as a party band and evolved into a festival favorite over their last 5 years of extensive touring. Winners of a Boston Music Award for Best World Music Act, the band’s unique blend of reggae, funk, Afrobeat and rock has lead to Spiritual Rez sharing the stages with the likes of Steel Pulse, Israel Vibration, Parliament Funkadelic, Gregory Isaacs, SOJA, Badfish, innumerable high-profile jam and funk bands across the country and even—as a testament to their ability to entertain virtually any audience—opened for Jimmy Buffett. The band’s fourth release, due in the Spring of 2013, is a concept album entitled Apocalypse Whenever. Spiritual Rez will hit the road in support of the album, hitting all of the markets they have played in the past, and visiting new markets—satiating pent-up demand from fans—in an effort to establish the coast-to-coast tour circuit that will carry them through 2013 and beyond.