Celebrating their 10th anniversary of creating wildly inventive music, The Red Sea Pedestrians are a full-blown, instrument-swapping fusion between tradition and the here-and-now. We’re talkin’ high-energy world-beat grooves, hypnotic laments from the earth, songs of celebration and wonder; a warped and beautiful blend of American Roots, Rock, Klezmer, Gypsy, Classical and Jazz, all filtered through the band’s original vision.
RSP are a melting pot of six distinct singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists, almost a self-contained variety show. Their sound is first defined by the sweet interplay between clarinet and violin, further colored by a kaleidoscope of guitar, banjo, keyboard and mandolin, and driven by a rhythm section deep in the pocket. Multi-layered lyrics, rich harmonies, and masterful playing complete the experience. This is a band that can pull you in with a tender folk ballad, get you up and dancing to a ragtime jam, break into a frantic instrumental barn-burner, and then blow your mind with a heavy psychedelic rock freakout.
Their captivating live shows and ambitious CDs have been getting rave reviews and building a dedicated fan base throughout Michigan's independent music community for over a decade, including back-to-back WYCE Jammie Awards for Best Roots Album for "Adrift" (2010) and "The Electromagnetic Escape" (2011). The bands’ 6th CD will be released in summer of 2016.