The Red Sea Pedestrians are a one-of-a-kind, 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 Klezmer, Gypsy, Jazz and American Roots, all filtered through the band’s original vision.
RSP are a melting pot of five distinct singer/songwriters, almost a self-contained variety show. Their sound is first defined by the sweet interplay between clarinet and violin, and is colored by three singers and multi-instrumentalists, as well as skilled percussion that provides the backbone to a musical experience that is both harmonically and rhythmically gratifying. The band members are also students of the great records of the sixties (notably late Beatles), and hence they have created a realm that is both comforting and challenging to the listener. Multi-layered lyrics, rich harmonies, and masterful playing complete the story.
Their captivating live shows and ambitious CDs have been getting rave reviews and building an energetic buzz throughout Michigan's independent acoustic music community, including back-to-back WYCE Jammie Awards for Best Roots Album for "Adrift" (2010) and "The Electromagnetic Escape" (2011).
The Red Sea Pedestrians have performed at Michigan-area venues and festivals including The Ark (Ann Arbor),Wheatland Music Festival (Remus), The Michigan Theater (Ann Arbor), Blissfest Music Festival (Cross Village), the Earthwork Harvest Gathering (Lake City), The Porcupine Mountains Music Festival (Ontonagon), Coopers Glen Music Festival (Kalamazoo), Nor East’r Music Festival (Mio), Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo), Founder’s Brewery (Grand Rapids), LVD’s Concert Hall (Goshen, IN), and both the 2008 and 2010 WYCE Jammie Awards (Grand Rapids).