It was recently announced that progressive rock group Rx Bandits will be embarking on their farewell tour this summer. The tour, lasting from June 26 to August 7, will take the Bandits to the four corners of the US. Most importantly for us, it will land them at The Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale on July 7.
The band released a brief statement on April 12 when they announced this would be their final tour:
“We would like to express our love and appreciation for all that you’ve done for us and how much a part of our growth you have been. We have all mutually decided that this summer will be our last tour. We love each other and love you all and hope to see you at the shows.”
The Rx Bandits are a study in musical evolution. With their roots in the third-wave ska revival, the Bandits went on to mature into something much more than a stereotypical ska band. By the end of their 16-year run as a band, the Bandits style had changed from simple horn-driven ska to carefully orchestrated rock odysseys rife with rhythmically and harmonically rich passages, all the while not sacrificing an ounce of energy.
From “Those Damn Bandits,” to “Mandala,” hearing the RX Bandits explore their sound and push the envelope has been a great pleasure. Personally, I hate to see them go, but at least we have one more chance to tear it up with the RX Bandits.