credit: Ismael Quintanilla
As comfortable in small intimate venues as they are on large festival stages, RAS transforms every audience they reach with a refreshing magic and flair that few possess today. In everything they touch, ceremony scrapes the floor and atmosphere - hopping through, from seam to seam, cloaked in their own ideas of regalia and change, Riders Against the Storm cast out invitations to world - come and party. From beginning to end, audiences need to get ready for what Deborah Senguptah Stith (Austin American Statesman music writer) calls a 'post-milennial second-coming of George Clinton's mothership.'
Aside from headlining many shows throughout the country, RAS has opened for national recording acts, including: K'Naan, KRS-ONE, Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Slick Rick, Pharoahe Monch, PJ Morton, Dam Funk, Nas, Nitty Scott, Rakim, Damian Marley, ?uestlove (of The Roots), Antibalas, Sun Ra Arkestra, Devin the Dude, The Coup, Michael Franti, Dead Prez, The Geto Boys, George Clinton, Jean Grae, Leikeli47, and Saul Williams.
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