Spirit Parade is a new Baltimore-based band consisting of soul singer Ernesto J. Ponce, bassist Ethan Montgomery, drummer Arejay James, guitarist Dominick Tardogno , keyboardist Garrett Neal , and trombonist Lionel Abbott
The band originally formed as a backing band for Ernesto’s solo project, "The Dream is Gone" in 2014. After playing local radio (WTMD) and venues (The Metropolitan, Gallery 788, etc.)the band went into the studio to begin recording new material when it soon became evident that the material was taking a more mercurial form and Spirit Parade was born.
With the solid blues base of Ernesto’s solo material as a jumping point, the crew formed a six track EP released September 22nd, 2015 which in turned was recognized by veteran blues crooner, Ursula Ricks, who immediately recognized the viability of the bands neo-blues aesthetic. Spirit Parade featured Ursula Ricks while playing such gigs as Artscape Mainstage 2016 and showcases in PA by grammy winner David Ivory before continuing on it's own course.
In pursuit of it's own sound and style, SP has created a stunning collection of ten songs on their first full length effort "Worlds Apart" which masterfully mixes their diverse influences, creating a sound that is both familiar and novel.
It’s SP’s goal to provide a genre defying experience both through sound recordings and live performances while pulling from the traditional sounds of blues, soul, funk, and rock.
Past contributors to Spirit Parade are Steve Gallagher, Mathew Lampart, Garrett Neal, Mark St. Pierre, Gary Gilpin, Ryan Escolopio, Kirn Dangerus, and Ony Vega
All images copyright Brit Brashear 2015-2017