Maze is a soul and quiet storm band that came to be in San Francisco in the late 1970s. The band’s popularity on the music scene heightened when it was introduced to legendary artist Marvin Gaye. Gaye took Maze on tour with him and played a large part in the band signing with Capitol Records in 1976. The band has since established an undeniable presence in the African American music arena.
Georgia-based reggae fusion band Passafire was formed in 2003 while its members were still students at Savannah College of Art and Design. Since the 2006 release of its self-titled debut album, Passafire has offered a reggae-rock sound with understated elements of jazz, dub, ska and hard rock. For its fourth studio album Start From Scratch, released in 2011, the band makes use of synthesizers as well as banjo and harmonica tones for a half synthetic and half organic sound.
The University of South Carolina is a public research facility located in Columbia, South Carolina that was founded in 1801. The Gamecocks are the sports teams that compete for the school in the National CollegiateAthleticAssociation's Division I. The name "Gamecock" is a moniker that pays respects to Thomas Sumter, a SouthCarolinianwar hero who was given the nickname "The Carolina Gamecock" during the Revolutionary War for his impressive fighting tactics that didn't rely on his physicality or size of company.
UK five-piece The Riff Raff sums up modern Britpop with its lively harmonies and guitar-driven melodies that reflect Madchester bands of the past as well as post punk revivalists. Formed in 2006, the band has since won over several BBC Radio DJs and even Sir Paul McCartney, who have all proclaimed the group as England's rising star. While The Riff Raff's recorded material doesn't quite do the band justice, easily able to fade into the background, its live performances are truly impressive and rather charming.