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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

The SolidFellaz will rock your house anytime

SolidFellaz band members Ben Clark (drums), Cole Crook (bassist), Michael Krebsbach (acoustic guitar and vocals), Nick Bossio (lead guitar and vocals) and Joey Epstein (trumpet). Photo By || Randy Briggs || [email protected]

Walking toward the rusted metal gate, I can’t help but notice the industrial area surrounded by construction equipment and supplies. Homeless people wander around not too far from the gate. However, behind this gate are the SolidFellaz, a band of musicians practicing their music.

Now entering a garage-like building I see a very cool design on the wall. This design inside the garage was a collage of eight different bands of different genres. One of the designs is a singed, tattered American flag which stands above a couch.

Surrounded by equipment in the middle, the SolidFellaz jam away at their alternative music. The band consists of five members:  City College student and political science major Michael Krebsbach, Nick Bossio, Ben “Ben-jammin” Clark, Cole Crook and Joey Epstein or “The Virgin.”

The band started 10 years ago when Bossio and Krebsbach went to high school together in Folsom. The two men started writing songs together and played guitar constantly. Unfortunately though, Krebsbach left the band to go into the army and began working full time and started a family with his wife, which halted the band’s plans.

Krebsbach came back from the service to meet up with Bossio once again and the members started writing songs together and also worked at Bossio’s construction business.

“After we had about [a few] songs laid down we were like ‘we need a band,’” says Bossio as he recalls how the SolidFellaz revamped the band.

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Drummer Ben Clark practices with the SolidFellaz March 21 in north Sacramento. Photo By || Randy Briggs || [email protected]

After Bossio and Krebsbach had written their songs, they recruited two more members. Bossio got his little brother Ben or “Ben-jammin” to play drums and his friend Cole to play bass. Also, after many emails and phone calls, Epstein came along to play the trumpet.

The band’s style can be considered unique. According to the members, they range from Reggae to the Blues. However, a more concrete style to name would be alternative reggae.

“It’s honestly a lot different style than I’ve always been used to,” says Crook. “But, you know, it’s good because, if you really love playing music, any type of music you can grab yourself with, you will want to learn how to play, you will want to adapt.”

The band’s leader is Bossio, lead guitarist; Krebsbach, acoustic guitar; and Crook on the bass. Clark is on the drums and Epstein blows away on the trumpet. The vocals are a mixture between Bossio and Krebsbach. The song writing is a team effort between Bossio and Krebsbach as well.

The SolidFellaz have no intention of being a top-of-the charts billboard band. According to the band they just want to create good music and are doing it for Sacramento because their friends have family here and they just want to make people happy with their music.

“We’re all really basically trying to make women happy,” says Krebsbach. “We figure if you can make women happy then you got everybody because nobody is happy if Momma isn’t happy.”

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