The Edjacated Phools are a 6-piece fusion band based in Baltimore, MD. Comprised of Devin Barone (drums), Tyler Garrison (bass), Nick Hatzis, (vocals) Kyle Sappington (vocals), Logan Sappington (guitar, vocals), and Ben Yancheski (keys), they combine an energetic blend of rock, reggae, hip-hop, ska and alternative influences into a unique sound.
The band played its first show in January of 2015, and since then have had the privilege of playing alongside several accomplished national artists, including: Wyclef Jean, The Expendables, Badfish, Jesse Royal, Coolio, The Green, The Movement, Cappadonna (of Wu-Tang Clan), Big Something, Bumpin Uglies, RDGLDGRN, Roots Of Creation, Tropidelic, People’s Blues of Richmond, and Passafire.
In April 2016, Edjacated Phools recorded and released their debut EP under legendary reggae producer Jim Fox (Inner Circle, Rebelution, SOJA, The Wailers, Don Carlos) at Lion and Fox Studios in College Park, MD.
The band organized and curated the very first Hightopps Backstage Bash music festival in Baltimore County in September 2016. The band recently presented the third annual Hightopps Backstage Bash along with headliners The Movement, RDGLDGRN, Sun-Dried Vibes, and Electric Love Machine.
The band had an exciting 2017, signing with Raised Fist Records in August and releasing their debut album, Check The Vibes, in September.
The Phools have continued building their presence in 2018, having played their second supporting slot for Badfish at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on April 20th. The band also opened for Coolio at Baltimore Soundstage on May 2nd, played with Cappadonna of Wu-Tang Clan in New York City on July 26th, and directly supported the legendary Wyclef Jean at Power Plant Live in Baltimore on August 17th.
Edjacated Phools were recently nominated in the Best Reggae Artist for the 2018 Maryland Music Awards, and are looking forward to more new music and success in 2019.