Self-described as high performance rock and roll, RAQ has been going strong since its 2001 inception. With their unique sound, featuring complex song structure coupled with quirky-yet-accessible lyrics and a healthy dose of full-band improvisation, RAQ delivers a strong presence to their allegiant fans nationwide.


Hailing from Burlington, Vermont, the band began with the name "Shadraq", but shortened the name to RAQ before cutting their debut album Shed Tech. The bands unique sound developed while playing to ardent fans in local Burlington clubs.


Over the past several years, RAQ has taken the stage at festivals such as Bonnaroo, High Sierra Music Festival, Langerado, Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, Summer Camp, Gathering of the Vibes, Adirondack Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Camp Bisco and aboard the floating festival, Jam Cruise.


One of the reasons behind RAQ's highly successful tour past is due to their compositions being grounded in solid song structures, but still being malleable enough to go in infinite directions in the live setting. This keeps the quartet's devout following and first time listeners yearning for more as the audience is taken along on the collective journey. Their extensive repertoire of original compositions and eclectic selection of covers give the band the freedom to create a unique set list for every show.


The wait is over, RAQ is back!


  • Chosen by Jambands.com as the "New Groove of the Month" in 2005 and was nominated for a "Jammy" Award in the category of "Best New Band"
  • Relix Magazine featured the band in its Spotlight section saying "RAQ has the ability to captivate an audience, dropping jaws with hyperkinetic improvisational splendor."
  • The band ended a 20 month hiatus with the announcement of a show on April 30, 2010 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City