About the Band

“Mood Lifters – A Tribute to Rush” is based in Southern California.  Though Mood Lifters officially launched in late 2021, its members have faithfully reproduced the music of Rush in live performance for many years.  

The Mood Lifters are: 

Rocky Kuner – vocals;

Isamu Kakitani – bass guitar, keyboards, pedals;

Ben King, guitar;

Mat Miranda, drums & percussion. 

Singer Rocky Kuner was a founding member of the Rush tribute “YYNOT,” touring nationwide with that band for a number of years.  Guitarist Ben King and bassist/keyboardist Isamu Kakitani were formerly with “Xanadoodz – A Tribute to Rush,” playing a large number of venues in San Diego and Orange County CA, including the House of Blues, Ramona Mainstage, and the main stage at the San Diego County Fair.  Drummer/percussionist Mat Miranda is a regularly touring professional drummer who is definitely up to the task of replicating Neil Peart’s challenging rhythms.  Mat was born into a drumming household and has played classic and progressive rock drums practically from the moment his hands were grown enough to grasp a pair of drumsticks!  

Like the band they tribute, all members of Mood Lifters are committed to a simple concept — that the music of Rush deserves to be honored by faithful and accurate reproduction, with energy and enthusiasm, in every single performance.