WARNING: MAJOR CHOPZILLA AHEAD IN 2017
A BIG YEAR IN LIVE FESTIVAL MUSIC
So many artists, so much music—and it is your duty to prioritize the time. Plenty of live action is happening this year on American shores worth checking out, especially at one-stop multi-revelry centers a/k/a independent progressive music festivals.
The season gets under way May 5–7 in Gettysburg, Pa.’s Majestic Theater with the annual Rites of Spring Festival, the world’s longest-running indoor prog fest. Scheduled to appear: Anglagard, Neal Morse Band, Moon Safari, Evership, Aaron Clift Experiment, Unified Past, The Fierce And The Dead, Kyros, ProgNation and Edensong. (For more details, visit rosfest.com.)
For progressive music fans in the nation’s upper-left corner, Seaprog
returns June 2–4 to Seattle’s Royal Room and Columbia City Theater
with the following 11 acts: Cabezas De Cera, Fraktal Phantom, Human
Ottoman, Ibex, Jack O’ The Clock, Moon Letters, Omni, Paraesthesia,
Pinto Wagonfire, Points North and The Machine That We Built.
(For more details, visit seaprogfest.org.)
Next on the calendar is the world’s longest-running progressive music festival period, indoors or out: ProgDay at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Sept. 2–3. Band announcements are imminent. (For more details, visit progday.net.)
Elsewhere, the era of exhaustive “cast of dozens” progressive music
festivals appears to have arrived. On the heels of Cruise to the Edge setting a standard for this exhaustive approach to multiday music binging, two other American events—the newly formed ProgStock Festival (New Jersey) and
Progtoberfest (Chicago)—have booked huge lineups.
Organized by members of New York band Circuline, New Jersey Prog House administrators and others, ProgStock is scheduled Oct. 13–15 at a
Jersey venue undetermined at press time but probably confirmed by the
time you read this. The preliminary bill lists 17 acts: Echolyn, Glass Hammer, The Tangent, Karmakanic, Randy McStine, Aisles, 3RDegree, Circuline, Rachel
Flowers, Francis Dunnery, Peter Jones (of Tiger Moth Tales), Resistor, The Tea Club, Cell 15, Rani Chatoorgoon, Jason Rubenstein and Echotest.
(For more details, visit progstock.com.)
The third edition of Progtoberfest will occur once again at Chicago club Reggie’s on Oct. 20–22 with the following 34 (!) performers named so far:
Martin Barre, Abacab, The Tangent, Karmakanic, Necromonkey, Luz de Riada, Lost World Band, Bruce Soord (of Pineapple Thief), Kinetic Element, Cast, Thank You Scientist, Frogg Café, Progger, Discipline, Aisles, Wobbler,
Schooltree, Wave Mechanics Union, New!, Echoes of Giants, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, King Llama, Karcius, In The Presence Of Wolves, Roswell,
Agori Tribe, Amalgam Effect, District 97, The Dave Kerzner Band, Sons of Ra, EYE, Five Of The Eyes, XMARSX and Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins.
(For more information, visit the Progtoberfest Guild page on Facebook.)
Also, the fifth edition of Cruise to the Edge has been set for Feb. 3–8, 2018, again on Royal Caribbean ship Brilliance of the Seas out of Tampa, Fla. with port stops in Belize and Costa Maya. Set to appear so far: Yes, Marillion, Saga, Gong, Martin Barre, Lifesigns, Moon Safari and Thank You Scientist, with many more to be announced. (For more details, visit cruisetotheedge.com.)