Welcome To ProgDay!
ProgDay is an annual outdoor festival of progressive music featuring artists from all over the world. Some bands have come from as close as Raleigh, North Carolina, and others from as far away as Sweden, Italy, Venezuela and Indonesia. ProgDay has been held every year since it's birth in 1995, making it the longest running progressive rock event in the world.
The first ProgDay was a single day concert organized by Peter Renfro. For the first six years of ProgDay's history, Peter more or less ran it alone. Though artistically successful, financial success was elusive and on the weekend of ProgDay 2000 it was announced that ProgDay
But before that weekend was over an unprecedented thing occurred. By the end of Sunday afternoon a group of people in attendance who had a deep affection for the event decided to take over production of the festival themselves. So ProgDay was reborn as a grassroots collective of fans which held it's first concert on Labor Day weekend, 2001.
Since then the organization has been run by consensus, with a band committee responsible for choosing the artists, a budget committee to oversee the financials, and a promotions committee to get the word out. All of these people are volunteers who labor for the love of the music. They receive no compensation, yet every year they put in a tremendous amount of work to make ProgDay the best it can be.
Over the years ProgDay has hosted many memorable and important performances. ProgDay is responsible for the first American appearances of many bands from progressive rock's "golden era" including Kraan (Germany), Samla Mammas Manna (Sweden), Arti é Mestieri (Italy), Ain Soph (Japan), Trettioariga Kriget (Sweden) and Tempano (Venezuela), as well as US debuts by more recent bands like Beardfish (Sweden), Uzva (Finland), Naikaku (Japan), Accordo Dei Contrari (Italy), Panzerballett (Germany), Qoph (Sweden), Apocalypse (Brazil), NeBeLNeST (France), Amarok (Spain), Cabezas De Cera (Mexico), and many others. ProgDay presented the first major US appearance of the Muffins after their reunion in 1998. It was only their second time in the US when Pain Of Salvation and The Spacious Mind played ProgDay. ProgDay also has a tradition of showcasing outstanding newer and up-and-coming bands like Panzerballett (Germany), Consider The Source (US), Fibonacci Sequence (US), The Tea Club (US) and Mahogany Frog (Canada).B.
The folks at ProgDay have once again worked hard to bring you the best in progressive music. We hope that you'll join us this year for another great weekend of music, friendship and fun.
Click on the links below to get more information on past ProgDays:
• Acts that have performed at ProgDay as of 2012: 135
Countries And Bands At A Glance
• BRAZIL: Apocalypse
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