(September 3, 2013)
ProgDay would once again like to send out heartfelt thanks to all of the wonderful bands, attendees, crew and volunteers who continue to make ProgDay an exceptional concert event. We look forward to hosting our 20th anniversary show next year.
(August 18, 2013)
Drawn to the music of progressive rock, FARHOOD GHADIRI formed MAVARA (translation: "beyond everything you think") in Tehran in 2001. Counting PINK FLOYD, RUSH and ELOY among its strongest influences, the band has since released 3 albums, and despite the restrictions put on rock music in Iran, MAVARA has developed a fanbase in the Middle East and in parts of Europe where they have managed to perform. Known for its lush music, atmospheres and emotional vocals, MAVARA will be featuring music from its latest release, Season Of Salvation.
(August 15, 2013)
"This is quirky, offbeat stuff, filled with twisting time signatures, intriguing jazzy bits, noodling solo passages, gorgeous and quite poppy vocal harmonies...Whether it's the straight Canterbury styled prog of the "Train Ride Samba" suite (National Health meets Gryphon anyone?), the grungy prog of "Grungadelic," or the ripping prog-fusion of "Jasmine," complete with some scorching Zappa/Petrucci styled guitar solos, there's intriguing music at just about ever corner...a can't miss for any prog fan."
OUT OF THE BEARDSPACE is a six piece progressive rock outfit from South Jersey that formed in 2010. They moved into a house together in 2011, and later spent 6 months living on a mountain/farm in Virginia, growing their own food, playing music and practicing sustainable living. They returned more committed than ever to the band and its music. After two EPs and one album, the band has become known for its eclectic vision that features a mix of musical styles and approaches, all presented with skilled musicianship and finesse.
(August 12, 2013)
"Corima are a stunning amalgamation of musicians, bridging the past foundations of...Zeuhl and the modern musings of experimental fusion ...With Corima, I feel the sound is launched far into the future and grafted with shades of many worlds and still lives on its own regardless of the past foundations that are present...Every song is filled with an abundance of musical composition and directions to making music. To nail the intervals, spacing and free form embellishments that Corima achieves is a task all its own. To make it sound as tasteful and soothing as their full length Quetzalcoatl is really puts me back in my seat."
Corima is a young US band playing zeuhl music! The band formed a few years ago in Texas before moving to LA as a duo and then recruiting new members...Corima's music owes a lot to Magma...being a succession of personal ideas and heavy glimpses towards the master founder of the zeuhl genre. The cosmogony is no longer Kobaïan but deals with the Mexican myth of Quetzalcóatl (the feathered-snake God) who talks to his people... In short, Corima...pays homage to Magma in a very festive way, taking an approach rather similar to Koenjihyakkei.
ProgDay is very pleased to host the five piece band's first show on the east coast of the US.
(August 5, 2013)
OBLIVION SUN was formed by FRANK WYATT and STANLEY WHITAKER from the ashes of the legendary 70s prog band HAPPY THE MAN. Though HtM had reformed in 1999, practical considerations made it difficult for the band to create, rehearse and record. The result was that all the new material that Stan and Frank were writing was in danger of never being heard if it had to wait for a HtM release. The solution was OBLIVION SUN, which formed in 2006.
OBLIVION SUN's first record was released in 2007. (The first edition of the album was a "ProgDay Edition" that was only available at the band's performance at ProgDay 2007). While comparisons were immediately made to HtM, the debut clearly established OBLIVION SUN as a band with its own identity and voice, and Stan and Frank as musicians who still had a lot to say musically.
At ProgDay 2013, OBLIVION SUN will be featuring it's new release, The High Places, as well as material from the debut and some classic HtM.
Mörglbl and Hephystus at Local 506!
(August 4, 2013)
MÖRGLBL and HEPHYSTUS will be performing Saturday night of ProgDay weekend at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. For more information, please check out the Preshow page.
After turning in a powerhouse closing performance on Saturday of ProgDay 2011, the metal/jazz/prog trio returns to the ProgDay weekend with a Saturday evening show featuring material from the band's latest release, Brutal Romance.
One of the best kept secrets of the American progressive metal scene performs music from its debut and the new forthcoming album Fragmenting Shadows.
Sound Of Contact Cancels
(August 1, 2013)
We're sorry to say that Sound Of Contact has cancelled their North American tour and therefore will not be performing at this year's ProgDay. Please check back later for more band announcements.
(July 11, 2013)
"The influences...well...look no further than the opening track "Praxis" and you'll find 40 years of UK Prog and French exploration (in particular Crimso and Heldon) assembled into a melting pot that makes you gasp at its breadth and stature, quality and cohesion."
Drawing its inspiration from wide-ranging sources that include multi-cultural music, literary clues, horror and cinematic film scores, rock, avant-garde, electronic, prog, and psychedelic music, HERD OF INSTINCT creates a style that is all its own. The Texas-based band began in 2007 and has since released two albums on DJAM KARET's indie label Firepool Records. Though normally performing as a trio, for it's ProgDay performance the band will expand to a quartet to better capture the complexities of the studio recordings. HERD OF INSTINCT will be featuring material from the new 2013 release Conjure.
(July 9, 2013)
On Friday night, Local 506 will host a trio of performances by bands that have played the main stage at past ProgDays. For more information, please visit the PRESHOW page.
Often compared to bands like IZZ and Echolyn, 3RDegree will feature material from last year's critically acclaimed The Long Division.
One of the most original bands of the current scene performs its unclassifiable mix of progressive rock, Americana, jazz, and funk, featuring material from their upcoming album Hard Chargin'.
Half Past Four's creative modern progressive rock deftly straddles and side steps from one genre to another. The band will be performing material from their new 2013 release Good Things.
(June 23, 2013)
"What's left to be said about Miriodor that hasn't been said here and on just about every progressive rock review site throughout the web? Once heralded as 'Montreal's best kept progressive rock secret,' I think it is now safe to assume that the cat is out of the bag and people everywhere have come to realize that Miriodor is a musical juggernaut that just can't be stopped. With Avanti!, the band's seventh release, they merely managed to distance themselves from the competition by an even wider margin."
"What an amazing band ! I consider six of their seven studio albums as being essential... It's difficult to pick out a favorite because for me one doesn't really standout over the others, they're all amazing. A must for you adventurous music fans out there."
With a musical legacy that spans almost thirty years, MIRIODOR is one of the finest progressive bands to ever emerge from Canada. The band's debut immediately established an individual musical vision that has continued to evolve and mature with each release. Whether this Canterbury/Experimental/Avant band is romping through whimsical, pleasant and accessible lands or turning its attention to more angular, darker, heavier territory, the trip is always intriguing and the musicianship is always jaw-droppingly proficient.
MIRIODOR will be making an exclusive and rare US appearance at ProgDay 2013 in celebration of its eighth album, Cobra Fakir, to be released at the end of the summer. The performance will feature material from the new release as well as favorites from the past. A big thank-you to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, whose support made this performance possible.
(June 8, 2013)
After making 3 solo albums SIMON COLLINS (son of musician PHIL COLLINS) decided to try something he had always wanted to do - a band of his own; a group of artists that shared a vision with whom he could collaborate with musically and lyrically. That band became SOUND OF CONTACT. Featuring Simon on vocals and drums, DAVE KERZNER (SONIC REALITY, KEVIN GILBERT) on keyboards, and MATT DORSEY and KELLY NORDSTROM trading off on guitar and bass, SOUND OF CONTACT have created a sound all their own while paying homage to the greats of classic prog rock and electronica. With their debut release Dimensionaut, they hit the ground running with a deep concept album about a dimensional time and space traveler and his journey to expand the borders of the human experience.
ProgDay is pleased to announce that SOUND OF CONTACT will be closing out the show on Sunday, September 1. The touring edition of the band finds RANDY McSTINE handling the guitar duties and the addition of RONEN GORDON on drums. The band will be performing Dimensionaut in it's entirety and a few surprises along the way.
(May 1, 2013)
"It's like Panic at the Disco on Steroids meets Frank Zappa on Acid meets Joe Satriani on 20 cups of coffee...Their sound is also highly original...like no one of the entire planet...but in a way that is 100% pure and genuine. If there was one phrase I would use to describe Thank You Scientist
THANK YOU SCIENTIST started in New Jersey in 2010. Dubbed "The Top Unsigned Act in the Tri-State Area" after the release of their debut EP, the full-length Maps Of Non-Existent Places followed in 2012 and immediately secured the band's place as one of progressive music's great new talents. Since then this seven piece ensemble has been knocking people over with its musicianship, its turn-on-a-dime arrangements, and its swirling musical tidal wave of progressive rock, funk, fusion, metal, psyche,
(April 10, 2013)
"...the overall feel is one of exceptional band interplay, thoughtful harmonies and intelligent and creative production of art. ...it is thrilling to hear such compelling music that combines Western and American tonality and style while also utilizing Indonesian culture, traditions and instruments to speak in the universal language of music."
SimakDialog began in 1993 and is somewhat of a cult band back home in Indonesia. Being from a country with a rich and diverse culture, the band's music is unique in having an understanding of the rituals of temple music, as well as completely grasping the essence of the rock and psychedelic sounds of less ancient times. Driven by the communication between keys-master Riza Arshad and the exceptional Tohpati on guitar, simakDialog is a melting pot of western classic/jazz/rock and Javanese/Indonesian exotic rhythm/riffs.
Join us as simakDialog brings its signature take on progressive music to the United States for the first time.
Plans Are Being Made For ProgDay 2013!
(February 7, 2013)
ProgDay 2013 is in the works. Please check back later for our first band announcement. Until then, we will keep the music and band pages from last year's wonderful show available on the ProgDay site.
BANDS FOR 2013
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