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    Posted: June 26 2017 at 20:34
ProgDay 2017 Advance Tickets Now on Sale!

Patron Passes and Weekend Passes for Saturday and Sunday are now available for advance sale on the ProgDay web site Tickets Page. (http://www.progday.net/ProgDay-Tickets.html).

Join SHYLOCK (France), FLOR DE LOTO (Peru), SONAR (Switzerland) with special guest DAVID TORN, and iNFiNiEN (US) for the twenty-third edition of ProgDay.  ProgDay 2017 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  For more information, please visit us at www.progday.net.  

To hear music from all this year’s bands, please visit the ProgDay Music page (http://www.progday.net/ProgDay-Music.html).

Four more bands to be announced.

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BUBBLEMATH at PROGDAY 2017!

"Progress is not possible without deviation.” - Frank Zappa

If Zappa were alive to hear them, he’d almost certainly agree that Minnesota fivesome BUBBLEMATH exudes his philosophy (and daring spirit) with every unconventional rhythmic change, off-the-wall timbre, and multilayered melody.  Their debut 2002 release, Such Fine Particles of The Universe, garnered the band 86,000 My Space followers and the Minnesota Music Academy’s "2002 Best Eclectic Recording” award.

Fifteen years later, the  Eclectic Prog / Avant-Pop / Technical Metal quintet has released their second album, Edit Peptide, which has proven to be a worthwhile wait with its Frankenstein’s monster-formula of lively textures, wacky and virtuosic musicianship, hypnotically robust vocals, and charmingly astute attitudes.   Edit Peptide is a masterful medley of artful aural arithmetic, blending the in-your-face intricacy of Between The Buried And Me and The Mars Volta with the eccentric experimentation of Mr. Bungle, the dense and poppy harmonies of Umphrey’s McGee and Echolyn, the symphonic vibrancy and tongue-in-cheek foundation of Beardfish, and the forceful fluidity of Bent Knee, The Dear Hunter, and Emanuel And The Fear.

By conducting so many divergent styles, refining their songwriting and compositional skills, and most of all, sticking to their guns when it comes to crafting highly challenging and adventurous, but also quite hypnotic and welcoming, tunes, the quintet proves just how perfectly a band can fuse the familiar and the fresh.

Join BUBBLEMATH (US), SHYLOCK (France), FLOR DE LOTO (Peru), SONAR (Switzerland) with special guest DAVID TORN, and iNFiNiEN (US) for the twenty-third edition of ProgDay.  ProgDay 2017 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  For more information, please visit us at www.progday.net.  

To hear music from all this year’s bands, please visit the ProgDay Music page (http://www.progday.net/ProgDay-Music.html).

Three more bands to be announced.

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Yippee!!
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Wonderful newsClap! I'd been hoping for this announcement. Edit Peptide is one of my favourite 2017 releases. This ProgDay edition is shaping up to be one of the best ever! Counting the days until Friday, August 31.
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Originally posted by Raff Raff wrote:

Wonderful newsClap! I'd been hoping for this announcement. Edit Peptide is one of my favourite 2017 releases. This ProgDay edition is shaping up to be one of the best ever! Counting the days until Friday, August 31.

Will be great to see you & micky again. Smile
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ProgDay 2017:  FLOR DE LOTO Cancels, HEDERSLEBEN and EPHEMERAL SUN Confirm!

It is with great sadness and disappointment that we must announce that Flor de Loto has cancelled its performance at this year's ProgDay.

However, we have two more great bands to announce:

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HEDERSLEBEN (Multinational)

HEDERSLEBEN is a spacerock/psyche/krautrock band whose goal is to embrace the mindset and sound of early progressive rock/krautrock.  Often compared to bands like Amon Duul II, Hawkwind and Gong, HEDERSLEBEN was hatched in the village of the same name on the outskirts of Quedlinburg, Germany.  Beside the ancient stone cloister in the half-timbered Bauernhaus, British guitarist Nicky Garratt (an original member of the iconic punk band UK Subs) jammed with krautrock luminary Uve Mülrich, (Embryo), inspiring Garratt’s next project.

In 2012, Garratt became the musical director for Ex-Hawkwind’s Nik Turner.  Garratt gathered musicians to collaborate and record Nik Turner’s Space Gypsy album.  After a short incubation period, the prototype version of HEDERSLEBEN was born from those sessions.

After the success of Space Gypsy, Nicky Garratt took on the musical director position for the legendary Swiss band Brainticket.  Working with original keyboard/flute/sitar player Joel Vandroogenbroeck, the songs were developed by HEDERSLEBEN in rehearsals in Oakland while Joel worked in Mexico.  The result was Brainticket’s Past, Present and Future, the first Brainticket studio album in 15 years.

Upgoer, HEDERSLEBEN’s debut release, was recorded back-to-back with the Brainticket album, and released in 2013. 

Since then HEDERSLEBEN has continued to release albums and evolve, ranging from a new take on classic krautrock to full-blown prog-rock concept albums.  The band has toured the US multiple times, both opening for and backing Nik Turner, and their music has been used in feature films.

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EPHEMERAL SUN (US)

Started as a project featuring ex-Rain Fell Within members John Battema (keyboards) and Charles Gore (bass), EPHEMERAL SUN began life as a vocal band with an atmospheric and experimental approach to prog-metal. However, with the release of their second album, Harvest Aorta, the band abandoned vocals and found their musical identity in a special captivating brand of progressive rock combining influences from symphonic, metal, ambient, electronica and fusion, presented with a strong, almost cinematic vision. Having been compared to bands like Anekdoten, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Dream Theater and Finch, but really sounding like none of them, EPHEMERAL SUN has continued the pursuit of their unique sound.   With the release of Lord Of Hounds, they follow the course charted by Harvest Aorta to a darker place.

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Join HEDERSLEBEN (Multinational), EPHEMERAL SUN (US), BUBBLEMATH (US), SHYLOCK (France), SONAR (Switzerland) with special guest DAVID TORN, and iNFiNiEN (US) for the twenty-third edition of ProgDay.  ProgDay 2017 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  For more information, please visit us at www.progday.net.  

To hear music from all this year’s bands, please visit the ProgDay Music page (http://www.progday.net/ProgDay-Music.html).

Two more bands to be announced.

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Excellent news on Hedersleben & Ephemeral Sun
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DAVE KERZNER BAND and SONUS UMBRA at ProgDay 2017!

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DAVE KERZNER BAND (US)

DAVE KERZNER first made a name for himself through his work with wide-ranging artists such as Keith Emerson, Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, Alan Parsons, Nick Mason, John Paul Jones, Neil Peart, Francis Dunnery, Jon Anderson, Ringo Starr, Heather Findlay, Jerry Marotta, and many others.  However, he is probably best known as co-founder of Sound Of Contact and co-writer/producer of Sound Of Contact’s award-winning concept album Dimensionaut.  He is also well known as the founder of the sound production company Sonic Reality.

After many years working in sound design and production with SR and as a keyboardist with other artists, KERZNER decided it was time to take center stage as lead vocalist and put out his first progressive rock album as a solo artist.  In 2014 he released his critically acclaimed debut recording, New World.  Lush, melodious, atmospheric and restrained, it has been referred to as “a massive, opulent and timeless piece of psychedelic prog that will stand the test of time.”

KERZNER is currently finishing his second album, Static, which is due to be released in September/October.

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SONUS UMBRA (US)

Formed by Luis Nasser, Ricardo Gómez and Andrés Aullet as Radio Silence in Mexico in 1989,  the band was active for 5 years until its breakup in 1994.  While working with Kurgan’s Bane in Baltimore after relocating to the United States, founding member Luis Nasser discovered the developing progressive rock underground that had begun to flourish with the rise of the internet.  Eventually Radio Silence was resurrected, and an album of early recordings was released to rave reviews.

Changing its name to SONUS UMBRA  for legal reasons, the band continued to develop, record and perform.  Mixing elements of progressive folk, symphonic rock, hard rock and heavy prog, the result has been a series of highly praised albums, two ROSfest performances, as well as appearances at Progtoberfest, Orion, the NJ Proghouse, the Boston ProgEARS showcase, and Terra Incognita.

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Join DAVE KERZNER BAND (US), SONUS UMBRA (US), HEDERSLEBEN (Multinational), EPHEMERAL SUN (US), BUBBLEMATH (US), SHYLOCK (France), SONAR (Switzerland) with special guest DAVID TORN, and iNFiNiEN (US) for the twenty-third edition of ProgDay.  ProgDay 2017 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  For more information, please visit us at www.progday.net.

To hear music from all this year’s bands, please visit the ProgDay Music page (http://www.progday.net/ProgDay-Music.html).

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PÄR LINDH at ProgDay 2017!

PÄR LINDH’s musical career stretches back to 1977 when he formed Antenna Baroque.  In 1979 he founded the symphonic trio Vincebus Ereptum.   But with the changing musical times he spent his following years as organist, classical pianist, harpsichordist and drummer.  While successful, he missed the calling of progressive rock.

Beginning with his return to Sweden in 1989, he resurrected his early symphonic spirit with a band called Manticore, built the Crimsonian Label studio, and chaired The Swedish Art Rock Society.  In 1994 he released the first Pär Lindh Project album, Gothic Impressions, featuring members of Anglagard and The Flower Kings.  The rest, as they say, is history.

PÄR LINDH has a long established reputation as a composer, master keyboardist, and musical interpreter.  For his ProgDay appearance, PÄR will be performing solo and paying tribute to the late Keith Emerson, performing music from The Nice and ELP, as well as his own music from the Pär Lindh Project, and more.
 
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Join PÄR LINDH (Sweden), DAVE KERZNER BAND (US), SONUS UMBRA (US), HEDERSLEBEN (Multinational), EPHEMERAL SUN (US), BUBBLEMATH (US), SHYLOCK (France), SONAR (Switzerland) with special guest DAVID TORN, and iNFiNiEN (US) for the twenty-third edition of ProgDay.  ProgDay 2017 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  For more information, please visit us at www.progday.net.  

To hear music from this year’s bands, please visit the ProgDay Music page (http://www.progday.net/ProgDay-Music.html).

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Cool signing

Saturday
10.00 - Sonus Umbra
12.00 - Infinien
1.45 - Par Lindh
3.30 - Bubblemath
6.00 - Sonar with David Torn

Sunday
10.30 - Ephemeral Sun
12.45 - Hedersleben
3.15 - Dave Kerzner
5.45 - Shylock
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awesome!!  5 bands on Saturday.. an extra one? Now that is cool... just need to remember to bring 5  6 packs on ice instead of the normal 4 for that Saturday!  wooo hooo! 
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wooo hooo... 2 more weeks...


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Pär Lindh Unable to Make ProgDay 2017.

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ProgDay has just been contacted by Pär Lindh to say that he unfortunately was not able to make his connection tonight in Paris for his flight to the United States. He tried his best to rectify the situation. He is extremely disappointed and sends his regrets about the circumstances, but because of the resultant difficulties, he will be unable to get to the United States for his scheduled ProgDay performance. Though we already had a full roster of 8 great bands for 2017, the last minute opportunity to work Pär's solo performance into the lineup was going to be a special addition to the weekend. Like Pär, we are very disappointed and sad to make this announcement, but we will still have our usual 8 bands this year at Storybook.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 31 2017 at 21:16
NO!!!!!!   that sucks... was really looking forward to his set


yet another reason to hate Trump and the jack booted thugs in the TSA.  Open the borders! hahaha

At least he missed the wonderful experience that is flying into the states from Europe like the last time I flew back the states and came THIS close to punching out the f**king kid with a gun and big attitude that pulled one on me after waiting 4 f**king hours to get through customs and security get to my luggage.. and a much needed cigarette ...after 10 hours crammed in a plane.  ONe day I leave.. and never come back.  
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f**k you Captcha...

another great weekend Michael... well done from all of us. For those of you that didn't make it.. you really have no idea what you are missing.. but I'll try to show... in my upcoming off the cuff uncensored Progday review. Famed throughout the years for an unfiltered opinion of what was great.. what sucked...

 and just how depraved Progfan can be we let our hair down hahah

SAKE!!!!!!!!  LOL
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Really fun weekend at ProgDay, weather was great, bands were great, and as usual it seeing all my friends, old and new, that made the weekend. Loads of fun. Thanks to the organizers, volunteers, bands and crew for running it seemingly flawlessly. Thanks to Michael and the committee for a stellar line-up. Highlights for me were Shylock, Sonar with Torn, & Ephemeral Sun. Infinien was probably the biggest surprise as I knew nothing and loved their set. The dinner crowd was great, went to two restaurants that were new to me, had Korean & Japanese, both great. I enjoyed pretty much almost all of the bands. I managed to limit myself to 3 CD's so I was fairly well behaved at least in the buying department. The ProgEars Beer Snobs swap meet was a great add. I didn't make it to the pool party this year as I was beat by the time we got back from dinner each night.
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Lovely weekend, pleasure working the crew this year. Sound and backline, provided by FAT productions, were incredible and professional. All the bands were great, one of the most consistent years. Best part was getting to see all of you again!

PS - I'll never learn my plum wine lesson!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2017 at 13:32
hahahaha.... lesson? pffff..   someone should have warned you Ian that I am a strong corrupting influence on young impressionable proggies and not simply in regards to music.. 

but admit it.... you had fun didn't you. Wink

and you better believe I greet you next year with a bottle of it... Beer
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One last thing, the after party by the pool was still going on at 6am when I left for the airport (I'd been in bed since 11pm)
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Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

One last thing, the after party by the pool was still going on at 6am when I left for the airport (I'd been in bed since 11pm)

hahaha...  even I couldn't do that Beer... I was right behind you when you went to the pool and turned around with you and headed off to bed (without you of course haha) 
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