ProgStock 2017

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ProgStock's main stage will feature music that most radio hosts would find to be too long and too complex to play on-the-air. Dancing in 7/8, indeed, is left to fans who are accustomed to calculating high math in their heads. It's easy to assume - because even the massive force of Apple Music doesn't feature a decent Prog option - that the genre is dead. Alas, the Internet is largely credited for bringing together Prog's most loyal and growing fandom.

This three-day festival was founded to solve a few positive problems. First, even though a handful of fun Prog gatherings exist around the globe, artists are eager to play in the Northeast United States during the autumn months, where and when not much else in Prog circles takes place. Second, we know that Prog fans are seeking a comfortable, classy venue to see their favorite bands perform. Add in a great host town that's close to a huge airport and regional rail transportation... and that's most of ProgStock's story. The only thing we need for this to be complete? You! And with you, there will be much rejoicing at North America's New International Progressive Rock Festival, which is ProgStock.

We are incredibly pleased to bring this festival to you together with our partners at the House of Prog Internet Radio station, and the NJProghouse Progressive Music Series. We are enormously grateful for their support for, endorsement of, and participation in this Herculean endeavor.

Press Releases

September 7, 2017
North America's Newest International Progressive Rock Festival Links Classic and Modern Eras with Addition of Pink Floyd vocalist Durga McBroom in Genesis Tribute and Dave Kerzner Band Headline Performance

3-Day Gathering of World's Most Masterful Prog Acts Draws Fans from Around the Globe to Rejoice in Rahway, NJ

Tickets on sale NOW!

RAHWAY, NJ (Sept. 7, 2017) - Enhancing its vow to "remember what brought us here," PROGSTOCK 2017, "North America's Newest International Progressive Rock Festival," is adding significant new connections between the modern and classic progressive rock eras as the three-day gathering prepares to land on the East Coast next month (Oct. 13-15) in Rahway, NJ.

Those connections arrive primarily through the addition of Dave Kerzner, who will double as the new Saturday night headliner with the Dave Kerzner Band, and the Sunday afternoon leader of the newly expanded Kevin Gilbert & Genesis Tribute to a festival lineup comprised of artists who began impacting the prog scene in the 1990s, as the next wave of progressive rockers was bubbling up from the underground.

Tickets on sale NOW for ProgStock 2017, a three-day gathering of some of the world's most masterful "prog" acts, Oct. 13-15 at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. Glass Hammer (Chattanooga, TN); Karmakanic and The Tangent (Sweden), and Francis Dunnery (England), are among the 18 artists rejoicing in the global passion for a special brand of rock as it regains its North American popularity. Three-day tickets are $135 (Mezzanine) and $195 (Orchestra), starting Aug. 23. Single-day tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. EST ($45 to $85). All tickets are available at www.progstock.com and www.ucpac.org.

The Dave Kerzner Band replaces Echolyn, which was forced to bow out of the festival due to medical reasons. A favorite return performer on Yes's "Cruise To The Edge" who counts original Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett among his collaborators, Kerzner will be celebrating the same day release that Saturday of his new album, Static, with a very special ProgStock appearance by longtime Pink Floyd vocalist Durga McBroom. Together, they'll perform several tracks from Pink Floyd's epic Dark Side of the Moon, as well as songs by his other band, Sound of Contact (SOC), featuring Simon Collins, son of Phil Collins, plus material from Static and his New World album.

McBroom will rejoin Kerzner as part of his Kevin Gilbert & Genesis Tribute to sing songs from Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, as well as Gilbert band Toy Matinee, and solo work Thud, with special guest Francis Dunnery, and more to be announced.

"This year's festival is about showcasing prog that's been around since the supposed 'end' of prog," says PROGSTOCK 2017 promoter Thomas Palmieri. "There's no clearer way to show the connection between modern prog and classic prog than to show some of classic prog's most influential elements."

PROGSTOCK 2017 preceded its public ticket sales with a massively successful crowdfunding ticket drive that easily met its PledgeMusic goal for the festival to be underwritten, in part, by "Boarding Groups" on both sides of the Atlantic who purchased three-day passes at three different group levels. Donations are still being accepted at www.fracturedatlas.org.

PROGSTOCK 2017 is capturing a diverse international fanbase that includes teachers, physicians, engineers and other professionals who share an affinity for complex rock music. The genre is also attracting a growing number of young people who, largely through internet radio, are getting introduced to progressive rock's musicianship and complexity.

PROGSTOCK 2017's Main Stage will feature music that most rock radio programmers consider too long and intricate to add to their playlists. Terrestrial radio has not collectively embraced a wave of new progressive rock bands since the second British Invasion in the early 1970s made legends of Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, and their peers during the ensuing decade for elevating the genre to a higher commercial art form. Response to PROGSTOCK 2017 already is proving there's more room than ever in today's musical landscape for a resurgence in a genre of music that began migrating underground in the 1980s.

Based on a strong foundation of international appreciation and respect for music and its heritage, PROGSTOCK 2017 is an international music festival that strives to create, build and sustain a solvent and vibrant music scene.

As Palmieri sees it, the decade that has passed since the demise of the record industry created more opportunity for independent artists to be heard, opening new portals for progressive rockers to rise and flourish.

"The only thing we're up against is the corporate machine, much of which is excessive in terms of production rather than musicianship," he says. "If there was any time to bring prog back to the attention of the mainstream listening public, now is the time."

For more information, visit www.progstock.com. Union County PAC information is available at www.ucpac.org.

ProgStock 2017 is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of ProgStock 2017 must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

PROGSTOCK 2017 SCHEDULE:

Friday 10/13/2017
5:30pm-7:30pm - Rachel Flowers / Peter Jones / Francis Dunnery
7:30pm-9:00pm - break and meet & greet with Rachel, Peter, Francis
9:00pm-11:00pm - Glass Hammer 25th Anniversary Show
11:00pm - meet & greet with Glass Hammer
12mid - ProgStock Late Night Event featuring EchoTest

Saturday 10/14/2017
11:00am-12:00pm - The Tea Club
12:00pm-1:00pm - break and meet & greet with Tea Club
1:00pm-2:15pm - Resistor
2:15pm-3:30pm - break and meet & greet with Resistor
3:30pm-4:45pm - Circuline
4:45pm-6:00pm - break and meet & greet with Circuline
6:00pm-7:30pm - Aisles
7:30pm-9:00pm - break and meet & greet with Aisles
9:00pm-11:00pm - Dave Kerzner Band & Special Guests
11:00pm - meet & greet with Dave Kerzner Band & Special Guests
12mid - ProgStock Late Night Event featuring House of Prog's Progressive Coffeehouse, with Jason Rubenstein, Rani Chatoorgoon, and Simon Godfrey

Sunday 10/15/2017
11:00am-12:00pm - Cell15
12:00pm-1:00pm - break and meet & greet with Cell15
1:00pm-2:15pm - 3RDegree
2:15pm-3:30pm - break and meet & greet with 3RDegree
3:30pm-5:00pm - Dave Kerzner and Friends: Kevin Gilbert & Genesis Tribute
5:00pm-6:30pm - break and meet & greet with KG & Genesis Tribute artists
6:30pm-8:00pm - Karmakanic
8:00pm-8:30pm - brief break for equipment changeover
8:30pm-10:00pm - The Tangent
10:00pm - meet & greet with Karmakanic / The Tangent

August 22, 2017
North America's Newest International Progressive Rock Festival Celebrates Resurgence of Musical Movement Empowering Artist Wizardry Over Studio Technique

3-Day Gathering of World's Most Masterful Prog Acts Draws Fans from Around the Globe to Rejoice in Rahway, NJ

Tickets on sale TOMORROW, Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. EST!

RAHWAY, NJ (Aug. 22, 2017) - PROGSTOCK 2017, "North America's Newest International Progressive Rock Festival," lands on the East Coast this fall amid encouraging signs of renewed appetite for a musical movement that continues to celebrate the technical wizardry of musicians over the studio prowess of producers.

Tickets go on sale TOMORROW, Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. EST for ProgStock 2017, a three-day gathering of some of the world's most masterful "prog" acts, Oct. 13-15 at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. Glass Hammer (Chattanooga, TN); Echolyn (Philadelphia); Karmakanic and The Tangent (Sweden), and Francis Dunnery (England), are among the 18 artists rejoicing together in the global passion for a brand of rock as it regains its North American popularity. Three-day tickets are $135 (Mezzanine) and $195 (Orchestra), starting Aug. 23. Single-day tickets ($45 to $85) go on sale Friday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. EST. All tickets will be available at www.progstock.com and www.ucpac.org.

Supporting acts include A Kevin Gilbert Retrospective, with Nick D'Virgilio, Don Carr and Lloyd Landesman, Aisles, Rachel Flowers, Peter Jones (of Tiger Moth Tales), 3RDegree, Circuline, The Tea Club, Cell15, and Resistor. After-hours acts include EchoTest, Rani Chatoorgoon, Jason Rubenstein, and Simon Godfrey.

The public on-sale date for PROGSTOCK 2017 follows a massively successful crowdfunding ticket drive that easily met its PledgeMusic goal for the festival to be underwritten, in part, by "Boarding Groups" on both sides of the Atlantic who purchased three-day passes at three different group levels. Donations are still being accepted at www.fracturedatlas.org.

PROGSTOCK 2017 is capturing a diverse international fanbase that includes teachers, physicians, engineers and other professionals who share an affinity for complex rock music. The genre is also attracting a growing number of young people who, largely through internet radio, are getting introduced to progressive rock's musicianship and complexity.

PROGSTOCK 2017's Main Stage will feature music that most rock radio programmers consider too long and intricate to add to their playlists. Terrestrial radio has not collectively embraced a wave of new progressive rock bands since the second British Invasion in the early 1970s made legends of Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, and their peers during the ensuing decade for elevating the genre to a higher commercial art form. Response to PROGSTOCK 2017 already is proving there's more room than ever in today's musical landscape for a resurgence in a genre of music that began migrating underground in the 1980s.

All the artists at PROGSTOCK 2017 arose in the 1990s or later, setting the stage for a new wave of acts starting to bubble up from the underground.

"Prog never went away, it just went underground," says PROGSTOCK 2017 promoter Thomas Palmieri. "There are thousands of wonderful bands out there. Popular tastes change, but the authenticity and originality of progressive continues to flourish. The passion for this music is alive and well around the world."

Based on a strong foundation of international appreciation and respect for music and its heritage, PROGSTOCK 2017 is an international music festival that strives to create, build and sustain a solvent and vibrant music scene.

As Palmieri sees it, the decade that has passed since the demise of the record industry created more opportunity for independent artists to be heard, opening new portals for progressive rockers to rise and flourish.

"The only thing we're up against is the corporate machine, much of which is excessive in terms of production rather than musicianship," he says. "If there was any time to bring prog back to the attention of the mainstream listening public, now is the time."

For more information, visit www.progstock.com. Union County PAC information is available at www.ucpac.org.

ProgStock 2017 is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of ProgStock 2017 must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

PROGSTOCK 2017 INTERNATIONAL LINE-UP:

Echolyn (US)
http://www.echolyn.com/

Glass Hammer (US)
http://glasshammer.com/

The Tangent (Sweden/UK)
http://www.thetangent.org/

Karmakanic (Sweden)
http://reingoldrecords.se/index2.html

A Kevin Gilbert Retrospective (US)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/4402193846/permalink/10155360336763847/

Aisles (Chile)
http://www.aislesproject.com/

3RDegree (US)
http://www.3rdegreeonline.com

Circuline (US)
http://circulinemusic.com/

Rachel Flowers (US)
http://rachelflowersmusic.com/

Resistor (US)
http://www.steveunruh.com/resistor.html

Cell15 (US)
https://www.cell15.com/

Peter Jones (of Tiger Moth Tales)
http://www.tigermothtales.com/pete-jones

The Tea Club (US)
https://www.theteaclub.net/

Francis Dunnery (US, originally UK)
https://www.francisdunnery.com/

After Hours:

EchoTest (featuring Julie Slick and Marco Machera)
http://echotestmusic.com/

Rani Chatoorgoon
http://ranichatoorgoon.com

Jason Rubenstein
http://www.jasonrubenstein.com/

Simon Godfrey
http://simon-godfrey.com/

ProgStock 2017

Randy Alexander

President & CEO
906 Jonathan Lane
Marlton, NJ 08053
856.596.1410

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Glass Hammer
Francis Dunnery
Aisles
Rachel Flowers
3RDegree
Circuline
Cell15
Resistor
EchoTest
Dave Kerzner Band