DOUBLE BAND ANNOUNCEMENT TONIGHT!!
BAND ANNOUNCEMENT #11!
Progtoberfest Festival is very happy to welcome Oak – Official Fanpage from Oslo, Norway!!!
Oak is an Oslo based quartet made up by Simen Valldal Johannessen (vocals, keyboards), Øystein Sootholtet (bass), Ole Michael Bjørndal (guitars) and Sigbjørn Reiakvam (drums, percussion, programming). All the band members are in their late 20’s or early 30’s and have mostly grown up in the Oslo area. They have a huge variation in their musical inspirations – everything from classical composers and singer/songwriters to electronica, progressive rock, and metal.
Oak released their debut album, Lighthouse as a digital release in September 2013. In addition, a limited run of CD’s was produced for promotional purposes and to accommodate sales at gigs. The album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios by noted producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Symphony X, Paradise Lost).
As of January 2015, the band is working on new material for their second album, and are working towards getting international distribution for this forthcoming album as well as becoming a more active band in the live circuit.
To hear their full album:
BAND ANNOUNCEMENT #12!
Progtoberfest Festival is happy to welcome The Knells!!!
The brainchild of guitarist Andrew McKenna Lee, Brooklyn, NY based band The Knells is a band that belongs to a genre inhabited perhaps by themselves alone. The band is self-proclaimed as a post-rock neo-psychedelia act, but the musical collective is so much more than that. And indeed the band is a collective more than just a band, as Lee utilizes a trio of vocalists, Nina Berman, Amanda Gregory, and Katya Powder, two guitarists, Lee and Paul Orbell, drummer Michael McCurdy, mallet percussionist Jude Traxler, electric bassist Joseph Higgins, and the critically lauded Mivos String Quartet. The twelve-piece band weaves a sonic blanket that ranges from choral chamber rock to avant post-psych to melancholic psych-blues.
The Knells released their debut self-titled album in 2013 on New Amsterdam Recordings. The album is an enveloping one hour song cycle that follows the concept of the meaning of life, the meaning of time, the beauty and violent tendencies of nature, and the questions that plague humanity’s existence. A dense theme for a dense album – and the band pulls it off.
While the uniqueness of this band makes it difficult to relate artists to them, fans of impossible creative avant-garde rock will likely enjoy this band. The band fuses elements of chamber rock, choral music, psychedelic and post-rock, and the raw power of classical composition.
Norwegian progressive Rock group LEPROUS are starting out their first tour across North America for their latest and much-acclaimed album “Malina” today with a sold-out show in Chicago.
LEPROUS will be supporting none other than Between The Buried And Me and The Dear Hunter on a comprehensive tour across the US, for which the band comments: “It’s exciting times ahead for LEPROUS. 5 weeks of touring with our friends in Between The Buried And Me and The Dear Hunter are starting today, and there are several great festivals shows ahead as well as more live shows in the planning for the fall. New material has also slowly but surely started its process!”
Here is a list of the exact tour dates as well as other upcoming shows (newly confirmed additions marked *) for LEPROUS in 2018:
Between The Buried And Me, The Dear Hunter & LEPROUS – North American Tour:
Fri. 03.02.2018 Chicago, IL (USA) – House of Blues (Sold out!)
Sat. 03.03.2018 Minneapolis, MN (USA) – First Avenue
Mon. 03.05.2018 Denver, CO (USA) – Ogden Theatre
Tue. 03.06.2018 Salt Lake City, UT (USA) – The Complex
Thu. 03.08.2018 Seattle, WA (USA) – Showbox
Fri. 03.09.2018 Portland, OR (USA) – Wonder Ballroom
Sat. 03.10.2018 San Francisco, CA (USA) – The Regency Ballroom
Sun. 03.11.2018 Anaheim, CA (USA) – House of Blues
Tue. 03.13.2018 Los Angeles, CA (USA) – Belasco Theater
Thu. 03.15.2018 Las Vegas, NV (USA) – House of Blues
Fri. 03.16.2018 Phoenix, AZ (USA) – Marquee
Sat. 03.17.2018 Albuquerque, NM (USA) – Sunshine Theater
Mon. 03.19.2018 Austin, TX (USA) – Come and Take it Live
Tue. 03.20.2018 Dallas, TX (USA) – Canton Hall
Wed. 03.21.2018 Houston, TX (USA) – Warehouse Ballroom
Fri. 03.23.2018 Orlando, FL (USA) – The Beacham Theatre
Sat. 03.24.2018 Ft. Lauderdale, FL (USA) – Revolution
Mon. 03.26.2018 Atlanta, GA (USA) – Masquerade
Tue. 03.27.2018 Nashville, TN (USA) – Cannery Ballroom
Wed. 03.28.2018 Asheville, NC (USA) – Orange Peel
Fri. 03.30.2018 Pittsburgh, PA (USA) – Mr. Smalls
Sat. 03.31.2018 Philadelphia, PA (USA) – Electric Factory
Mon. 04.02.2018 Albany, NY (USA) – Upstate Concert Hall
Tue. 04.03.2018 Boston, MA (USA) – Royale
Wed. 04.04.2018 New York City, NY (USA) – Playstation Theater
Thu. 04.05.2018 Silver Spring, MD (USA) – Fillmore Silver Spring
Fri. 04.06.2018 Cleveland, OH (USA) – Agora Theatre
Sat. 04.07.2018 Mount Clemens, MI (USA) – Emerald Theatre
LEPROUS – Festivals appearances:
Sat. 05.12.2018 Kopervik (Norway) – Karmoygeddon Metal Festival *
06.29.- 07.01.2018 Helsinki (Finland) – Tuska Open Air *
Fri. 07.13.2018 Viveiro (Spain) – Resurrection Fest
Sat. 07.14.2018 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Dynamo Metal Fest
Sat. 07.28.2018 Sibiu (Romania) – ARTmania Festival
Sat. 08.18.2018 Warsaw (Poland) – Prog In Park
More dates to be announced soon…
In other LEPROUS news, check out a fantastic drums playthrough video by drummer Baard Kolstad for the “Malina” album song “Mirage” here:
North America’s Premier Prog Festival The Rites of Spring Festival in Gettysburg, PA is proud to feature 11 great bands over 3 days in the first weekend of May 2018.
RoSfest tickets on sale today at 12:00 noon. Three Day Pass: $236.00
The Sea Within – a new art-rock group formed by Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, The Tangent), Tom Brislin Music (Renaissance, Spiraling, Yes Symphonic, Deborah Harry) & Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, UK, Joe Satriani) – have announced they will release their as-yet-untitled debut album in Spring 2018.
Roine Stolt comments on how the project came together:
“I think all it started as a suggestion from the record company – putting together a new band, starting fresh, seeing if collective writing could spawn a unique style. Call it a supergroup if you want – I think we can handle that.”
The members recently entered Livingston Studios in London to begin recording the basic tracks, and found an instant chemistry in the way they worked together. “Going into the studio in London was taking a great risk as we had not been in the same room together beforehand.” Roine continues: “We had just sent demos around and didn’t really know if we could make great music together, but we managed to track almost 2 hours of new music, a mix of collective ideas. We also had a lot of great ‘off-time’, sharing laughs and stories in local pubs – that part is important.”
Currently the members are putting the finishing touches on their debut album, and of the music’s direction Roine says: “There are elements of prog, pop, art-rock and many cinematic elements. I suppose the music comes from within our collective memories of all that we love as far as sounds, visions and poetry. We hope that discovering the music will be a journey for the open-minded fan – something as fresh and uncertain and unfolding as it is for us.”
The Sea Within has also announced their first confirmed live date, taking to the stage at Night of the Prog Festival 2018 at Loreley, Germany on the weekend of 13-15th July 2018 alongside Camel, Big Big Train, Riverside & more. Tickets are available now here:
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We are pleased to announce that Valdez and Lines in the Sky will perform at the 2018 edition of the Rites of Spring festival. And in the spirit of being progressive, we have booked both bands to perform at the opening slot on Sunday. In 2018, our faithful can look forward to two “sermons” on Sunday morning.
Valdez is a quartet based out of Philadelphia in the US, featuring the talents of singer and guitarist Simon Godfrey (Tinyfish, Shineback ), bassist Tom Hyatt (Echolyn ), keyboardist Joe Cardillo (Cold Blue Electric) and drummer Scott Miller (Stone Jack Baller). They released their debut album “This” just after ROSfest 2017, and have a new album in the pipeline.
Listen to Valdez: http://valdez.badelephant.co.uk/album/this
Lines in the Sky are based out of Nashville, and was formed back in 2011, and consists of Jesse Brock (vocals, guitars), Bowman Brock (drums, percussion) and Ben McAnelly (bass). They have two albums to their name so far, “Hilasterion” (2014) and “Parallel Travel” (2016), and their third album “Beacon” is just about ready to be launched.
Both bands will have a 45 minutes long set, with a 10-minute long break in between bands so that the crew can prepare the stage and equipment for the second band. And as we are talking about Sunday morning, we rather suspect that a slight break in between bands might be a welcome feature for those in the crowd that has been a bit too festive the night before.
This is the first time we have given the “Church of Prog” slot to two bands to share. Both of them are stellar up-and-coming bands, hence this novel solution for booking both of them. We look forward to enjoying both of their performances. Of course, both bands will appear at the signing table after the concert.
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