We are excited to officially announce that Italian progressive rock band, Barock Project, has been signed to ROSfest 2018 and will appear as the third band on Saturday, May 5th. The band was formed by keyboardist Luca Zabbini and developed as a unit in the first half of the 2000’s. Their breakthrough came in 2012 with the release of their third album, “Coffee In Neukölln”. Since then, interest in the band has soared worldwide strengthened by the quality of their most recent albums “Skyline” (2015) and “Detachment” (2017).
The band aims to create material with a foundation in classical (baroque) music, incorporating jazz harmonies and rock instruments explored within a pop music structure: A reinvention of the approach used by the seminal progressive rock bands of the 1970’s. The result is subtly quirky, but accessible and melodic progressive rock of the kind that hits home with progressive rock fans of all ages and across multiple interest groups within the progressive rock universe.
The foursome of Luca Zabbini, Marco Mazzuoccolo, Francesco Caliendo and Eric Ombelli are a proven quality live band as firmly documented on their live album, “Vivo” (2016). We are excited to be able to bring this band to the US. We regard Barock Project as the new bearer for the coming generations of progressive rock bands and know that their music will thrill the audience at ROSfest 2018.
Barock Project official website:
Barock Project Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barockproject/
We are pleased to announce that US band Perfect Beings have been signed to the 2018 edition of ROSfest, and have been scheduled as the second band to play on Saturday, May 5th.
As many in our audience will remember, Perfect Beings were scheduled to play for us in 2016 but had to cancel just prior to the festival due to their bassist and drummer suddenly and unexpectedly leaving the band. Perfect Beings have since regrouped, have a firm new line-up in place and a new album set to be released through noted progressive rock label InsideOut in early 2018. The current incarnation of the band consists of Ryan Hurtgen (vocals, piano), Johannes Luley (guitars), Jesse Nason (keyboards), Pete Griffin (bass) and Sean Reinert (drums, percussion).
Many in our audience were saddened when Perfect Beings had to pull out back in 2016, and we are pleased to inform that the band is now back in a stable and productive mode, and eager to at last be able to perform for the fantastic and renowned ROSfest audience.
Perfect Beings is still one of the most promising US-based progressive rock bands, and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing them play for us, as well as to see them grow into the progressive rock powerhouse they have all the skills and talent to become.
Perfect Beings website: http://perfectbeingsband.com/
Perfect Beings Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/perfectbeingsband/
Beings Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7fJNN670oDFsmbLzd0HLCw
Roldan Entertainment is pleased to announce that US band Cell 15 have signed for the 2018 edition of the Rites of Spring festival and that they will be the opening band on Saturday, May 5th.
Cell 15 started out as the creative vehicle and one-man band side venture of composer and musician Robert Richardson. Richardson is a seasoned hand with vast experience as a live backing musician for many noted artists over the years, and have also been a part of the bands Hybrid Ice and The Badlees. Cell 15 started out in 2014, when Richardson felt the need to create and explore his passion for progressive rock, resulting in the self-released, critically acclaimed debut album “Chapter One”.
Since then Richardson has chosen to transform his solo project into a band venture, the current line-up consisting of Richardson himself (vocals, keyboards), former Elephants of Scotland member Dan MacDonald (vocals, bass, Kevin Thomas (drums, vocals) and Shane Jones (guitars). A new studio album is in the pipeline too, and if everything goes according to plan one may reckon that it will be available prior to the coming edition of ROSfest.
We always take care to sign some of the many good homegrown progressive rock artists for ROSfest, and with this band based out of Mechanicsburg, literally based in our backyard, this was a band we knew we had to book. Many are aware of them, and those who aren’t can look forward to a fine concert by a high-quality local band that knows their way around the classic era of progressive rock.
Official website – https://cell15.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/cell15band/
Cell 15 video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFt4JqExtiQ
To the very day, Premiata Forneria Marconi (aka PFM) is considered the most influential and respected Italian rock band and on October 27th, 2017 InsideOutMusic will release the band’s new studio album “Emotional Tattoos”. Now, the band reveals the album’s striking cover artwork created by Stefano Bonora / Artkademy.
The band comments: “On the cover you see a fantastic spaceship run by Franz and Patrick, bringing the band to places never explored before, introducing the audience into the new PFM world, where music has not only one identity but evolves and embraces many genres. PFM is famous for never repeating previous records and “Emotional Tattoos” is an album that will leave emotions on the skin, like when a spaceship lands in a fantastic world with vegetation and animals in harmony with each other.”
PFM began writing their new opus in 2016, started recording in early 2017 and finished both an English and Italian version of the over an hour long record in July at Metropolis Recording Studio with Alessandro Marcantoni.
See below for the exact track-listing:
– English version –
1. We’re Not An Island (7:12)
2. Morning Freedom (6:06)
3. The Lesson (5:08)
4. So Long (5:56)
5. A Day We Share (6:03)
6. There’s A Fire In Me (4:55)
7. Central District (5:27)
8. Freedom Square – instrumental (4:47)
9. I’m Just A Sound (5:57)
10. Hannah (5:16)
11. It’s My Road (5:07)
– Italian version –
1. Il Regno (7:12)
2. Oniro (6:06)
3. La lezione (5:08)
4. Mayday (5:56)
5. La danza degli specchi (6:03)
6. Il cielo che c’è (4:55)
7. Quartiere generale (5:27)
8. Freedom Square – instrumental (4:47)
9. Dalla Terra alla Luna (5:57)
10. Le cose belle (5:16)
11. Big Bang (5:07)
PFM is a very eclectic and exuberant musical group with a distinctive style that impressively combines rock, progressive, and classical music into one mesmerizing sonic entity. Formed in 1970, the band quickly gained a prominent place on the international scene by making it to the Billboard charts (for 1973’s “Photos Of Ghosts”) and winning a gold record in Japan while constantly ruling the charts in their home country until today. PFM were honored with position #50 in the “UK Classic Rock Hall of Fame” of the 100 most important artists in the world as well as being awarded two gold records in their home country in 1971 and 1997.
“Emotional Tattoos” marks the return of the band’s trademark sound after two rather experimental releases. The new album takes a melodic rock route while offering surprising musical twists and turns including moody synths, orchestral arrangements, straight-forward guitar-driven passages and wonderful ballads.
The album can already be pre-ordered in the following formats from the official InsideOutMusic online store:
Gatefold black 2LP+2CD – English vinyl with both versions on 2CD
Limited Gatefold transparent orange 2LP+CD – Italian vinyl & Italian CD – limited to 500 copies
Special Edition 2CD Digipak – English & Italian version
Order the album here: http://bit.ly/PFM-IOMshop
02 September – Porretta Terme (IT) Rufus Thomas Park
29 September – Modena (IT) Piazza Roma
30 September – Montesarchio (IT) Piazza San Sebastiano
14 November – Torino (IT) Teatro Colosseo
21 November – Napoli (IT) Teatro Augusteo
25 November – Zoetermeer (NL) Boerderij
01 December – Padova (IT) Gran Teatro Geox
02 December – Varese (IT) Teatro Openjobmetis
09-10 January – Tokyo (JP)
11 January – Osaka (JP)
02 March – Milano (IT) Teatro Dal Verme
11 March – Assisi (IT) Teatro Lyrick
12 March – Roma (IT) Teatro Olimpico
03 May – Mexico City (MX) Plaza Condesa
06 May – Gettysburg, ROSFest (USA)
12 May – Legnano (IT) Teatro Galleria
…more dates to be announced soon!
Franz Di Cioccio: lead vocals, drums
Patrick Djivas: bass, keyboards
Lucio Fabbri: violin
Alessandro Scaglione: keyboards, Hammond, Moog
Marco Sfogli: guitars
Roberto Gualdi: drums
Alberto Bravin: keyboards, backing vocals
Roldan Entertainment are excited to announce that US band District 97 will return to ROSfest in 2018! What’s more, they’ll be opening the festival on Friday night.
District 97 was fresh and up and coming when they played for us in 2011, having just recently signed to prestigious progressive rock label The Laser’s Edge with one hot album to their name. Since then, the band has released a further two studio albums, as well as a few live albums. They’ve grown in stature precisely as we all hoped they would, and are now firmly established as one of the best contemporary progressive rock bands in the US. As the band is currently working on new material, they may have a new album waiting by the time ROSfest 2018 kicks off!
Renowned for their knack of blending elements from various aspects of progressive rock and progressive metal, District 97 creates captivating and quirky compositions. The distinct way that the group thrives on complexity and sophisticated features, and of course the golden voice of Leslie Hunt, are both trademarks of the band. As the members state themselves: District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist.
We are looking forward to seeing District 97 grace our stage at ROSfest again, and we know that the 2018 edition of the Rites of Spring Festival will open in a suitably energetic and progressive manner when this band hits the stage on May 4th, 2018.
Official website – http://district97.net/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/District97/?ref=ts
District 97 video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN28Ig46bqI