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.
Pennsylvania’s Progressive/Power Metallers MindMaze are set to launch a brand new Kickstarter on August 18th. The quartet has been working on a lot of new original music and plan to give fans a taste of their new, somewhat stylistically different material via a new EP that will be released in 2018. This EP will featured 3 new original songs, 2 of which will be exclusive to this release. It will also feature a few covers, including Iron Maiden’s “Déjà vu” and Queensryche’s “Roads to Madness” that were chose via the last Kickstarter project by fans. Vocalist Sarah Teets says,
“We really just want to make sure we do something awesome for all our fans who have continued to support us over the years. The band has been able to do so much of what we’ve done purely because of our fans. We wouldn’t be here without them.”
This new release will feature keyboard work from Jonah Weingarten of Pyramaze, who toured live with MindMaze in May when they toured the US and Canada with Arkona and Sirenia.
MindMaze also just relaunched their official website with the help of graphic designer Mallory Jacobson.
Here is a video for “Slave to the Cycle”was a new studio track off of MindMaze’s limited edition Dreamwalker EP, released July 27th, 2015. Their first Kickstarter campaign !!
Liz and Bryan of Dark Beauty will be performing live electric and acoustic versions of songs from our first album Fall From Grace, as well as previews of songs from our upcoming second release and some surprises!
We’ve scheduled it so that friends from the US and Europe can all attend. It’s a free event and we hope to see you there!
About The Band
Dark Beauty plays symphonic gothic progressive rock, which combines elements of rock, opera, theater, symphonic, dance and world music into a true one-of-a-kind concept album experience. Their debut Fall From Grace and upcoming second release Labyrinth tell the story of The Dark Angel, her tragic fall, and adventures in the dark mysterious land of Markhum. Dark Beauty is currently working on bringing the majesty and epic scope of the tale of the Dark Angel to the stage.
Liz Tapia – Lead Vocalist/Songwriter/Founder
Bryan Zeigler – Lead Guitarist
Warren Helms – Keyboardist
Dan Granda – Drums/Percussion
Gary Perkinson – Bass Player – Fall From Grace
Clive Smith – Bass Player – Spirits of a Dead Earth & Next Album Release
August 17, 2017 – Globetrotting guitarist extraordinaire, JEFF KOLLMAN (BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT, ASIA feat. JOHN PAYNE), is making his long-awaited return to Japan with his celebrated progressive rock trio COSMOSQUAD in support of their new album, “The Morbid Tango”, with shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo starting this Friday. Kollman is also set to reunite with the ‘Voice of Rock’, GLENN HUGHES (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), for a string of special shows in Australia and New Zealand in September and October. In addition, Kollman has announced the remastered re-issue of his acclaimed third solo album, “Shedding Skin”, originally released in 1999.
States Kollman: “Well, back on the road after squeezing in some family vacation time in the Midwest. No rest for the wicked as they say! Extremely excited to finally get back over to Japan with COSMOSQUAD and playing “The Morbid Tango” material for the fans. Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo – here we come! Also, in case you haven’t heard yet, I’ll be joining ‘Big Daddy’ GLENN Hughes for a half dozen shows in Australia and New Zealand in September and into early October. Looking forward to re-connecting on stage – it’s been quite a while since we last played together but Glenn is always amazing to work with. We will perform full concerts of classic DEEP PURPLE material. So many great tracks on “Burn”, “Stormbringer”, and “Come Taste The Band”. Glenn and Purple fans will be in for a real treat! And in-between those two treks I’ll be doing ASIA and a pair of ROCK PACK shows – those are always fun to do. How could it not when you’re standing next to singers like Lou Gramm, Steve Augeri, Bobby Kimball, and John Payne playing some of the most iconic rock songs ever written? – Last but not least, I’m finally getting around to putting my third solo album, “Shedding Skin”, back in print. I just got the re-mastered master back from Borislav Dimitrov at HiZ Productions who also mastered “The Morbid Tango” for us, and it’s sounding killer! The official release date is Friday, September 1.”
Exact JEFF KOLLMAN tour dates are as follows:
Aug. 18 – Shangri-La, Osaka, Japan
Aug. 20 – Club Upset, Nagoya-Ikeshita, Japan Aug. 21 – Unit, Tokyo, Japan
ROCK PACK (feat. Lou Gramm, Steve Augeri, Bobby Kimball, John Payne):
Aug 27 – London Blues Fest, London, ON, Canada
Aug 30 – Jean Piere Complex, Port of Spain, Trinidad
ASIA feat. JOHN PAYNE: Sep. 02 – Woodstock County Fair – Woodstock, CT
Sep. 20 – State Theatre – Sydney, Australia
Sep. 24 – Perth Concert Hall – Perth, Australia
Sep. 26 – Horncastle Arena – Christchurch, New Zealand
Sep. 27 – Michael Fowler Centre – Wellington, New Zealand
Sep. 29 – Hamer Hall – Melbourne, Australia
Oct. 01 – Qpac Concert Hall – Brisbane, Australia
Oct. 02 – ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre – Auckland, New Zealand
KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, will release their new live album “Leftoverture Live & Beyond” on November 3, 2017. This is the first live album since 2009 for the band that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust in the Wind,’ to progressive epics like ‘Miracles Out of Nowhere.’
“Leftoverture Live & Beyond,” produced by Jeff Glixman, features nineteen songs selected from twelve shows recorded during KANSAS’s Spring 2017 Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. The set list includes classic hits, deep cuts, new songs from 2016’s studio album “The Prelude Implicit,” and culminates with the band’s sextuple-platinum breakthrough album, “Leftoverture,” performed in its entirety.
Coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of “Leftoverture,” and the release of “The Prelude Implicit,” KANSAS embarked on their biggest headlining tour in decades. The overwhelming success of that tour led the band, along with Inside Out Music, to release selected songs from the tour as a live album.
“When we saw how much our fans enjoyed the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour shows, we knew we had to record a live album,” said KANSAS drummer, Phil Ehart. “When it came to finding someone to produce it, we thought the best possible person would be the guy that produced ‘Leftoverture’ forty years ago. So, we called Jeff Glixman!”
“I’m really excited with how this live album sounds,” adds producer, Jeff Glixman. “This band is on fire. Producing this live album was truly an undertaking, but I am confident that KANSAS fans will enjoy the end result.”
“Leftoverture Live & Beyond,” will be released on November 3, 2017, on Inside Out Music and is distributed by The Orchard. The album will be available as a double CD digipak, four 180 Gram Vinyl boxed set, and digitally on iTunes and Google Play.
Leftoverture Live & Beyond Track Listing:
1.) Icarus II
3.) Point of Know Return
5.) Journey from Mariabronn
6.) Lamplight Symphony
7.) Dust in the Wind
8.) Rhythm in the Spirit
9.) The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
10.) Section 60
11.) Carry On Wayward Son
12.) The Wall
13.) What’s on My Mind
14.) Miracles out of Nowhere
15.) Opus Insert
16.) Questions of My Childhood
17.) Cheyenne Anthem
18.) Magnum Opus
19.) Portrait (He Knew)
KANSAS will resume the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour this fall. More information on the tour, including specific Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour dates, can be found at www.kansasband.com