We’re absolutely delighted to be able to reveal the amazing artwork created for us by multi-award-winning British illustrator, author, and musician Martin Springett ( https://martinspringett.com/ ). Martin has beautifully incorporated the Festival’s traditional sun symbol, which has appeared on every RoSFest poster since the very first edition, the newly adopted frigate bird emblem, representing perseverance and strength which reflects our commitment and determination to take the festival into the future, and the personification of Spring bursting forth from a fabulous bloom.
Martin has been an illustrator of fantasy book covers and children’s picture books since 1984, when he illustrated the covers for Guy Gavriel Kay’s classic fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. Martin’s Fionavar covers were published worldwide and are still in print.
He has won the Aurora Award for fantasy illustration, the Ruth Schwartz Award in the children’s picture book field for The Nightwalker, and was nominated for the Governor Generals Award for his illustrations in Richard Thompson’s book, Who. Other book titles featuring Martin’s illustrations include Mei Ming and The Dragon’s Daughter, The Follower, and Too Many Suns.
As a writer, Martin authored and illustrated his first book, Jousting with Jesters in 2006. In 2011, Fitzhenry and Whiteside published his Breakfast on a Dragon’s Tail: And Other Book Biteswhile Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Friendship (2012), written by Martin and featuring photographs by his sister, Isobel, has won numerous accolades including The Blue Spruce award.
As a musician, Martin recorded his first album in 1969; Under the Mountain is a setting of J R R Tolkien’s poems from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. As the founding member of The Gardening Club, he has released six albums under that name plus four solo albums.
The Platinum Membership gives you admittance to three days of the RoSFest music festival with exclusive access to the best seats in the theater, (membership seating will not be available via our online ticketing channels).
Special RoSFest VIP lanyard & pass granting early admittance to the theater with access to select meet and greets and pre-show sound checks (some limitations apply). Exclusive RoSFest T-shirt plus your name will be added to a designated thank you page here on the website.
Once you have purchased your Platinum Membership, we will be calling you to thank you for becoming a Platinum Membership and to assign seating with you. Thank you for your support.
Limited Platinum Membership select premium seats are available at $550.00 each for the three-day pass. $200.00 of every Platinum Membership ticket ($550.00) price is gifted as a donation.
Note* The gift donation component of the ticket sale is tax-deductible in the USA.
Music. Culture. Community.
The organizers have announced the following acts to perform at the festival. Kings X, Robert Berry’s 3.2, Pattern-Seeking Animals, Ten Jinn, Lobate Scarp & Arc Iris.
More announcements to follow.
Festival Dates: April 15th, 16th, & 17th, 2022 Location: Sarasota Opera House Address: 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236 https://www.sarasotaopera.org/
California-based, Pattern-Seeking Animals, featuring Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan, Dave Meros, and John Boegehold, and art-pop trio, Arc Iris, are the latest additions to the festival’s 2022 Easter line-up.
Both acts had originally been billed to play at the canceled 2020 edition of RoSFest; “we know the care and enthusiasm for great live music that George Roldan [festival founder and former director] always put into his line-up choices, so it made sense to try and pick up directly from where he left off and rebook bands who should have played at the Sarasota Opera house back in 2020 but lost out due to the pandemic”, says Board of Director member, Octavia Brown, “something already seen when we announced Lobate Scarp earlier this year”.
P-SA’s appearance at RoSFest is set to be just one in a series of live shows planned (and the first since the band got together in 2018) to support the release of their as yet untitled third studio album. It also represents a second festival performance for Jimmy Keegan, already part of the festival line-up as drummer with Robert Berry’s 3.2.
Pattern-Seeking Animals, the California-based prog band featuring Ted Leonard (lead vocals & guitars), Jimmy Keegan (drums & vocals), Dave Meros (bass), and John Boegehold (keyboards), has been around for less than three years but has already released two well-received albums: the eponymous debut album in 2019 and “Prehensile Tales” in 2020, both on Inside Out Music.
As John explains, “Originally P-SA was intended to be a recording project but as the debut album started coming together, we began talking seriously about doing it as a live band”.
“This music would be a challenge for a four-piece band to pull off live,” says drummer, Jimmy Keegan, “so we’ve enlisted two additional multi-talented musicians to cover all the bases”.
They’re as yet-to-be-titled third album is slated for an early 2022 release and will be supported by the band’s first live shows, including an appearance at RoSFest on Sunday, April 17th.
Arc Iris, on the other hand, will be bringing their own very unique flavor to the festival. Originally the solo project of Jocie Adams, their heavily textured melodies and rhythms will, without doubt, captivate the RoSFest audience.
Arc Iris, the art-pop trio from Los Angeles, successfully combines story-based songs with dense electronic and orchestral arrangements. The group, which started out as the solo project of Jocie Adams (formerly of The Low Anthem) includes keyboardist, sample artist, and frequent Jon Anderson collaborator, Zach Tenorio-Miller, and drummer, Ray Belli.
Arc Iris released its acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014 on ANTI/Bella Union and followed it up in 2016 with “Moon Saloon”, a record that represents a natural progression of the first album’s whimsical explorations and energetic diversity. Produced by the group and mixed by electronic producer David Wrench of FKA Twigs and Jamie xx fame, “Moon Saloon” showcases beat-heavy melodies and textural, groove-riding rhythms. Following the release of their second album, the band toured a complete re-imagination of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’. The band later went on to release their cover version of the classic 1971 album under the name of “Foggy Lullaby” in 2018, a year which also saw the release of their fourth album, “Icon of Ego”. Shortly before the pandemic, the band premiered its most ambitious project to date, “iTMRW: A Sci-Fi Ballet”.
When RoSFest 2020 was canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic and festival founder, George Roldan, went on to announce that he would no longer be organizing the festival, many bands and musicians thought they had seen the curtain come down on their dreams of playing at the beautiful Sarasota Opera House, none more so than those who had been scheduled to play that year.
One such band is Lobate Scarp, and we are delighted to announce that we were able to reschedule their performance for 2022.
We look forward to finally welcoming Adam Sears, Andy Catt, Peter Matuchniak, Lance Crane, and Emer Kinsella to Sarasota, and we can’t wait to hear their live performance. Watch the trailer.
RoSFest: Music. Culture. Community.
Lobate Scarp will kick off the 2nd day’s festivities on Saturday, April 16th, 2022. Lobate Scarp’s twist on Progressive Rock music will take you on a unique musical journey. Their music has given delight to fans of Yes, Rush, Queen, 80’s pop, and musical theater alike.
Video by: Adam Sears Song: Nothing Wrong from the Spirals and Portals (EP) 2019
King’s X will be headlining on Sunday April 17th, showing that RoSFest’s new Board of Directors has every intention of bringing its first edition of the festival to a magnificent close.
Video by Shelby Logan Warne
The US rock trio, whose latest album is currently being finalized at the Bernie Grundman Mastering facility in California, is eager to get back on the road after their 2019 touring plans had to be canceled and the covid-19 pandemic plunged the entire live music scene into a forced hiatus throughout 2020 and the best part of 2021. With their thirteenth studio album promising to be a powerful blend of sounds ranging from “’Penny Lane’ to the heaviest MESHUGGAH’”, according to frontman, Doug Pinnick, RoSFest organizers felt they couldn’t let their patrons miss out on what promises to be a spectacular show.
3/4/5 SEPTEMBER 2021 Every evening concerts starting at 18:00 Piazzetta della Musica GATTICO-VERUNO (NO)
It is difficult to explain with what joy we write and distribute this press release. Finally, after a year of forced stop, live music is back, and with it, one of the most important progressive rock festivals at an international level: 2 DAYS PROG + 1 Festival is back!
Although the period we are facing has accustomed us to changes, our Festival returns as you have always known it: three evenings animated by four bands each, twelve names in all. The only difference from previous years is that, contrary to the golden rule of the Verunese review, some artists have already been our guests before. This is not a permanent change, but only an exceptional case dictated by (fortunately) exceptional conditions. That said, our deepest gratitude goes to the groups that will return to the Veruno stage, and – we are sure – the warm affection of the public will also go!
So, are you ready to discover the incredible line-up of the 2021 edition ?!
It starts in style on Friday 3 September with RØSENKREÜTZ, a neo-progressive project band that combines classic British-derived prog with modern influences. Followed by METAMORFOSI, pioneers of Italian prog as well as exceptional performers. Finally, two really unmissable names for prog-amateurs conclude the evening: GOBLIN REBIRTH and LE ORME! The former is strongly discouraged for the faint of heart (get ready to relive the gothic atmosphere that so excited Dario Argento), while the latter – together with PFM and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso – have a rightful place in the Olympus of Italian prog. A simply unmissable evening.
Speaking of BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO … What if we told you that Banco will be the headliner of the second date? That’s right: the evening of Saturday 4 September will be closed by the legendary B.M.S. But, since quality music in Veruno is never enough, they will play before the Banco three other exceptional names: THE TRIP directly from the Anglo-Italian scene of the 70s, followed by the anarcho-psychedelic rock of THE WINSTONS and, in order not to miss anything, the REVERSE OF THE MEDAL! In short, two evenings that fully pay homage to the history of Italian prog.
We conclude our review with the third and last day of the Festival, Sunday 5th September. IL PORTO DI VENERE (which will present the songs of the debut album) and NOSOUND (from the parts of Porcupine Tree, to be clear) open the dances, while to close them there will be a more unique than a rare event: two great names of Italian music of the caliber by ALBERTO FORTIS and OSANNA will play with the VERUNESE SEPTEMBER MUSIC ORCHESTRA! A concert that will see rock and classical sounds intertwine, two souls only apparently distant, as prog has always taught us.
Last but not least: every day, about a couple of hours before the start of the concerts, at the Forum19 Auditorium a few steps from the stage, it will be possible to participate in the Meet & Greet. Not only meeting with the names of the Festival, but also an opportunity to listen to other artists, such as feat. Esserelà (3-4 September), KU.DA (4 September) and The Forty Days (5 September).
It seems to us a comeback in a big way, and to you? We are waiting for you! N.B. All concerts will take place outdoors, will have free admission and you will be able to take advantage of the catering service within the area.
3/4/5 SEPTEMBER 2021 Veruno, 28010 Province of Novara, Italy+39 371 376 9798 email@example.com
2 DAYS PROG +1 FESTIVAL3/4/5 SETTEMBRE 2021 Ogni sera concerti a partire dalle ore 18:00 Piazzetta della Musica GATTICO-VERUNO (NO)
Difficile spiegare con quanta gioia scriviamo e diffondiamo questo comunicato. Finalmente, dopo un anno di stop forzato, torna la musica dal vivo, e con lei uno dei più importanti festival di progressive rock a livello internazionale: 2 DAYS PROG + 1 Festival is back!
Sebbene il periodo che stiamo affrontando ci abbia abituati ai cambiamenti, il nostro Festival ritorna così come lo avete sempre conosciuto: tre serate animate da quattro band l’una, dodici nomi in tutto. L’unica differenza rispetto agli anni scorsi è che, contrariamente alla regola d’oro della rassegna verunese, alcuni artisti sono già stati nostri ospiti in precedenza. Non si tratta di una modifica permanente, ma solo di un caso eccezionale dettato da condizioni (fortunatamente) eccezionali. Ciò detto, ai gruppi che torneranno a calcare il palco di Veruno va la nostra più profonda gratitudine e – ne siamo certi – andrà anche il caloroso affetto del pubblico!
Allora, siete pronti a scoprire l’incredibile line-up dell’edizione 2021?!
Si parte in grande stile Venerdì 3 Settembre con i RØSENKREÜTZ, project band di neoprogressive che unisce il prog classico di derivazione britannica a contaminazioni moderne. Seguono i METAMORFOSI, pionieri del prog italiano nonché performer eccezionali. Infine, concludono la serata due nomi veramente irrinunciabili per i prog-amatori: i GOBLIN REBIRTH e LE ORME! I primi sono fortemente sconsigliati ai deboli di cuore (preparatevi a rivivere le atmosfere gotiche che tanto hanno entusiasmato Dario Argento), mentre i secondi – insieme alla PFM e al Banco del Mutuo Soccorso – hanno un posto di diritto nell’Olimpo del prog italiano. Una serata semplicemente imperdibile.
A proposito di BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO… E se vi dicessimo che il Banco sarà l’headliner della seconda data? Proprio così: la serata di Sabato 4 Settembre sarà chiusa dal mitico B.M.S. Ma, siccome la musica di qualità a Veruno non è mai abbastanza, prima del Banco suoneranno
altri tre nomi eccezionali: direttamente dalla scena anglo-italiana degli anni ’70 THE TRIP, seguiti dal rock anarco-psichedelico di THE WINSTONS e, per non farci mancare niente, il ROVESCIO DELLA MEDAGLIA! Insomma, due serate che omaggiano appieno la storia del prog italiano.
Concludiamo la nostra rassegna con la terza e ultima giornata del Festival, Domenica 5 Settembre. Aprono le danze IL PORTO DI VENERE (che presenterà i brani del disco di esordio) e NOSOUND (dalle parti dei Porcupine Tree, per intenderci), mentre a chiuderle ci sarà un evento più unico che raro: due grandi nomi della musica italiana del calibro di ALBERTO FORTIS e OSANNA suoneranno in compagnia dell’ORCHESTRA SETTEMBRE MUSICALE VERUNESE! Un concerto che vedrà intrecciarsi sonorità rock e classicheggianti, due anime solo apparentemente distanti, come il prog ci ha sempre insegnato.
Ultimo ma non ultimo appuntamento: ogni giorno, circa un paio d’ore prima dell’inizio dei concerti, presso l’Auditorium Forum19 a pochi passi dal palco, sarà possibile partecipare al Meet&Greet. Non solo incontro con i nomi del Festival, ma anche occasione di ascoltare altri artisti, come feat. Esserelà (3-4 Settembre), KU.DA (4 Settembre) e The Forty Days (5 Settembre).
A noi sembra un ritorno in grande stile, e a voi? Vi aspettiamo!
N.B. Tutti i concerti si svolgeranno all’aperto, saranno a ingresso gratuito e si potrà usufruire del servizio di ristorazione all’interno dell’area.
3/4/5 SEPTEMBER 2021 Veruno, 28010 Province of Novara, Italy +39 371 376 9798 firstname.lastname@example.org
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