The pandemic has closed music venues and brought in-person live music performances to a screeching halt. We don’t know how long we will have to wait before it will be truly safe to stage a festival, but we will be back! Meanwhile, we will be bringing music right to you with some great shows from artists performing live in their homes or home studios. The series will be presented every Saturday night, 5PM – 10PM US Eastern, starting on August 1, 2020, followed by Gagliarchives Radio Philadelphia on the HOUSE of PROG – Music Page. Some Saturdays we will start one hour early at 4PM to accommodate artists live streaming from Europe.
The individual performances on StageIt are separate shows. Audience members will purchase a ticket to each performance individually, not the whole night as a block. Some shows will be 45 minutes and others will be 90, so we may have as few as 3 shows or as many as 6 on each Saturday night.
StageIt is all about experiencing music in the moment, duplicating the live music experience as closely as possible. You have to be there to see it, just like you would in a venue, so shows are only available on their site during the performance window. Some of our artists may choose to capture their shows and make them available later on some other service (YouTube, Facebook) and we (ProgStock) may even capture some of the shows, with artist permission, of course, but the shows will not be available on StageIt outside the show window.
Details for StageIt: Shows will be presented on StageIt. To participate, you must have a StageIt account. If you don’t yet have an account, here’s what to do:
Go to stageit.com (on a laptop or desktop, the site is not mobile-friendly for opening accounts, purchasing Notes/tickets, but works on mobile for viewing)
Click Sign Up (upper right corner)
Create a username and password
Click “Buy Notes” (10 notes = $1) – The StageIt system sells Notes in minimum intervals of $5 (50 Notes).
After choosing how many Notes you want to purchase, choose your payment type – it’ll be credit card or PayPal (with PayPal, you do not need to have an account, you can use a credit/debit card as a guest).
You will also be able to tip the artists before, during and after the shows with Notes. Consider loading up your account now, so you can have some fun with tipping while supporting your favorite artists. Tips show up on the screen as colored bars and many artists view them as the alternative to applause!
Pricing: Starting in September, 45-minute shows will have a minimum ticket price of $4.00 (40 Notes) and 90-minutes shows will have a minimum ticket price of $8.00 (80 Notes), with prices in US Dollars. You can pay more, if you have the means, and you will also be able to tip during the show with your StageIt Notes. We encourage you to support the artists at this difficult time.
Show Archive: Saturday, August 1: 5PM: Peter Jones of Tiger Moth Tales (45 minutes) 6PM: Julie Slick – Bassfest (90 minutes) 8PM: Rachel Flowers (90 minutes)
Saturday, August 8: 4PM: Markus Reuter of Stick Men (45 minutes) 5PM: Jean Pageau of Mystery (45 minutes) 6PM: Jimmy Keegan of Pattern-Seeking Animals (45 minutes) 7PM: Paul Bielatowicz of Carl Palmer Band (45 minutes) 8PM: Dennis Atlas of Initiator and Arch Allies (90 minutes)
Frogbelly and Symphony has been postponed to September 12 at 6PM 6PM: Gabriel Agudo (45 minutes) 7PM: André Cholmondeley of Project/Object (45 minutes) 8PM: Bob Richardson of Cell15 (90 minutes)
Lifesigns UK tour, which starts in Swindon on Friday! All going well, the band is sounding great and we’re introducing a few new tunes to the set. Hope some of you can make it along – full gig list below. Last weekend I recorded the guitar parts for a new 15 minute epic piece for the forthcoming Lifesigns album. The track is called ‘Altitude‘ and is sounding amazing. It won’t be included in the set as we’re still working on completing it and it will need a lot of rehearsal, but I hope it will be ready to be included in subsequent tours later in the year!
On tour with Lifesigns, Fernando Perdomo, Sally Minnear & Strawbs!
STRAWBS ELECTRIC BAND UK TOUR (Further info here) 17th June Cheese & Grain, Frome 19th June Clarence Hall, Abergavenny, Wales 20th June Trading Boundaries, East Sussex 21st June Cambridge Rock Festival, Peterborough 22nd June Robin 2, Bilston 23rd June The Stables, Wavendon
As mentioned in the previous newsletter, another very exciting project I’ve been working on with Rob Ayling from Gonzo Multimedia is a new Iona 30th Anniversary box set!! Actually this will be the first of several Iona box set releases and will be titled ‘The Book of Iona’ In the past few weeks I’ve been going through my extensive archive of Iona recordings, looking for things to include on the companion disk which will accompany each of the studio albums and I’ve discovered some amazing stuff! Previously unreleased songs, original demo tapes, alternate mixes, live recordings I’d completely forgotten about etc!! A real treasure trove for all Iona fans. I played some of these to Rob the other day and he was blown away by what I’d found – some real gems, including a recording from August 1989 of the very first time Joanne and I got together to record demos of some of her just written songs for the first album! It’s taking me a while to go through everything and choose what to include, but the recordings give an incredible insight into the background behind the band’s albums and working methods. Above is an illustration of how the box set will look. I saw a prototype of the box a few days ago and it looks really great – very substantial and classy – a real coffee table item! More on this soon and on the new Open Sky Records online store, which will be launching very soon!!
Hi Everyone, we’re now 6 gigs into the Paul and Dave’s ‘Excellent Adventure’ tour here in the USA/Canada, with my friend and one of the most incredible guitarists on the planet, Paul Bielatowicz. The mix of house concerts and small venues is proving an adventure indeed and we’ve met some fantastic people on the way so far. Our mix of Classical, Celtic, Rock, Improvisation along with Classic and Contemporary Film is proving to be very popular. And….news just in!!…we have a new date added to the tour!!! We’ve just been confirmed to play at ProgStock Festival in New Jersey on 12th October!!
This is held at the Union County Performing Arts Center (or UCPAC) theatre located at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, New Jersey 07065. It’s possible to purchase day tickets for the festival, which also features the amazing Brand X playing just before us! Contact (252) 402-5395 or [email protected]
As our publicity blurb says; “UK guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and multi-instrumentalist Dave Bainbridge are best known for their virtuoso work with some of the biggest names in progressive rock. Collectively they’ve played, recorded and toured the world with Carl Palmer (ELP), The Strawbs, Neal Morse, Lifesigns, YES, Jack Bruce, Dream Theater, Iona & Asia…Join them for their “Excellent Adventure” tour, as they take you on a multi-media, multi-instrumental and multi-talented journey of music from their respective careers, including a selection of live scores performed to film.This promises to be an evening not to be missed.”
Here are the remaining public dates. Follow the link below for ticket info. Best Wishes, Dave Bainbridge
Featuring special guests Tony Visconti, Annie Haslam, Larry Fast and others! Weekend celebration of the first album release by seminal British band.
In celebration of their 50th anniversary, UK music legends Strawbs, plus a host of guest performers, former Strawbs, and Strawbs-related artists, will be performing at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ on April 26-28, 2019!
Come join a weekend celebration of the first album release by seminal British band Strawbs!
Strawbs are Britain’s most successful international progressive folk-rock band. They are mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands Yes, King Crimson and The Moody Blues. Strawbs have a devoted fan base that continues to grow on the strength of their incredible live performances together with their classic albums over the years including “Grave New World”, “Bursting at the Seams”, “Hero & Heroine” and “Ghosts.” The band has achieved sales of over three million albums, seven consecutive Strawbs albums have featured in the US Billboard Top 200 albums.
Many top musicians have featured in the Strawbs line up over the years, including Sonjia Kristina, Blue Weaver, Don Airey and as well as Rick Wakeman , both his classically trained sons Adam and Oliver have been featured, a certain compliment to the band’s talent. After several years of touring in both acoustic and electric lineups, in 2017 Strawbs released “The Ferryman’s Curse,” their first studio album of original material in eight years. The album returned to the album charts and garnered rave reviews worldwide!
The current Strawbs line-up comprises David Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Tony Fernandez, who recorded and toured together in the 1970s. They are joined by keyboard and guitar virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona – a band who created a mystical blend of rock, folk, Celtic and ambient music – a perfect match for Strawbs.
David Cousins (1968 – present) Dave Lambert (1972 – present) Chas Cronk (1973 – present) Tony Fernandez (1978 – present) Dave Bainbridge (2016 – present)
With TERRA NOVA ORCHESTRA – 30 PIECE ORCHESTRA
Blue Weaver (1971 – 1973) (subject to visas) – Amen Corner, Mott the Hoople, Bee Gees (Played on “Saturday Night Fever” and the 1970s hits) John Ford (1969 – 1973) – Velvet Opera, Hudson Ford (Writer of Strawbs biggest single “Part of the Union”) John Hawken (1973 – 1976) – Nashville Teens, Renaissance, Illusion Brian Willoughby (1978 – 2092) – Mary Hopkin, The Monks, Nanci Griffith
Tony Visconti – David Bowie, T Rex, Moody Blues, Gentle Giant, Angélique Kidjo Annie Haslam – Renaissance Larry Fast – Nektar, Synergy, Peter Gabriel Eric Bazilian – The Hooters, Joan Osborne Wesley Stace – John Wesley Harding, Cabinet of Wonders Cathryn Craig – Bill Medley
Tony Visconti – conducts Strawbs with the Terra Nova Orchestra for the first orchestral performance of “Oh How She Changed”, the band’s first single, featuring a new Tony Visconti arrangement.
David Cousins, Blue Weaver, John Ford will play the whole of Strawbs classic album “Grave New World” with Eric Bazilion and narrator Wesley Stace.
Annie Haslam – sings Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” with the Terra Nova Orchestra, featuring a brand new arrangement by Tony Visconti.
Eric Bazilion – sings “What If God Was One Of Us,” the hit he wrote and produced for Joan Osborne, with Strawbs and the Terra Nova Orchestra.
Sandy Denny and the Strawbs – the classic songs recreated by Annie Haslam and Acoustic Strawbs.
Larry Fast and David Cousins – Peter Gabriel’s synthesizer master and the complete songwriter put a new edge on Strawbs lesser known material.
Strand Theater Center for the Arts 400 Clifton Avenue Lakewood New Jersey 08701 Phone: (732) 367-7789
Historic 1922 theater for the Jersey Shore. 60 minutes from Newark Airport 90 minutes from Manhattan
DATE AND TIME:
Friday – 26 April 2018 Performances 6pm – 10.30pm
Saturday – 27 April 2018 Performances 1pm – 10.30pm
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