A ProgStock 5-Year Patron may select any available seat within our theater and reserve it for 5 years, starting with this year’s festival. Patrons receive a three-day pass to the festival and are also entitled to these amazing perks:
Earliest access to the lobby each day (30 minutes before all others)
First-in-line access to all artist meet-and-greets each day (before all others)
Highly-valuable merchandise packages (unique each year, with cool freebies from us and our artists)
An exclusive ProgStock 5-Year Patron badge (new and unique each year)
Great perks throughout the year when opportunities arise from our alums and friends.
You know you want to join the club!
Pre-show will be Thursday, October 6 We wanted to alert everyone already making travel arrangements that there will be a pre-show on Thursday, October 6.
We are hoping this show will be the grand re-opening of the Hamilton Stage Building. You will recall, the Hamilton Stage Building was flooded by Hurricane Ida last year. Tickets for the show will go on sale in the next couple of weeks, but for now, we want to put it on your radar, so you can plan travel accordingly.
The lineup for this show currently includes Mile Marker Zero We will have at least one more surprise for you, maybe more! Stay tuned!
We know we just announced them in the last newsletter, however, Dauzat St. Marie will not be able to make it this year due to last-minute rescheduling of some previously canceled shows, but they are officially booked for our pre-show in 2023
The official merchandise from ProgStock 2021 is now available in the ProgStock Store.
You will find the t-shirts, posters, programs, shot glasses, and wristbands from ProgStock 2021 in there, alongside the same from previous years.
We even have a set of the glassware from all five years: the pint glass, stemless wine glass, glass beer mug, and both shot glasses (because you needed two shots), all for only $50 for the whole set.
PLUS ProgStock hats, water bottles, coffee mugs, stickers, car clings, jewelry, key rings, and guitar picks that don’t have a year on them at all.
Prog-Ducer Passes on Sale TODAY Saturday, June 25 at 12:00 PM ET
ProgStock 2022 Current Lineup
Orpheus Nine District 97 Rachel Flowers Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella Pattern-Seeking Animals Adam Holzman & Brave New World ProgJect Stick Men Reuter Motzer Grohowski More acts to come!
Evership Special pre-release album listening party (venue TBD) for the new album, The Uncrowned King – Act 2 The full band will join us at ProgStock 2023…but, they have some additional surprises in the works for us in 2022. Stay tuned!
ProgStock 2022 Ticket Options & Sale Dates
Prog-Ducer Passes Available Beginning TODAY, Saturday, June 25 at 12:00 PM ET Prog-Ducer 3-Day Pass: $375 USD (plus taxes & fees) Early access to the lobby each day (30 minutes before regular attendees) Priority access to artist meet-and-greets each day (after 5-Year Patrons) Merchandise package, including some special items only for Prog-Ducers: Exclusive ProgStock 2022 Prog-Ducer Wristband (wear it proudly!) Other special items (to be determined) exclusive to Prog-Ducers Select items from our ProgStock 2022 merchandise catalog Festival Poster, Wristband, and Program (with autograph pages!) Festival T-Shirt in your chosen style and size
Regular 3-Day Passes and 1-Day Passes Not Available Until Saturday, July 16 at 12:00PM ET
Regular 3-Day Pass: $250 USD (plus taxes & fees) Access to artist meet-and-greets each day (after Prog-Ducers) Festival Poster, Wristband, and Program (with autograph pages!) Festival T-Shirt in your chosen style and size Single-Day Pass: $75/$100 USD (plus taxes & fees) Friday: $75 USD, Saturday: $100 USD, Sunday: $100 USD Access to artist meet-and-greets that day (after Prog-Ducers) Streaming Options: Coming soon!
5-Year Patron Passes Available NOW and anytime before October 7, 2022 A ProgStock 5-Year Patron may select any available seat within our theater and reserve it for 5 years, starting with this year’s festival. Patrons receive a three-day pass to the festival and are also entitled to these amazing perks:
Earliest access to the lobby each day (30 minutes before all others) First-in-line access to all artist meet-and-greets each day (before all others) Highly-valuable merchandise packages (unique each year, with cool freebies from us and our artists) An exclusive ProgStock 5-Year Patron badge (new and unique each year) Great perks throughout the year when opportunities arise from our alums and friends.
Hint: There are only about 200 seats in our theater this year…so, once these go on sale, don’t wait…act fast! No seats are being saved for Regular passes!
Early access to the lobby each day (30 minutes before regular attendees) Priority access to all artist meet-and-greets each day (after 5-Year Patrons) Priority access to all late-night events each day (if capacity is limited) A special merchandise package (festival t-shirt plus other cool freebies from us) An exclusive ProgStock 2021 Prog-Ducer wristband
NOTE: If you have any difficulty purchasing tickets, please contact us at (252) 402-5395 or [email protected] Starting Saturday, July 10, 2021 @ 12:00pm Eastern Daylight Time ProgStock 2021 Regular 3-Day Pass: $225 USD (plus taxes & fees)
Access to all artist meet-and-greets each day Access to all late-night events each day (as capacity allows)
NOTE: If you have any difficulty purchasing tickets, please contact us at (252) 402-5395 or [email protected]
Streaming Options (details to be determined):
Information about live-streaming ProgStock 2021 will be available in September. Information about on-demand viewing of ProgStock 2021 performances after the festival ends will be provided later this fall.
ProgStock Festival, the American Northeast’s Only International Progressive Rock Festival, will triumphantly return to the stage for its fifth year in 2021. As the world is still emerging from the pandemic, ProgStock 2021 has been designed as a hybrid event, allowing fans to experience the festival in a manner that suits their personal choice. In-person attendance passes include a seat in the theater, access to artist meet-and-greets, and participation in after-parties. For those who wish to (or must) participate virtually from afar, we will offer live streaming and the ability to view performances for a limited time after the festival concludes.
The festival will take place on the weekend of October 1-3, 2021, in the Hamilton Stage building of the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), located at 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, New Jersey 07065 (a short walk away from the Main Stage theater on Irving Street). The Hamilton Stage theater is of much smaller capacity than the Main Stage theater, so please act quickly once passes are placed on sale!
Details of the festival lineup, event timeline, ticket pricing, and partner hotels will be announced over the next few weeks. Passes for 3-day in-person attendance will go on sale in June. Details of how to participate in other viewing options will also be provided this summer.
ProgStock Festival was founded to give artists and fans in the genre of progressive rock a place to play and experience their favorite music in a great environment. ProgStock’s main stage will feature music that most radio hosts would find to be too long and too complex to play on the air. Dancing in 7/8, indeed, is left to fans who are accustomed to calculating high math in their heads. However, the festival presents a variety of rock that can be enjoyed by any music lover.
ProgStock Festival provides the artists, attendees, and their families with a great place to share their talents and love for music in a family-friendly environment. Artists mingle with the fans and share experiences as well as music and art. The venue provides everyone with a comfortable place to listen to music with phenomenal sound. The City of Rahway provides everyone with a hub where they can enjoy the festival, enjoy great food and beverages, shop, relax and recover in a beautiful hotel room, and easily hop on a train from and to Newark International Airport or New York City.
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius will be live-streaming their first full band performance since March 2020 from a friend’s (Matt Vanacoro) studio! The performance will culminate with the WORLD PREMIERE of a new Song & Video STORM SURGE!
STORM SURGE will NOT be available to the public until late September early October. The band are making this early access to the song an EXCLUSIVE for Virtual Progstock attendees.
A little over a year ago, my son Max was playing a short piano piece by 19th-century composer Friedrich Burgmüller, called “The Storm.” The piece was stuck in my head because I would hear him practicing it every day. I started to imagine it as a rock power ballad and began to sketch out a slowed-down version with the basic chord changes and structure.
I was imagining a cello replacing the ostinato part played by the left hand on the piano, so I asked my friend Ruti Celli, who I met on Cruise to the Edge last year when we played with Dave Kerzner and In Continuum, to contribute her beautiful part.
Our drummer, Jason Gianni, had a sketch he never finished that he thought would be a perfect fit in the middle of the song. I layered a huge string orchestra on top of that section and recruited the great guitarist/producer Fernando Perdomoto laid down a soaring guitar solo.
Next, I was hearing a flute during the breakdown section that followed. We have never had a flute, or any woodwinds for that matter, on one of our recordings! I asked the genius multi-instrumentalist Rachel Flowers to play the flute and lay down a piano track for the song. Rachel has been blind since age 3 and plays piano, flute, bass, guitar, drums, stick, sings, and records and mixes her own albums! I’ve met and worked with a lot of gifted people in my career, but don’t think I have ever met a person with this level of talent! Check out the documentary about her, Hearing is Believing, on Amazon Prime.
Finally, I’ve been into the idea of using outside singers inStratospheerius. Up until his time, I have always been the lead vocalist. The new album we are slowly putting together will feature many special guests.
We’ve been longtime fans of the 80’s Canadian band SAGA best known for hits like “Wind Him Up” and “On The Loose.” When we played the afterparty at ProgStock Festival afterparty back in 2018, Saga’s lead singer Michael Sadler caught our set after his performance at the festival, and was raving about the band! We were incredibly humbled to receive such words of encouragement from such an iconic artist.
We felt Michael’s voice would be perfect for this song! He ended up contributing a jaw-dropping vocal performance, enhancing the melody, and adding Queenesque harmonies. As a side note, he and his wife Gwen turned out to be some of the nicest and most gracious people I have ever worked with.
Storm Surge is about the anxiety we all feel in these uncertain times. With the global pandemic, the fight against racism and the continuing struggle for social justice, climate change, political upheaval, economic turmoil, and a future of uncertainty, there is a storm that’s raging inside of us right now.
Stratospheerius is: Joe Deninzon – lead vocals/electric violin Jason Gianni- drums Michelangelo Quirinale – guitar Paul Ranieri – bass
Storm Surge Video and Single Special Guests Michael Sadler: Vocals Rachel Flowers: Keys and Flute RutiCelli – Cello Fernando Perdomo Guitar Tracked by Rave Tesar (Renaissance) Mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser (Spocks Beard, Dream Theater) Label: Melodic Revolution Records
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