Swedish band MOON SAFARI to headline at ROSfest 2017
Moon Safari was formed back in 2003 and have steadily built an audience through memorable albums and live performances. With more than half a dozen albums to their name so far, two of which celebrate the strength of their live performances. The first of these, “The Gettysburg Address” from 2012, documenting their most excellent concert at our festival in 2011.
It is not customary for us to bring back bands that have played here on numerous occasions before, but Moon Safari is one of those bands that really makes a strong impression. They blew us away in 2009, even more so in 2011, and as six years have passed since they played here last so we found that it was a good idea to bring them back again now. They are a solid band, a high quality live unit, and has the stature required to be a headliner. We know that many people will be extremely happy so see their name on the roster again for 2017, eagerly waiting to yet again hear their impressive, positive and uplifting take on contemporary progressive rock. And as they have been working on a new album for some time now, tentatively called “Himlabacken II”, we might expect this one to be ready in time for ROSfest as well.
We know that for some of our audience, it is difficult to make it to the Friday night event, but with Moon Safari as the headliner, we are certain that quite a few will make an extra effort to get here in time for a full weekend stay. A beautiful experience is coming our way on May the 5th of 2017, and a guaranteed contender for the best ever ROSfest concert!
Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, this is a band formed around the talents of composer and musician Shane Atkinson. Although an active presence in the music scene in the 1990’s, Shane took an extended break away from music but found himself steadily writing new material. Eventually, he concluded that he really had a solid need to record and release these compositions in a proper manner. He managed to solidify this project into a genuine band venture in 2016, after developing it slowly over a number of years. In July, he self-released the Evership CD, a production that has received high praise from both regular fans in the know and progressive rock insiders.
The live band to perform at ROSfest 2017 consists of Shane Atkinson (keyboards, background vocals), Beau West (vocals), James Atkinson (guitars), Jaymi Millard (bass, pedals, background vocals), Jesse Hardin (guitars, background vocals), and Joel Grumblatt (drums, background vocals). We expect quite the experience from this band, set to play second on Sunday, especially for those who enjoy epic length songs, plenty of keyboard leads, and a band that follow in the footsteps of the accessible symphonic progressive rock bands of the 1970’s.
Made in the USA is still a quality trademark, and as far as progressive rock is concerned Evership is one of the many recent bands to appear that documents this quality firmly and with distinction.
Roldan Entertainment are happy to announce that US tribute band ProgNation have been signed as the Friday night After Hours band, where they will entertain us at the traditional party at the Aspire Hotel from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am on Friday, May 5th.
Created in 2015, the band provided the best explanation for their formation via a press release: “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that they have once again disrespected prog rock pioneers, YES, by failing to garner the required votes to enshrine the iconic band even though they finished second to Chicago in the fan balloting. In response, we are announcing the creation of a new tribute band, ProgNation, to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the greatest prog rock bands/musicians currently being ignored by the Rock Hall.”
The members of ProgNation are Chris Cuda (guitars), Tony Cuda (bass), Steve Kolesar (vocals), Bruce Kowalski (Keyboards/Vocals), and Marty Zlocki (drums). To quote further from their initial press release: “Everyone in ProgNation has been a fan of prog rock since Yes came out in 1968. ProgNation will be an outlet for us and all the fans who know how great these musicians are and want to enjoy their music in a live setting. We also want to send a message to the Rock Hall that until they recognize Yes and all the other prog rock bands they have ignored, we will be there to remind them of their neglect.”
So we can expect a dedicated band to entertain us at the Friday Night After Hours party at Rosfest 2017. As for the music one can expect to hear from them, their repertoire includes Yes, King Crimson, ELP, the Moody Blues, Genesis, and a handful of other prog acts from the late ’60s/early ’70s.
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