ProgStock Festival: 3RDegree

Formed in late 1990 when founder Robert James Pashman found drummer Rob Durham and soon after guitarist Patrick Kliesch, the musical mold was cast and best captured in words in a tongue in cheek-laden shirt much later: “3RDegree: Defiling Perfectly Good Songs With Prog Since 1990”.  After a run as power trio the band found juggernaut George Dobbs to sing on their ’96 sophomore effort Human Interest Story.  Breaking up in ’97 only to reform in ’05 the now expanded band (including Eric Pseja & Bryan Zeigler on guitar) would put out three more studio albums, with their 2015 effort Ones & Zeros: Vol. 1 garnering the best reviews and year end accolades (Top 3 album at progarchives.com and Top 10 at DPRP.net) ever, culminating in a 5 country European tour.  The band’s live resumé includes appearances at RoSfest (USA), Summer’s End (UK-Wales), Terra Incognita (Canada) and ProgDay (USA). Their new album Ones & Zeros: Vol. 0 will be played to fresh ears at ProgStock!

ProgStock Festival: Kevin Gilbert All-Star Tribute

Randy McStine Presents a Kevin Gilbert Retrospective featuring: Nick D’Virgilio, Don Carr and Lloyd Landesman

Who was Kevin Gilbert?  Who is doing this Retrospective?

Our all-star tribute is for Kevin Matthew Gilbert (November 20, 1966 – May 18, 1996). Kevin was an American songwriter, musician, composer, producer and collaborator. Kevin was also an accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist who played keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, cello, and drums. He toured with Eddie Money before winning the 1988 Yamaha SOUNDCHECK International Rock Music Competition with his progressive rock group Giraffe. Producer Patrick Leonard was impressed with Gilbert’s performance at the competition and invited him to join him in forming a new band which became Toy Matinee. During this time, Gilbert worked on the projects of many musicians and producers, including MadonnaMichael Jackson, Keith Emerson, Sheryl Crow, Bill Bottrell, Susanna Hoffs, Linda Perry, and Genesis.  For more in-depth info on Mr. Gilbert, please see the ProgStock Artist page for this event:
Randy McStine Presents a Kevin Gilbert Retrospective

Randy McStine (The Fringe, Lo-Fi Resistance) is a 28-year old guitarist, songwriter, and producer.  He recorded his first album when he was 11 years old, and hasn’t stopped since.  Randy’s own bands include Lo-Fi Resistance and The Fringe.  Randy has also recorded and performed with a diverse list of talent, including Sound of Contact, Dave Kerzner, the Pink Floyd Experience, Jane Getter Premonition, Stu Hamm, and members of King Crimson, Tears For Fears, Porcupine Tree, Miles Davis, and Joe Satriani.  Randy has performed on the Moody Blues Cruise, the YES Cruise to the Edge, RoSfest, Progtoberfest, and the Marillion Weekend, just to name a few.  Those of you who have seen Randy perform live know that he is the perfect person to be leading this tribute to Kevin Gilbert.

Nick D’Virgilio is an American drummer and multi-instrumentalist musician, often referred to as NDV, best known as a former member of the progressive rock band Spock’s Beard.  He was also one of two drummers chosen to replace Phil Collins in Genesis on the Calling All Stations album. He has also toured and done session work with many artists including Tears for Fears and Mystery, and is an official member of Big Big Train and The Fringe.  Nick’s previous work with Kevin Gilbert’s material makes him a perfect fit for this event.

Don Carr is a legendary Nashville guitarist, best known for his 23 years of work with the Oak Ridge Boys.  Don collaborated with other musicians writing, recording, and performing a wide variety of original music and also found success as a sideman and session guitarist.   The mix of original music and sideman proved to be a potent one, providing him with the skills to perform and record with diverse artists such as David Slater, Danielle Alexander, Shelley West, Girls Next Door, Earl Thomas Conlee, Tommy Tutone, Marie Osmond, JoDee Messina, Sarah Evans, Colin Raye, BJ Thomas, and Tim McGraw.  Don has made over 100 television appearances, been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and made a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry.

Lloyd Landesman is a veteran live and studio musician, with talents for piano, organ, keyboards, vocals, composing, arranging, and producing.  Recent live work includes fronting his own fusion band, Meridian Voice Project, and performing with the heavy progressive rock band Fright Pig at RoSfest 2014.  Lloyd has recorded with artists such as Foreigner, Squeeze, Carl Perkins, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Clarence Clemons (E Street Band), Michael Bolton, Johnny and Edgar Winter and many more. In addition, he has composed and produced hundreds of commercial spots for television including The Super Bowl, CBS NCAA College Football, SEC Football, Budweiser, Dr. Pepper, Cheerios, Chevy, Subway, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Ford, Pringles, Burger King, and the catchy “Every kiss begins with Kay” tagline for Kay Jewelers’ commercials.

ProgStock Festival: Glass Hammer

Friday night’s ProgStock 2017 headliner is 25-year veterans Glass Hammer!  They performed on the 2013 Cruise to the Edge; the 2014 Moody Blues Cruise; played RoSfest 2015; played Quebec’s Terra Incognita 2016 Festival; and are currently scheduled to perform at Italy’s Veruno Prog Festival (September 2017), and the 2018 Cruise to the Edge.

Check out one of their epic tracks from last-year’s critically-acclaimed concept album, Valkyrie:

ProgStock Festival: Aisles (from Chile)

Here at ProgStock, we’re excited to be exposing the U.S. East Coast to an international lineup not seen at other festivals.  Here are Aisles from Chile who just a few weeks ago, opened for Marillion​!

Please pledge now – get your “Boarding Passes” (tickets) now – at www.progstock.com/2017/tickets-merch/ to ensure not only your spot, but also everyone else’s – so no one misses this great band from South America!

ProgStock Festival: The Tangent

Sunday night at ProgStock 2017 – a “double headliner” by Karmakanic and The Tangent!

The Tangent, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, have recently announced the release of the first new music since 2015. Their new ninth studio album ‘The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery’ is set for release on 21st July 2017. The line-up for this album once again features Tillison on keyboards, vocals (and for the first time on a Tangent record – drums), Jonas Reingold on bass, Luke Machin on guitars and vocals, and Theo Travis on sax and flutes plus new member Marie-Eve de Gaultier on keys and vocals. There are also guest appearances from author/playwright and Chumbawamba founder Boff Whalley on vocals, and upcoming DJ/producer Matt Farrow.

Band leader Andy Tillison had this to say: “Roger Waters did prove the ability of Progressive Music to act as a vehicle to communicate ideas about the current world scene. In both Pink Floyd’s “The Final Cut” and his “Amused To Death” albums, Waters set a challenge to others in the genre. A challenge which has not been frequently accepted.”

The album sees The Tangent in political commentary mode once again – this time often focussing on the horrendous plight of refugees from war torn parts of the world – and the way in which they are treated by the West, and in particular by the tabloid press. The album laments the new trend in building walls and defending borders across the world yet takes time to look at the breakup of friendships and other more personal issues – along with a song about the fate of wildlife in the modern consumer world.

And it’s a Progressive Rock Record. Full of intricacies, long developed pieces, challenging arrangements and virtuoso playing from all members. New sounds and styles (the band have brought a DJ on board for some sections) – new voices and techniques (first female vocals in The Tangent since the “Not As Good As The Book” album 10 years ago). A new producer in the form ofLuke Machin whose open and deep/clear sound is a major factor of this album, a new drummer in the form of Andy Tillison who decided at long last (after drumming for 30 years) to let his own performances guide the rest of the band rather than adding another musician later. And after 13 years of asking, Jonas finally agreed to play some double bass in a song where Luke also plays some Scat guitar and Andy does a full on drum solo.

“The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery” also features stellar artwork from Marvel / DC Comics artist Mark Buckingham. The sleeve of the album is totally based on the music it contains and was especially created for this project.  The album will be available on limited digipak CD, gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download.

Look out for more information in the coming weeks!
The Tangent online:
www.thetangent.org
https://www.facebook.com/groups/alltangentmembers/

 

The ProgStock Experience

From Woodstock to the Cruise to the Edge; from Star Trek conventions to Comicon; for the past 50 years, people of like minds have gathered to share their passion for the arts.  ProgStock is no exception.  Just like other famous festivals around the world, ProgStock will be three days of fun, food, merriment, photos, recalling stories, hanging out with old pals, making new friends, and sharing in our mutual love of the musical genre we call PROG.

The music shall be spectacular!  Even if you haven’t heard of some of these bands before, it doesn’t matter, because we assure you, they are all excellent.  You’ve probably heard of the headliners, and the other acts are just as powerful and entertaining, in their own unique way.  All of the music presented is original, with these outstanding musicians honing their craft and stage presentations to deliver great and memorable performances.  If you haven’t seen it yet, take 5 minutes and check out this promotional video to get a glimpse of the ProgStock 2017 talent!

The Union County Performing Arts Center is great, the APA hotel is cool, but the best reason to come is because we’re making history, and we want you to be a part of it!  Don’t miss out on this chance to get away for a fun weekend, catch some new PROG music, and reconnect with the heart of the Progressive Rock Community!

If you still need more information, please check out all of the web pages here on the ProgStock website.  If you’re ready to get your “boarding pass” (tickets) and join us, just click the link below……..

ProgStock Q & A with PledgeMusic

Recently, we sat down with Leigh Lust, VP of A&R for PledgeMusic in North America, to learn about the PledgeMusic platform, how it started, how it works, and lots of other nifty tidbits we hope you’ll enjoy. Have a look and a listen, and get better acquainted with our amazing partners at PledgeMusic!

Follow this link to head over to PledgeMusic and purchase your boarding pass:

Click Here to Get Your Boarding Passes for ProgStock 2017 on PledgeMusic

UCPAC Chosen as ProgStock Venue

ProgStock will be held Oct 13-15, 2017 in Rahway, New Jersey at Union County Performing Arts Center.

BELOW…. is our latest video introducing the artists and the venue.

Festival Hotel to be announced very soon!!
ProgStock Brand Artist: Ed Unitsky
https://www.facebook.com/ProgStockFestival/

THE FINAL 2017 PROGSTOCK BAND LINEUP:

  • Echolyn
  • Glass Hammer (25th Anniversary Show)
  • The Tangent
  • Karmakanic
  • Randy McStine Presents a Kevin Gilbert Retrospective featuring Nick D’Virgilio, Don Carr and Lloyd Landesman
  • Aisles
  • 3RDegree
  • Circuline
  • Resistor
  • Francis Dunnery
  • Rachel Flowers
  • Peter Jones (of Tiger Moth Tales)
  • The Tea Club
  • Cell15
  • EchoTest
  • Simon Godfrey
  • Rani Chatoorgoon
  • Jason Rubenstein

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