Announcing Virtual ProgStock 2020!

ProgStock Festival, the American Northeast’s Only International Progressive Rock Festival proudly presents Virtual ProgStock 2020!

Virtual ProgStock 2020 will be streamed LIVE on Saturday, October 10 from the Hamilton Stage Theater of the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) in Rahway, NJ, and on Sunday, October 11 from the Temple Stage at Tellus360 in Lancaster, PA.

With the pandemic in mind, and the rules and regulations in place, these shows will not have an in-person audience, so this is the ONLY way you can see them! We will be taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of our bands and crew.

The Virtual ProgStock 2020 shows will all be full-band, full-production shows with theater sound and lighting! It will be just like you are actually here, but everyone gets a front-row seat!

Show times (all times are in US Eastern):
Saturday, October 10:
1PM: Total Mass Retain YES Tribute Band
4:30PM: Mile Marker Zero
8PM: Gnarbot

Sunday, October 11:
1PM: Solar Federation – A Rush Tribute
4:30PM: Cell15
8PM: Crack The Sky

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.

Since our live-streamed events will only provide a virtual audience for our venues, we are holding this fundraiser to help support UCPAC and Tellus360 through this crisis.
The funds raised here will help offset the costs of operating the venues for our livestream events and will be matched with in-kind support for the events by our friends at these venues.
https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/progstock-festival

  • Donate $100 and get one ticket to the show of your choice on October 10 or 11 (a $10 value).
  • Donate $250 and get tickets to three shows (an entire day or any three shows you choose, a $30 value).
  • Donate $400 and get tickets to all six shows (the entire weekend, a $60 value) and our eternal and unconditional love (priceless).

Donations are being processed by Fractured Atlas on behalf of ProgStock Festival. ProgStock is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of ProgStock must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only. The value of each ticket received is $10. Any contribution above that amount is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Please help us support our home venue, UCPAC, and our new partner venue, Tellus360, so they can survive this crisis and return to staging live events when such things are allowed again!

Pricing: Virtual ProgStock 2020 shows will have a minimum ticket price of $10.00 (100 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. Tips show up on the screen as colored bars and many artists view them as the alternative to applause! We encourage you to support the artists and venues at this difficult time.

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.

ProgStock Presents Virtual Series

ProgStock Presents Virtual Series
ProgStock Presents Virtual Series

ProgStock Festival, the American Northeast’s Only International Progressive Rock Festival, is proud to bring you the ProgStock Presents Virtual Series.

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.

September Shows:
Saturday, September 12:
4PM: Dave Bainbridge of Iona, Lifesigns, Celestial Fire and Strawbs (90 minutes)
6PM: Frogbelly and Symphony (45 minutes)
7PM: Dark Beauty (45 minutes)
8PM: Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius (90 minutes)

Saturday, September 19:
5PM: Manticore – ELP Tribute (45 minutes)
6PM: Tribe of Names (45 minutes)
7PM: Aaron Clift of The Aaron Clift Experiment (45 minutes)
8PM: Discipline and Friends (90 minutes)

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.

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:

  1. 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)
  2. Click Sign Up (upper right corner)
  3. Create a username and password
  4. Click “Buy Notes” (10 notes = $1) – The StageIt system sells Notes in minimum intervals of $5 (50 Notes).
  5. 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).
  6. Go to the direct ticket link for ProgStock Presents and purchase tickets to the shows you want to watch.
  7. 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: 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.

We want to thank Ed Unitsky Official for our beautiful artwork, Austin Kokel for providing us with awesome radio spots and Marty Dorfman and Rob Rutz of The Waiting Room with The Prog Doctor on The House of Prog, Rick Henry, Mary Pat Henry, Steve Swayne of House of Prog Radio, Phil Merkel of Captain Phil’s Planet on WUSB, Tom Gagliardi of Gagliarchives Radio Philadelphia, Mark Monforti of Progrock.com, Alan Baillargeon of NewEARS Prog Show, Alex Cruzeta of Deep Nuggets Radio, Rick Dashiell of Delicious Agony Progressive Rock Radio, Peter Jones and Cliff Pearson of Progzilla Radio, Nick Katona and Melodic Revolution Records and Melodic Revolution Radio and the fabulous Anne Leighton for your continued support and promotion of ProgStock Festival! THANK YOU!

ProgStock Partnership with RISE Brewing Company

RISE Nitro Cold Brew Coffee
RISE Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

ProgStock has a new partnership with RISE Nitro Brewing! This allows you to get a 20% discount and free shipping when you order their delicious nitro cold brew coffee and enter the discount code: ProgStock20.

Once ProgStock returns to the stage, RISE will be visiting with samples for our audience, our musicians and our volunteers. For now, you can try it at home and take advantage of the group discount and free shipping.

ProgStock Presents Virtual Series

ProgStock Presents Virtual Series
ProgStock Presents Virtual Series

ProgStock Festival, the American Northeast’s Only International Progressive Rock Festival, is proud to bring you the ProgStock Presents Virtual Series.

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 – 11PM US Eastern, starting on August 1, 2020.

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 your laptop or desktop, the site is not mobile-friendly for accounting, 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).
  • Go to the direct ticket link for ProgStock Presents and purchase tickets to the shows you want to watch. Please note the shows are NOT on the StageIt website, yet, but it is a good idea to get your account set up and ready to go! Feel free to contact us, if you have any issues.
  • You will also be able to tip the artists before, during and after the shows with Notes, so consider loading up your account in advance, so you can have some fun with tipping while supporting your favorite artists.

Direct Ticket Link for ProgStock Presents (when the shows become available): https://www.stageit.com/ProgStock

As always, our sincere thanks go out to Ed Unitsky for designing the logo and artwork for ProgStock! You can learn more about Ed, and hire him to make beautiful art for your project by visiting his Facebook page and sending him a message.

Official ProgStock 2020 Update Newsletter

Official ProgStock 2020 Update Newsletter
https://bit.ly/PSNews070920

A message from Tom Palmieri, Ann Rinaldi, and the ProgStock volunteer staff…

Hello ProgStockers!

First and foremost, we at ProgStock hope that all of you, your families, and your friends and loved ones are safe, healthy, and finding the strength and good fortune to persevere during these challenging and unprecedented times. Everyone, everywhere on Earth is suffering from the devastating impacts of this pandemic…yet we remain hopeful that, eventually, we will all be able to return to a more “familiar” way of life, including having the freedom to gather together safely with amazing musicians and fellow fans to enjoy live-music events without fear or danger.

There is no way to sugarcoat this…2020 has been disastrous for everyone and has foiled all efforts to successfully plan and produce live events everywhere. We are all watching and waiting as our collective situation unfolds, and this uncertainty makes producing any live event nearly impossible. Now that we are three months away from our intended festival weekend, we at ProgStock have been forced to accept the reality that, regardless of what the law may permit, we will not be able to produce our usual high-quality, live-music festival experience this October.

With so many events cancelled or (optimistically) postponed this year, we know that this is yet more depressing news. We are devastated by this outcome, and we humbly apologize. The COVID-19 pandemic may have won this round…but we are determined to return to the stage, with a vengeance, in October 2021! Meanwhile, we feel a solemn duty to continue, unabated, to shine light on one of the most exciting and creative genres of rock music, Progressive Rock. That is the vital mission of ProgStock, and as the saying goes…where there’s a will, there’s a way!

To that end, we are tremendously proud to announce the ProgStock Presents Virtual Series, bringing live-streamed musical performances directly to you from a treasure trove of incredibly talented artists performing from their homes, home studios, or wherever they can safely assemble. We are also working on adding some special events to this series, such as live interviews, exhibitor presentations, and a few other surprises we’d love to bring you. ProgStock Presents will stream every Saturday evening starting August 1, 2020 from 5:00pm to 11:00pm US Eastern time.

Some of the phenomenal artists on our schedule for August include: Rachel Flowers, Julie Slick (Echotest), Jean Pageau (Mystery), Frogbelly & Symphony, Bob Richardson (Cell15), Jane Getter & Adam Holzman, Mile Marker Zero, Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella, Potter’s Daughter, Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius), Harry Waters & Larry McNally (McNally Waters), and Mark Trueack & Sean Timms (Unitopia). Please consider joining us on Saturday evenings to support both ProgStock and our performing artists as often as you can. Stay tuned for more details and announcements!

Last Night of Shows on UCPAC Virtual Stage

Tuesday, April 21 is the last night of shows on the UCPAC Virtual Stage for the UnCancelled Music Festival. Join us for sets by:
Dave Bainbridge (IONA, Celestial Fire, Lifesigns, The Strawbs) doing back-to-back sets at 5PM & 6PM US Eastern
Ted Wulfers at 7PM Eastern
Kiki Ebsen at 8PM Eastern
Sky Nicholas with Dan Rothchild at 9PM Eastern
Unitopia (Mark Truey Trueack and Sean Timms) are reuniting on our stage at 10PM Eastern and coming to us live from Adelaide, Australia!

Tickets available at StageIt.com/UMF-UCPAC

UCPAC Is Hosting a Virtual Stage for UnCancelled Music Festival

Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC.org) will be participating in the UnCancelled Music Festival. This is the venue in Rahway, New Jersey, that brings you the ProgStock Festival every October.

Now UCPAC is bringing music right into your home, during this crazy time of isolation, by way of the UnCancelled Music Festival. UCPAC is hosting a virtual stage for the festival and bringing you some great shows from artists performing live in their homes or home studios. Ann Rinaldi (ACR Management) from ProgStock Festival is curating the talent for the stage.

Ticket Link: https://www.stageit.com/UMF-UCPAC

The artists and venues will receive a portion of the proceeds to help keep them going during this unprecedented crisis. And a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Recording Academy’s emergency financial assistance program, MusiCares – which provides critical funds to music people struggling with financial, medical or personal crises. Any affected music professional who has lost work during this crisis can apply to receive emergency funding. It is important to all of us during this challenging time that no musician or music venue goes bankrupt.

The first night of shows on the UCPAC virtual stage is this Saturday, April 4 starting at 5PM Eastern US time, which will be topped off at 8PM Eastern US time by Harry Waters, son of Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/650268175538242/

Steve Hackett of Genesis has sent a video promotion. View it on the ACR Management Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/acrmanagement/posts/1358295437707079

Read more about this festival in the latest issue of the ProgStock Newsletter!

UCPAC Virtual Stage for UnCancelled Music Festival
UCPAC Virtual Stage for UnCancelled Music Festival

 

Please Vote for ProgStock Festival in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest!

Hey ProgStockers! We have a very important daily task for you until (and including) March 8, 2020. Please mark your calendars, or whatever you use to remind you to do something every day, to vote for ProgStock Festival (aka NicJoy Enterprises) in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, by clicking on the image below:

Click Here to Vote for ProgStock to Receive a FedEx Small Business Grant
Click Here to Vote for ProgStock to Receive a FedEx Small Business Grant

Vote! Share with others! Vote again! Share again! 😎

As it says in our profile at FedEx:

This valuable arts experience is created by a dedicated team of mostly volunteers and ticket sales only cover a portion of the costs required to bring this festival to life each year. The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest money and the free printing services would go a long way toward bridging the gap and provide us with printing services for our marketing materials. This is the only Progressive Rock Festival in the Northeast US and brings both arts and business to the Rahway community each year.

Time to Get Your 5-Year Patron Pass!

A ProgStock 5-Year Patron may select any available seat within our theater and reserve it for 5 years, starting with ProgStock 2020. Patrons receive a three-day pass to the festival and are also entitled to early access to the lobby on each day of the festival (about 30 minutes before others), first-in-line access to all artist meet-and-greet sessions, top-priority access to all late-night events, highly-valuable merchandise packages (unique to each festival, with loads of cool freebies from our festival merchandise and our artists), and an exclusive ProgStock 5-Year Patron badge.

Here’s what members of the first group of 5-Year Patrons have to say about their experiences:

I fell in love with ProgStock the first time I attended, in 2018. This year, I decided to participate in the Patron level program in order to lend some help with funding future iterations, as it’s important to me that the festival continue at the high-quality level it has been thus far. Every year, the experience gets better as I meet or re-meet friends I’ve made at festivals/CTTE over the last five years – they’re like another set of family. The music experience at ProgStock is first-rate, with a great theater and surrounding community. It’s been a great way to keep progging in-between CTTEs.” –CK

First, it was just incredible, in every way!! wow…Wow…WOW!! What a thrill to be there and see those incredible bands. I almost do not have sufficient words to describe how fantastic the entire experience was. What you do for us is beyond the pale, just amazing, and all the perks, are so awesome, and are just a small amazing part of being able to see those wonderful bands performing in person. Both last year and this year, combined, make for the best festivals I could ever have wished for!” –RH

Now, it’s your turn to join…

The price of a ProgStock 5-Year Patron Pass is $2,500 USD, and these passes are available by private arrangement only. Patron passes are available right now…so take advantage of having a head-start on everyone else and lock-in your favorite seat in our luxurious theater for 5 years! Fill out our contact form here, and we will immediately contact you to help you select your seat.

ProgStock Store Sale!

Click Here to Visit the ProgStock Store
Click Here to Visit the ProgStock Store

ProgStock Merchandise is now on-sale in the ProgStock Store!
Shop Now!

  • ProgStock 2019 Logo T-shirt was $25, now on sale for $20!
  • ProgStock 2019 Logo Glass Beer Mug was $25, now on sale for $20!
  • Get the whole ProgStock Glass Collection: the 2017 pint beer glass, the 2018 stemless wine glass and the 2019 glass beer mug, all for only $40!
  • ProgStock Embroidered Hat (Black, no year) was $30, now on sale for $20!
  • ProgStock 17oz Vacuum Bottle (Red, no year) was $25, now on sale for $20!
  • ProgStock 2018 Logo T-shirt was $25, now on sale for $15!
  • ProgStock 2017 Logo T-shirts (Blue Logo or Black Shirley) were $25, now on sale for $10!
  • All ProgStock Posters (2017, 2018, 2019) and Programs (2018, 2019) now reduced to $2.50 each!