The ProgDay festival holds the amazing honor of being the longest running festival of progressive rock anywhere in the world, and plans for the 2015 edition are coming along. The first two bands announced to appear are both American: Eccentric Orbit and Ut Gret.
by Jon Davis, Published 2015-06-07
From the press release:
ProgDay is pleased to announce our first two bands for 2015.
is an energetic instrumental symphonic rock quartet that focuses heavily on vintage keyboard sounds mixed with modern synthesizers, and flavored with the vibes of classic Sci-Fi films. The band’s two highly-acclaimed albums have been compared to ELP, Ars Nova, King Crimson, Deja Vu, Gerard and Genesis, but the band’s diverse keyboard use combined with the impressive work of bassist/founder Bill Noland has led to the band cultivating it’s own sound. While the music feels familiar on the surface, underneath it’s fresh and new.
formed in the early 1980s, describes itself as a pan-idiomatic musical ensemble from Louisville, Kentucky. The band’s list of influences includes names like Stravinsky, John Coltrane, Soft Machine and Hatfield & The North, and the music embraces rock, jazz, world music, classical music and the avant-garde. In addition to the standard rock instrumentation, you will also find bouzouki, mandolin, bass clarinet, sitar, bassoon, and more. Over the course of 4 albums UT GRET has managed to create a unique musical footprint that mixes accomplished performances with complexity and unexpected compositional/arrangement choices, yet manages to be accessible in a way that few related bands are usually able to achieve.
As always, the festival will be held Labor Day weekend, September 5-6, Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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