ProgDay organizers have announced the participation of Indonesia's SimakDialog in this year's festival, which will take place over Labor Day weekend (Saturday, August 31st, and Sunday, September 1st) near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
by Jon Davis, Published 2013-04-15
From their announcement:
SimakDialog began in 1993 and is somewhat of a cult band back home in Indonesia. Being from a country with a rich and diverse culture, the band's music is unique in having an understanding of the rituals of temple music, as well as completely grasping the essence of the rock and psychedelic sounds of less ancient times. Driven by the communication between keys-master Riza Arshad and the exceptional Tohpati on guitar, simakDialog is a melting pot of western classic/jazz/rock and Javanese/Indonesian exotic rhythm/riffs. Join us as simakDialog brings its signature take on progressive music to the United States for the first time.
ProgDay is the longest running progressive rock festival in the world. ProgDay 2013 will take place on Saturday, August 31st, and Sunday, September 1st, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information, and to hear music from this year's bands, please visit us at www.progday.net.
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