ProgDay | Storybook Farm | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
This is a past event.
When: Sept. 1-2, 10:30 a.m. 2012
progday.net

Now a weekend-long celebration that takes place once a year, ProgDay claims to be the longest-running progressive rock event in the world. The truth of that statement likely hinges on how you define such an event and where you set the boundaries for prog rock, a genre that, by very its nature, defies definition.

But those who run this festival are to be commended for their survival nonetheless. ProgDay started in 1995 as the vision ofPeter Renfro, who organized the celebration largely on his own for the festival's first six years. Fans who enjoyed the event's embrace of prog rock tradition as well as its willingness to book acts that took the style a little further appreciated the endeavor, but the finances weren't adding up. Renfro announced that 2000 would be the fest's last year, but a collection of fans rescued the event, transforming it into a committee-run affair with an emphasis on fostering community among the genre's many fans.

Of course, there would be no crowds to unite if it weren't for the music. This year's double-wide ProgDay (Saturday and Sunday) delivers eight bands spread across two days, all of which meet expectations without necessarily exceeding them. Saturday builds up to a set fromBirdsongs of the Mesozoic, an outfit that for three decades has blended the complex counterpoints of classical music with the heady textures of progressive rock.Sunday headliner Iluvatar tinges lush, psychedelic expanses with an arena-ready sense of melody. Overall, it's a selection that's unlikely to win over many new fans, but that's not really the point of ProgDay. This celebration is presented by and intended for genre die-hards, and in that regard it's certain to satiate most comers. Day passes cost $65; weekend passes are $100. —Jordan Lawrence

Enter your starting address (include city or postal code):

(directions will appear below map)

Nearby

Reviews/comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Roll over stars and click to rate.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation