Organized by Seattle musicians, the inaugural edition of Seaprog, a curated festival showcasing up-to-the-minute progressive/avant rock by regional and internationally prominent bands, took place Friday-Sunday June 28-30 at the historic Columbia City Theater, with the Friday kickoff event at the Royal Room.
Seaprog was the first weekend-long progressive music festival to be staged in Seattle in nearly 10 years. Unlike previous events of this type, Seaprog's focus was on progressive music of the here and now, rather than the prog stylings of yore.
Seaprog presented more than 11 remarkable bands whose diversity of approach illustrates just how far progressive rock has evolved since its origins in the 1960s. The festival's emphasis is on the resurgent Northwest prog scene, plus some of the top creative bands playing avant music today. Full listings are on the artist page.
Conceived as a destination event rather than just another gig, Seaprog invited music lovers to spend a weekend enjoying stimulating and intelligent music and visiting the many fine restaurants, bars, and shops in Columbia City.
One great thing about the Columbia City Theater is that it has a front room that not only serves food and drink, but can host musical performances as well. We'll be taking advantage of this fact by presenting some solo/duo acts there between sets on the mainstage. Wouldn't want you to get bored! We presented sets from Amy Denio, Bill Horist, and Austenitic.
Another confirmation... Our Friday bonus night will be at The Royal Room. This is a great venue for live music, and located only a block from the Columbia City Theater. The food's pretty darn good too! There will be no cover charge for this event, so even if you can't make it to Saturday and Sunday's events, come see three creative artists for free.
Now confirmed! Bone Cave Ballet is set to play Seaprog. for several years now, BCB has been one of the most consistently interesting and engaging bands on the Seattle club circuit. If you haven't seen them yet, this will be a great opportunity to see them in a lovely setting.
Note that Seaprog 2013 is fully booked. If this first edition proves successful, we will most likely implement an artist submission process for future editions. The "TBA" slots on the schedule are spoken for, but for various reasons haven't been announced yet.
Have a look over at Fire of Unknown Origin for some nice coverage of Seaprog courtesy of Raffaella Berry.
We're pleased that Thinking Plague has agreed to play a rare live show, their first ever in Seattle, for Seaprog. Since the mid-80s, they've been challenging listeners with dense, complex, beautiful music. More information is on the artist page.
The official galleries of photos and videos from the 2013 festival are now online. Relive the memories, or see what you missed.
We've decided to do it again! There will be a Seaprog 2014. We've already booked the Columbia City Theater for the weekend of June 21-22. We're still recovering from all the excitement, and won't be booking the artists for quite a while yet. Stay tuned for updates as we start gearing up.
Seaprog 2013 is history! By any measure that matters, the weekend was a great success. The music was truly world class and frequently astonishing, the venue was ideal and its staff were a marvel, and the community turned out big-time to demonstrate once and for all that there is indeed strong support for this type of adventurous music in Seattle. Boundless thanks to all the musicians, volunteers, staff, and especially the audience, many of whom are so passionate about this music that they traveled from as far as the East Coast to attend. We'll be glowing for months, and the success of this nutty experiment bodes very well for the future... As soon as we have time to catch our breath and sort through the multitudes of pictures taken, we'll put up a gallery of images from the festival.
Tickets are on sale! More details on the tickets page. We've got more pricing options and more ways for you to choose what you want to see.
As it turns out, our Amy Denio appearance will actually be a Tone Dogs reunion of sorts. Amy will be joined by original co-conspirator Fred Chalenor. Amy says, "Fred Chalenor and I will play a Tone Dogs set on guitars and basses, as a duo. We'll do a mix of songs and free wildness." For those who never encountered the wonderfulness of Tone Dogs, check out the video on the Artists page.
Well, it's taken a while to get all the proverbial ducks in the proverbial row, but we can finally announce the Saturday night headliner: miRthkon. This "Oaklandish Chambercore" ensemble has been making waves in the world of creative music for several years now, and will be playing the prestigious Rock in Opposition (RIO) festival in France later this year. We're proud to bring them to Seattle. If you haven't heard them before, check out some of their live videos for a hint of the treat you'll be in for.
Look up at the top of the page: it's our new logo, courtesy of graphic designer Scott Martin. We're extremely grateful for the work he's put in on our behalf. Check out his web site.