ProgDay XVI

Sep. 5th, 2010 09:14 pm
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(Apologies to Reginald Bretnor.)

ProgDay XVI 2010

Labor Day weekend brings another, the sixteenth, installment, of the annual outdoor progressive rock music festival ProgDay XVI, during which time I get more sun over two days than I probably do any given quarter of the year, thereby ruining any attempt at a gothic pallor, and prompting repeated "Aren't you hot in that?" When it gets warm, I'll take off the suit jacket.

A quick summary of the eight bands seen at ProgDay XVI:

(Links and pictures of the bands on the bands page:


10:30am, Half Past Four (Canada) - Fun, bouncy.

ProgDay XVI 2010, Half Past Four

12:45pm, Mahogany Frog (Canada) - Electronic sounding, lots of energy. My second favorite band of Saturday.

ProgDay XVI 2010, Mahogany Frog

3:15pm, Barry Cleveland's Hologramatron
featuring Michael Manring, Robert Powell & Celso Alberti (USA) - My favorite band of the weekend. Complex instrumentals that I can describe as Crimsonesque. As [ profile] rdansky remarked, "You have a type." Yes, yes I do.

5:30pm, Flash (USA/UK) - Not terribly appealing to me.

Returned home to find yarnbots [ profile] maegwynn and [ profile] lunablack wanting food, so we went back to David (Mao)'s Dumpling and Noodle Bar for dinner.

10:30am: Shadow Circus (USA) - First track sounded very circus-y, and some of the rest of the set reminded me of Sister Machine Gun. A good start to the morning.

12:30pm: Mars Hollow (USA) - Interesting.

3pm: Scale The Summit (USA) - Heavy, instrumental, and prog-metal, good energy.

5:30pm: The Muffins (USA) - My favorite of Sunday. Great use of multiple woodwinds.

Glad that [ profile] rdansky was available to come this year. We spent the day reading and talking when the bands weren't playing.


Not a bad assortment overall, I'm always pleased at hearing new bands I've never heard of before.

I was restrained in my shopping, though:

ProgDay XVI 2010, acquisitions

Most of the above were used bin finds, four were freebies from renewing my Progression magazine subscription, and three were clearance gifts.

Now: pizza. Maybe a DVD. Perhaps more reading.

Date: 2010-09-06 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sounds like, as usual, I would have loved some bands and wandered off during others, which is of course OK. I suspect, however, that Scale the Summit would have stolen the weekend for me. Depends on if anything you described was at all Zappa-esque. :) I tried very hard not to think about missing ProgDay for the first time since I heard about it. I hope it was a strong showing, because I don't think I can stand to miss two years in a row, and want to be back next year.

Thanks for the report!!

Date: 2010-09-07 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're welcome!

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