When: Sept. 4-5, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 2010
Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Yes. Gentle Giant. Triumvirat. During my musical upbringing in the '70s, it seemed that progressive rock was a narrowly defined, small-tent form (ironic, seeing how ELP's stage alone was big-top size). Turns out, I was quite wrong. Those bands were merely a prog rock subset, part of the so-called symphonic genre. For American audiences, this symphonic scene became synonymous with progressive rock, even though that term was meant to cover a variety of non-mainstream styles, explains Michael Bennett.
"Today there are dozens of subgenres that developed out of the non-mainstream music of the time that are placed beneath the prog rock umbrella," says Bennett, one of the coordinators of the two-day ProgDay weekend. For 16 years now—making ProgDay the longest running progressive rock festival—a grand sampling of bands representing those many different subspecies has alit on several acres just off Jones Ferry Road for fun and big musical ideas in the sun. Saturday brings, among others, Flash, featuring Yes vet Peter Banks, and the virtuoso-stocked Barry Cleveland's Hologramatron. And the big draws on this second day are youthful heavy-progressive heavyweights Scale The Summit and the longstanding Muffins.
The music starts at 10:30 a.m. For full details, including ticket options and directions, see www.progday.net. —Rick Cornell