We are happy to announce that US band Phideaux, have been signed to RoSFest for 2019.
Phideaux, the band as well as the main man in the band, are dedicated friends of RoSfest. Phideaux Xavier has actually attended most of our festivals as a guest. We sometimes forget that he is also an excellent progressive rock musician with a top-notch band backing him on stage. Those who remember back to 2011, will recall just how impressive this band is to see live.
Phideaux has been working for around a decade to follow up on his massive success album, “Doomsday Afternoon”, and in 2018 that album is finally here. It is called “Infernal”, and is at the CD pressing plant at the time this press release is written. This is an album that has been eagerly awaited by progressive rock fans worldwide, and we do presume that songs from this album will be at the core of the concert to be given at RoSfest 2019. All existing fans of Phideaux will see that as natural and expected. Obviously, he has a massive back catalogue of excellent material to choose from as well, which will ensure a memorable concert experience.
For those who may not be familiar with Phideaux, he has been recording and releasing music since the early 1990’s, and with this year’s album, he has a total of ten studio albums to his name. He is something of an expert in creating atmospheric laden, symphonic progressive rock, often with darker, shimmering Floydian details amidst lighter toned, elegant overlays. His material tends to be developed over many years, and with an immaculate eye for perfection covering even minor, minute details. His last three studio albums in particular have been impressive, and expectations are high for the album he is about to launch. In addition, the live performances from him and his band are as impressive as the material found on the albums.
It has been too long since Phideaux last played at RoSfest and we thought it was high time that he returned for the 2019 edition. Especially as the long awaited “Infernal” now is about to be released.
RoSfest 2019, will take place on May 3rd through 5th, 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida. The final line-up and schedule for the festival are still TBA. Confirmed bands to appear so far are Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour with Martin Barre, Clive Bunker and Jonathan Noyce, Riverside, Karmamoi, Edge of Reality, Entransient, & Traverser.
UK progressive rock legend, Martin Barre, celebrates 50 years of Jethro Tull confirmed as headliner for RoSfest 2019.
UK composer and musician Martin Barre is best known for being a vital member of legendary progressive rock band Jethro Tull being their guitarist for more than four decades and performing on all their classic albums. His sound and contributions to the band have been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of progressive rock history.
Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; he was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on ‘Aqualung’. His playing on the album ‘Crest of a Knave’ earned him a Grammy award in 1988. As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. While he is now firmly established as a solo artist, he is not a stranger to his past, and that past will be a vital part of the headliner show that will be presented at ROSfest, 2019.
Clive was born on the 12th of December, 1946. He took up the drums as a serious occupation with his friend and compatriot, Mick Abrahams in the group “McGregor’s Engine” in 1967. Based in Luton, England, the band played in the general locality with Clive mustering an extraordinary non-matching drum kit, comprised of bits and pieces of various manufacturers’ equipment. It was as a drummer of “mix and match” description that he joined the fledgling Jethro Tull at the end of ’67 to accompany Ian Anderson, Mick and Glenn Cornick in the early, heady days of the post blues-boom years of Brit-rock.
Never the self-professed technical drummer, Clive made his impact, based on his throbbing, gritty engagement with the essence of blues and rock and roll, moved by the work of Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell et al.
Later, Clive was to become firm friends of Corky Laing of “Mountain” and the many other drummers from the bands with which the early Tull found themselves appearing on the first US tours in 1969 and 1970. After the album “Aqualung”, Clive felt that Tull was entering a more complex musical phase, not so much in keeping with his own earthier roots, and volunteered to take early retirement to the different world of marriage, dog kennel management, and a venture in light engineering which had been his previous profession. Tull continued with the employment of Barrie Barlow, an old chum of Ian’s and John’s from schooldays in Blackpool.
In 1974, Clive joined the band “Blodwyn Pig” which Mick Abrahams had formed on his departure from Tull in 1969.
Today, Clive still remains a sought-after session musician, with many, many credits to his name amongst the world of old and not-so-old music groups.
A native of England, Jonathan Noyce was born in 1971. After trying his hand at many different instruments, Noyce eventually settled on the bass. He did his time at the Royal Academy of Music, beginning in 1990. It was during this time that he first hooked up with David Palmer. In 1995, Noyce met Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre, who eventually recommended him as a possible bassist for Ian Anderson’s solo tour. He got the gig and did that tour. Shortly after, he went on to become the bass player for Jethro Tull following the departure of Dave Pegg in 1995. He has been with that group ever since, although he still finds time to do other projects.
This show will celebrate 50 years of Jethro Tull in the United States. The show will revolve around a music history of Jethro Tull with Barre and two other former members of Jethro Tull. Clive Bunker, who was their drummer from 1967 to 1971, and Jonathan Noyce, Tull’s bassist from 1995 to 2007. In addition to the three aforementioned members, Martin Barre will be joined by members of his solo band on tour. They are vocalist Dan Crisp, bassist Alan Thompson and drummer Darby Todd.
This performance will be 2, 60 minute sets with a 15-minute intermission. This is a world class performance delivered by one of the world’s best, most renowned guitarists.
Apart from Ian Anderson’s own solo concerts, this will be the closest thing you can get to experiencing a Jethro Tull concert in 2019, consisting of former members of Jethro Tull performed by seasoned musicians of which several were a part of the band itself and hence know this material intimately. It doesn’t get much better than that. If you like “Sitting on a Park Bench” there are several across the street from the Sarasota Opera House or you can come inside in the air-conditioned theater and enjoy the bliss with Martin Barre performing Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour!
RoFest 2019 will take place on May 3rd through 5th, 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida. The final line-up and schedule for the festival are still TBA. Confirmed bands to appear so far are: Headliner – Riverside, Karmamoi, Traverser, Entransient and Edge of Reality.
Martin Barre official website: http://martinbarre.com
Martin Barre FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/officialmartinbarre/about/?ref=page_internal
Clive Bunker – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Bunker
Jonathan Noyce FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Jonathan-Noyces-Conscientious-and-Fully-Formed-Musical-Information-Page-129222920462334/
US progressive rock band, Edge of Reality, is confirmed for RoSFest 2019.
US band, Edge of Reality, has been an ongoing venture for many years, initially instigated by Joey Frevola (Kyros) back when he was still in high school. He revived the band in 2014 and the same year they released their debut album, “Elephant in My Pajamas” by some critics described as a meeting of minds between Snarky Puppy and Haken. Some line-up alterations later and a second album, “Vicious Circle” was released. Following this the band have released a couple of singles, self released just like their albums, and a third studio album is planned for a 2018 release. Current band members are Branndon Center (drums), Jesse Brock (vocals), Jesse Peck (guitars), Joey Frevola (guitars) and Nick Mills (bass).
The band describes their music as being eclectic art metal, and that is in fact a useful indication about what to expect from this band. Like so many younger prog bands these days, they do like to have a go with both harder riffs and majestic riff and keyboard arrangements, but they are just as fond of shifting towards a more atmospheric laden, neo-progressive sound as well as quirkier details closer to the likes of Bent Knee. Complete with the occasional detours into jazzier landscapes.
We do like to sign and support our homegrown bands at RoSfest, documenting to our fellow Americans as well as to our faithful visitors that Made in America is still a mark of quality. Edge of Reality is a fine addition to the roster of homegrown progressive rock bands and we expect them to stimulate your musical palate once they hit the stage.
RoSfest 2019 Will take place on May 3 through May 5, 2019 at the Sarasota opera house, Florida. The final lineup and schedule for the festival or still TBA. Confirmed bands to appear so far are: Riverside, Karmamoi and Traverser.
Instagram handle – edgeofrealitymusic
US progressive rock band, Entransient is confirmed for RoSFest 2019.
US band Entransient was formed back in 2014 and operate out of their home base in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band consists of musicians with a past from the local metal scene in West Michigan and while this band is a recent formation, all the musicians are seasoned performers. They have released two albums to date: “Entransient” in 2015 and “The Weight of Things” in 2018.
While Entransient describe themselves as being more of a post and neo progressive rock band, their music, at least on their latest album, is a bit removed from this context as regarded through the eyes of a progressive rock fan. It is easy to hear that they have caught some inspiration from bands such as Opeth, and even more so from the likes of Porcupine Tree. In terms of direct comparisons, the end result actually isn’t too far removed from the harder edged material of a band like Riverside. As Riverside are headliners, those who are looking forward to seeing them should set aside the time to enjoy the music of this fine, homegrown band as well.
Entransient is a fine addition to the roster of homegrown bands we do enjoy signing and supporting at RoSfest. Our own bands need all the support they can get, especially when they create music as appealing as this band does. We expect this band to be going places sooner rather than later, and this should be a fine concert experience for the parts of our audience that appreciates progressive rock explored in a harder edged, metal-oriented context.
RoSfest 2019 Will take place on May 3 through May 5, 2019 at the Sarasota opera house, Florida. The final lineup and schedule for the festival or still TBA. Confirmed bands to appear so far are: Riverside, Karmamoi and Traverser.
US progressive rock band, Traverser, is confirmed to appear at ROSFest 2019.
Traverser was formed back in 2005 and has two albums to their name at the time of writing with “Redshift” from 2014 as their most recent production. At this point, the band is active in the studio preparing material for their third studio album. Traverser has built themselves a name and a reputation for being active in the live circuit and have a reasonably high degree of success as an independent band. Their second album has sold 1000 physical copies which is quite a lot for a non-label band in this era of streaming and digital sales. Musically, they belong on the harder side of the modern progressive rock landscape citing bands such as Porcupine Tree, Tool and Protest the Hero among the cited sources of inspiration. Or, as the band describes themselves; “A unique mix of progressive, alternative rock and metal”.
We were lucky to find Traverser among a long list of Florida bands as their music appealed to us on such a high level, we knew we had to sign this band for the 2019 edition of RoSfest. This is a band that hadn’t been on our radar previously and we look forward to sharing their music with our RoSfest audience. They are a seasoned live band with strong, quality music, which will prove to be a very pleasant surprise for many of our regular festival attendees.
RoSfest 2019 will take place on May 3rd through 5th, 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida. The final line-up and schedule for the festival is still TBA. Confirmed bands to appear so far are: Riverside (headliner), Karmamoi, and Traverser.
Main website: http://traverser.band
Italian progressive rock band Karmamoi is confirmed to appear at RoSFest 2019.
Karmamoi was formed 10 years ago, and released its debut album back in 2011. As with many bands Karmamoi has struggled to hold on to a stable-line up over the years, which has somewhat halted band development. However, the creative core of the band, drummer Daniele Giovannoni and guitarist Alex Massari, has remained stable and constant elements throughout the years. These days the band is finalizing material for its fourth studio album “The Day Is Done,” which is scheduled for release in the fall season of 2018.
Karmamoi have developed their style within a foundation that incorporates later day Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree, and have then expanded the borders of that framework somewhat. Modern progressive rock with eclectic intent – that remains accessible and compelling.
We enjoy booking bands that explore progressive rock in a contemporary manner at RoSFest, and are certain that Karmamoi will easily earn themselves plenty of new fans at RoSfest 2019.
RoSfest 2019 will take place on May 3rd through 5th 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida. The final line-up and schedule for the festival are still TBA. Confirmed bands to appear so far are: Riverside, Karmamoi.
Daniele Giovannoni – Drummer
Alex Massari – Guitarist
Sara Rinaldi – Lead Vocals
The RoSfest community is very important to me on so many levels and my long-term goal is to keep RoSfest going for as long as we can in order to benefit the “progressive music family” as a whole for both musicians and Prog music lovers alike. The Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, PA has been a memorable host to us for the past eight years, but even though our reputation continues to grow as the best North America Progressive Rock Festival, our audience attendance has been slowly declining.
As many of you are aware, we recently relocated to Sarasota, Florida. Our decision in selecting this location was not only because of its beauty, beaches, arts and entertainment, but because we believe Sarasota would make the perfect location for RoSfest to continue to survive and grow. Besides having an incredibly approachable downtown social area with blocks of restaurants, bars, hotels, Saturday morning Farmer’s Market, and shops that are bordered by Parks on the Sarasota Bay, Sarasota is home to the SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE offering an incredible acoustic experience residing in a $20 Million renovated theater. Our new home theater is in WALKING DISTANCE to hotels, restaurants, shops, and parks surrounded by views of the Gulf.
There are many additional attractions that people from all over the world visit Sarasota as a destination vacation spot for such as Siesta Key Beach, “Rated as the #1 Beach in the USA, 2017”, Selby Botanical Gardens, The Ringling Museums and Grounds, The Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium, the Art Center Sarasota, The Circus Arts Conservatory, Longwood Key, St. Armands Circle, and Lido Key for Kayaking the Mangroves or the Bay. In the coming weeks, we will share additional information about Sarasota that will include maps, photos, videos and details to help familiarize everyone with the area. New host hotels will be designated and after hour parties will continue, but all within walking distance as most of you have requested.
I’m aware that this news may upset some of our supporters, but please understand that in order for RoSfest to survive, we’re hopeful that our RoSfest family will give Sarasota a chance so that we can keep bringing you the best that progressive music has to offer!
With much love and appreciation,
RoSfest 2018 is now in the books and we are now looking forward to the future. Mark your calendars, the dates for 2019 are May 3rd, 4th, & 5th.
In case you haven’t heard, we announced Riverside as a headliner for 2019.
There are so many people to thank this year and I would like to start with my staff, beginning with my beloved partner in the festival business, Beth Ellen Wilson. I am grateful for Beth’s dedication to the festival and she spent long hard hours working on the beautiful artwork for all our logos, t-shirts, merchandise, and promotional work. Beth added a beautiful dimension that was missing at RoSfest and it makes me very happy to hear the women of prog say, “I love the women’s merchandise”. I would like to thank Donna O’Donnell for her dedication to the festival and for her hard work in facilitating the work permits for Special Providence. Once again, you rock! Special thanks go out to our Production Manager, Kevin Madrishin, for another successful year. Kevin spent long hours ahead of the festival making sure the bands had all of their backline questions answered and made sure we had the correct equipment necessary to use at the festival. I hope you like the new title “NUMBER 1 PRODUCTION MANAGER!” Once again, I’m very honored to call you my friend. Big huge thanks go out to Rita Kay Drew and Octavia Brown, our unsung heroes at RoSfest. They were responsible for the transportation of the bands and were quick to assist with anything else needed. “I’m a Barbie girl!”
Thanks again to Brendan Leber, and Dana Ocher, the official sheepherders of RoSfest. You did an awesome job this year! Thanks to Larry Dawgiello for handling the merchandise table this year. I am so happy you work for us. It’s great to have you on our team and the good thing is we didn’t have to hear that Larry song this year. Thanks again to All Sound Pro for providing a sweet system at the after-hours party on Saturday night. Banjo was awake this year! Thanks go out to Nick Andreas, and Mason Rouser, who handled security. You guys did a great job this year. Another special thanks to the best stage crew and Lighting company a promoter can ask for. You guys are the best in the business. It has been an honor to work with you. You’re all irreplaceable. As well as Joel Barrios, our official photographer.
Special thanks go out to Zeitgeist Media’s, Adele Schmidt, and her partner Jose Zegarra Holder for videotaping the show. Plus, a special thanks to Mike Potter and Chris “Orion Studios”, for always doing an incredible job at recording the bands. It should be mentioned that this year, seven out of the ten bands opted to do live DVD and audios at RoSfest. Everytime, you buy a DVD or CD from one of our bands, a small portion goes back to RoSfest. In essence, you’re helping out both the bands and RoSfest.
Special thanks go out to the Majestic theater. We appreciate all your help for making sure the bands don’t have to haul their own gear into the theater. Thank you SO much for making sure that our show runs without hassle. A special thank you must also go out to Jeffrey Gabel, the Executive Director of the Majestic Theater and for welcoming us back year after year. We are incredibly proud and honored to call The Majestic Theater our home since 2010. Immense and huge thanks to all of you.
Huge thanks go out to all the bands that performed at RoSfest. Every band performed to their potential and everyone gave a superb performance. A few stand outs went above and beyond what I expected and blew the roof off at RoSfest. Brand X, Barock Project, Flor De Loto and the phenomenal PFM. Thanks for giving us the most memorable weekend ever at RoSfest!
To all the Platinum, Gold, and regular seat ticket holders, thank you so much for your continued support. Without you, RoSfest would not be possible. I am truly blessed to have met all of you and feel honored and truly blessed to see your happy smiles. We are all part of a community that enjoys this music to come together once a year like a family reunion. We at RoSfest look forward to serving you again and are thrilled to be looking forward to 2019! Listen to the music and all of your pain goes away!
Next year’s dates, May 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2019 will be our 16th Anniversary and we plan to make it a great event starting off with our first headliner, “Riverside”. If you’re not familiar with this group, I would suggest taking a look at their website https://riversideband.pl/en/ and
watch the video – https://youtu.be/poAk9XgK7Cs
Moving forward, we plan to sell Platinum Seat Tickets in October followed by Gold seat tickets. Dates to be determined. The sale of these advance tickets ensures the ability to book great bands at RoSfest. We have a wish list that we would like to get at RoSfest 2019 and if any of you have any additional suggestions, please let us know. It’s always good to be connected to the pulse of RoSFest. Special Thanks to Rick Dashiell for his Flor De Loto suggestion. They were f’ing great!
Keep checking us out on our Facebook RoSfest group page for the latest news. https://www.facebook.com/groups/rosfest/
Find out more via the festival’s official website.
Thanks to everyone!
We are pleased to announce that Valdez and Lines in the Sky will perform at the 2018 edition of the Rites of Spring festival. And in the spirit of being progressive, we have booked both bands to perform at the opening slot on Sunday. In 2018, our faithful can look forward to two “sermons” on Sunday morning.
Valdez is a quartet based out of Philadelphia in the US, featuring the talents of singer and guitarist Simon Godfrey (Tinyfish, Shineback), bassist Tom Hyatt (Echolyn), keyboardist Joe Cardillo (Cold Blue Electric) and drummer Scott Miller (Stone Jack Baller). They released their debut album “This” just after ROSfest 2017, and have a new album in the pipeline.
Lines in the Sky are based out of Nashville, and was formed back in 2011, and consists of Jesse Brock (vocals, guitars), Bowman Brock (drums, percussion) and Ben McAnelly (bass). They have two albums to their name so far, “Hilasterion” (2014) and “Parallel Travel” (2016), and their third album “Beacon” is just about ready to be launched.
Both bands will have a 45 minutes long set, with a 10 minute long break in between bands so that the crew can prepare the stage and equipment for the second band. And as we are talking about Sunday morning, we rather suspect that a slight break in between bands might be a welcome feature for those in the crowd that have been a bit too festive the night before.
This is the first time we have given the “Church of Prog” slot to two bands to share. Both of them are stellar up-and-coming bands, hence this novel solution for booking both of them. We look forward to enjoying both of their performances. Of course, both bands will appear at the signing table after the concert.
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