We‘rethrilledtoannouncethatlegendaryItalianprogressiverockbandPremiataForneriaMarconi,alsoknownasPFM,havebeensignedforthe 2018 editionoftheRitesofSpringfestival. Theyareobviouslysignedasheadlinersandwill be thebandthatconcludesthefestivalonSunday,May 6th.
PFMwasformedin 1970 andtheyreleasedseveralalbumsinthatdecadethatareconsideredclassicsandcornerstonesofsymphonicprogressiverock in Italian and English.Whilelateralbumsweremetwithlessofauniversalacclaim,thestudioalbumstheyhavereleasedinrecentyearshavebyandlargebeenmetwithpositivereactionsfromfansandreviewersalike. Whathasbeenwellmaintainedallalongare thequalitiestheyhaveasaliveband: AconcertwithPFMhasalwaysbeenanengagingandrewardingexperienceandmanyoftheirlivealbumsareashighlyregardedastheirmostpopularstudioproductions.Continue reading “Italian legends Premiata Forneria Marconi signed to ROSfest 2018” »
We are excited to officially announce that Italian progressive rock band, Barock Project, has been signed to ROSfest 2018 and will appear as the third band on Saturday, May 5th. The band was formed by keyboardist Luca Zabbini and developed as a unit in the first half of the 2000’s. Their breakthrough came in 2012 with the release of their third album, “Coffee In Neukölln”. Since then, interest in the band has soared worldwide strengthened by the quality of their most recent albums “Skyline” (2015) and “Detachment” (2017).Continue reading “Italian band BAROCK PROJECT signed for ROSFest 2018” »
We are pleased to announce that local progressive rock band Shadow Merchant has been signed as the After Party band for ROSfest 2018. They played for us last in 2014, then as the Friday night after party band.Their set back then was described as “kickin’ ass”.
When Shadow Merchant returns in 2018, they will be a differentband with new members. Their current line-up consists of veteran members Sean Reiter (guitars) and Howard Whitman (vocals, bass), while Michael LaBuono (keyboards), David Lee (drums), and Yvonne Blackwell (vocals, percussion) are new additions to the band. Also new since their last ROSfest appearance is that Shadow Merchant will perform at both the Friday night and the Saturday night after parties.Continue reading “US band Shadow Merchant signed for the ROSfest 2018 After Party Events” »
We are pleased to announce that US band Perfect Beings have been signed to the 2018 edition of ROSfest, and have been scheduled as the second band to play on Saturday May 5th.
As many in our audience will remember, Perfect Beings were scheduled to play for us in 2016, but had to cancel just prior to the festival due to their bassist and drummer suddenly and unexpectedly leaving the band. Perfect Beings have since regrouped, have a firm new line-up in place and a new album set to be released through noted progressive rock label InsideOut in early 2018. The current incarnation of the band consists of Ryan Hurtgen (vocals, piano), Johannes Luley (guitars), Jesse Nason (keyboards), Pete Griffin (bass) and Sean Reinert (drums, percussion). Continue reading “US band PERFECT BEINGS signed to ROSfest 2018” »
PLATINUM SEAT TICKET INFO: Tickets go on sale at 12:00 noon, September 4thth, 2018
RoSfest is in its 16th year and will be taking place on May 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2019.
The Platinum seat tickets give you admittance to three days of the Festival with exclusive access and amenities plus the best seats in the theater! Included are limited preproduction sound checks and exclusive access with the bands, plus VIP Lanyards and a RoSfest t-shirt.
Limited tickets are available at $505.00 (+ processing fee) per seat for the weekend.
How to order tickets.
Step 1. Call George at 484.432.7357 to select your seats.
Step 2. Pay by credit card or by check. The credit card prompt will be available through square on the website.
Checks should be made out to Roldan Entertainment and mailed to the following address. George Roldan P.O.BOX 35234 Sarasota, Florida 34242
Mile Marker Zero is the final band signed for RoSfest 2019. They're a very talented Progressive Rock group from New Haven, CT USA!
Mile Marker Zero isn't a band that the average progressive rock fan will be all that much aware of, but they have been around in one guise or another for 15 years by now - or 13 years if you refer to the band's official biography. They released their self-titled debut album back in 2009, and along with their 2006 EP "The Haunted" they did get quite a bit of attention in those earlier days. Being the first unsigned band to have their music featured in the video game series RockBand among the proud moments from that phase of their career.
In later years the band have released a second EP, "Young Rust" (2014), and in March 2018 the band launched their second album "The Fifth Row". The quality of the latter was so impressive that we just had to book this band, even if we didn't really have any free slots left - we'll get back to how that detail will be sorted when we release the official schedule for RoSfest 2019.
For those not already aware of Mile Marker Zero, progressive metal with clear references to the foundations of the genre established “back in the day” by good old Rush is a fitting and appropriate manner in which to describe what this band is all about. We love it, and we are certain that many others will as well - especially after having seen them perform their material live on stage of course.
RoSfest 2019 will take place on May 3rd through 5th, 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida. Scheduled bands to play: Friday-Cryptic Vision and Von Hertzen Brothers. Saturday- Entransient, Mile Marker Zero, Karmamoi, Phideaux and Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour with Martin Barre, Clive Bunker and Jonathan Noyce. Sunday- Edge of Reality, Traverser, Flor De Loto and Riverside. The complete schedule with times will be posted shortly on the RoSfest website.
We love this 2019 lineup and think that you will too! Hope to see everyone in Sarasota next May!
Platinum seat tickets on sale September 4th 2018 Gold seat tickets on sale October 5th, 2018 Regular seat tickets on sale December 7th, 2018
Mile Marker Zero signed for RoSfest 2019 by blake | Aug 29, 2018 | News | Mile Marker Zero isn’t a band that the average progressive rock fan will be all that much aware of, but they have been around in one guise or another for 15 years by now – or 13 years if you refer to the band’s official ...
Von Hertzen Brothers set to return to RoSfest as headliners
Finnish progressive rock band, Von Hertzen Brothers, makes a welcome return to RoSfest in 2019, this time as the Friday night headliners.
It's been almost ten years since this fine Finnish band was booked for RoSfest first time around. At that time, the announcement of them signed to the festival was met with a few puzzled faces and question marks. Those who were aware of the band at that time, mainly due to their fantastic third album "Love Remains the Same" from 2008, knew what they were in for obviously, but many had quite the pleasant experience when they heard what the band delivered at RoSfest back in 2010.
We are bringing them back for the headliner slot in 2019. It is a good pairing with Cryptic Vision for starters, as both of them are returning bands that haven't played for us for a number of years. In addition, Von Hertzen Brothers have continued being an active live and recording band all along, with four additional studio albums to their name, all of them strong, quality productions, and the band's reputation as a potent and high quality live act have continued to grow too. The reports coming in from the band's recently concluded 10 year celebration tour for "Love Remains the Same" are glowing brighter than the sun itself.
Van Hertzen Brothers have been gaining attention. It is this sonic exploration that has seen them blaze a trail across Europe since 2006, leading them to play with artists from Foo Fighters, 30 Seconds to Mars, Neil Young, Biffy Clyro, The Wildhearts and ZZ Top to Anathema and Opeth. With seven stunning studio albums to their credit, VHB have developed into a fantastic live band. This band is the perfect fit for the RoSfest lineup and its audience.
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 Cryptic Vision, Entransient, Karmamoi, Phideaux, Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary tour with official members Martin Barre, Clive Bunker and Jonathan Noyce. Edge of Reality, Traverser, Flor De Loto and Riverside.
Peruvian band FLOR DE LOTO set to return for RoSFest 2019
We are pleased to announce that Peruvian band Flor de Loto have been signed to ROSFest also for 2019.
Following a spectacular performance at last year's RoSfest, we have decided to bring Peruvian band Flor de Loto back also for the 2019 edition of our festival. For a number of reasons: Their concert last year was brilliant, and many desired to see them again sooner rather than later. Some missed out on the show, and from what they heard from others they knew they had missed something good. Hence we see to it that this situation is resolved. And finally Flor de Loto have now signed with US label Melodic Revolution Records, a label that are longtime friends of RoSfest, and they are releasing Flor de Loto's new album.
As we stated last year: Progressive rock is alive and well on the South American continent, and one of the most popular progressive rock bands in South America is Flor de Loto from Peru. They have built a steadily growing fan base all over the continent since they first appeared in 2005 with their self-titled debut album, with a solid presence as a live band for more than a decade and seven (soon eight) studio albums to their name cementing their reputation as a high-quality band.
Their take on progressive rock is one that resides somewhere in between Jethro Tull and Iron Maiden, incorporating elements from metal, Andean folk music and chamber music into their compositions alongside nods towards hard rock and psychedelic rock. This results in a sound and style with a broad appeal: This is a band with fans also from outside of the progressive rock universe.
Alonso Herrera, Alejandro Jarrin, Pablo Alayza, Alvaro Escobar, Pierre Farfán and Gabriel Iwasaki are members of a band that has a reputation as a quality act on all levels. We are eagerly looking forward to being able to once again experiencing one of the top progressive rock bands from the South American continent performing live 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 (headliner), Karmamoi, Entransient, Traverser, Edge of Reality, Phedeaux and Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour with Martin Barre, Clive Bunker & Jonathan Noyce and Cryptic Vision!
Peruvian band FLOR DE LOTO set to return for RoSFest 2019 by blake | Aug 21, 2018 | News | We are pleased to announce that Peruvian band Flor de Loto have been signed to ROSFest also for 2019. Following a spectacular performance at last year’s RoSfest, we have decided to bring Peruvian band Flor d...
US progressive rock band Cryptic Vision is confirmed to appear at RoSFest 2019.
Those who have good memories will recall that Cryptic Vision was one of the bands that appeared at the start of the millennium that caused quite a stir, releasing their first albums in 2003 and 2006 respectively, and with a third album to their name that followed in 2012. During their initial phase, the band was also signed to RoSfest, which resulted in the album "Live at RoSfest 2005".
While news about the band have been a bit slow in recent years, they remain active. As a matter of fact, they are working on material for a new EP these days, a production that is planned to be released prior to RoSfest 2019. The current members of the band are Rick Duncan, Todd Plant, Sam Conable, Tim Keese and Howard Helm: The very same line-up that have been in place for the greater majority of the band's career. Cryptic Vision continues exploring progressive rock in the same vein they have done since they started out, with a typical US touch to their overall sound in a manner that was pioneered by bands such as Kansas back in the day.
When we moved Rosfest to Sarasota, Florida for the 2019 edition of the festival, Cryptic Vision was one of the first bands we reached out to. Besides being a known entity and quality band that haven't played at the festival for more than a decade, Cryptic Vision is also a local band: They are actually based in Sarasota, so you cannot be more local than that.
Cryptic Vision have been chosen to be the band that opens Rosfest 2019, the very first band to hit the stage on Friday. We know we are not the only ones that are looking forward to seeing and hearing this fine US band play for us again.
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 (headliner), Karmamoi, Entransient, Traverser, Edge of Reality, Phedeaux and Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour with Martin Barre, Clive Bunker & Jonathan Noyce.
Cryptic Vision signed for RoSfest 2019 by blake | Aug 21, 2018 | News | US progressive rock band Cryptic Vision is confirmed to appear at RoSFest 2019. Those who have good memories will recall that Cryptic Vision was one of the bands that appeared at the start of the millennium that caused quite a s...
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.
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 pro...
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 3rd through May 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 and Traverser.
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....