RoSfest is honored to announce Enchant as our third band on Sunday

RoSfest is honored to announce Enchant as our third band on Sunday

US band Enchant is one of those bands that seem to have been around forever. They were formed back in 1988, and released their debut album “A Blueprint of the World” in 1993. Many fans approached us in the early days of RoSfest and wanted us to sign them back then, but the stars just didn’t align for that to happen in our early days. Enchant have now returned after a long spell of relative inactivity, and have just released their eighth studio album “The Great Divide”. Their first CD in 11 years. By now Enchant are firmly regarded as an important and influential progressive rock band in the US scene, and even those who don’t recall them from the days of old will most likely have encountered their lead vocalist Ted Leonard in some project or other, as he has been rather active in the last decade. He joined Spock’s Beard in 2011, and has recently toured with Transatlantic as well. The 2014 line-up of Enchant consists of Ted Leonard (vocals, guitars), Douglas Ott (guitars), Ed Platt (bass), Bill Jenkins (keyboards) and Sean Flanegan (drums).

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“We’ve been big fans of Enchant for years, but we never got the chance to sign Enchant in the early days of RoSfest, but when we found out that they were about to return now in 2014 we got in touch with them ASAP to secure them for RoSfest 2015. We know many in our core audience will be really pleased by this announcement!”

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First acts announced for RoSFest 2015

First acts announced for RoSFest 2015

RoSfest Saturday lineup announced for ROSfest 2015

The twelfth edition of The Rites of Spring Festival will take place on May 1st – 3rd 2015 in Gettysburg, PA. UK progressive metal band Haken will headline the Saturday bill on May 2nd. The supporting slots for Saturday have been given to UK neo-progressive band Abel Ganz, US/Mexican heavy prog band Sonus Umbra and US progressive rock band Strattman.

The opening slot on Saturday the 2nd of May has been given to US band Strattman.

This is a fairly new project, who released their debut album “The Lie of the Beholder ” in 2014. Those with a deeper knowledge in the underground prog scene will be aware of main man Roy Strattman however, as he has been a guitarist in US band Little Atlas for more than a decade by now, his skills as a performer and composer in that band earning him quite a lot of praise over the years. Accompanying Strattman at ROSfest 2015 will be a band consisting of Ricardo Bigai (bass), Steve Katsikas (keyboards), Eric Haugen (guitars) and Mark Whobrey (drums), while Roy will handle vocals and guitar duties himself. In summary: The performing band will be Little Atlas with an additional guitarist. Strattman will most likely bring along some copies of their debut album too, a produiction that have earned a lot praise from the reviewers that have covered it so far, drawing comparisons to artists as diverse as The Beatles, Porcupine Tree and King Crimson.

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“ROSfest have tried to establish a tradition of signing new high quality, homegrown bands, and Strattman fits that bill to a T”.

Second band out on ROSfest’s Saturday bill in 2015 is US band Sonus Umbra.

Originally formed in Mexico back in 1991, then calling themselves Radio Silence, they renamed themselves following a relocation to the US, and they were an active band at the start of the millenium with three critically acclaimed studio albums to their name released between 2000 and 2005. ROSfest veterans will also recall that they were signed to the very first edition of ROSfest back in 2004. Following several years of inactivity Sonus Umbra returned with a new line-up and the album “Winter Soulstice” in 2013. The current members of Sonus Umbra are Roey Ben-Yoseph (vocals), Rich Poston (guitars), Brian Harris (keyboards), Steve Royce (flute, vocals), Tim McCaskey (guitars), Andy Tillotson (drums) and Luis Nasser (bass).

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“Luis Nasser in Sonus Umbra is a good friend of the festival, and once we found out that he had reestablished Sonus Umbra, which was one of the most promising bands in the scene a decade ago, we knew we had to sign them for ROSfest 2015”.

The third band to perform on Saturday May 2nd is UK band Abel Ganz.

They are among the veterans in the UK based progressive rock scene, and was a part of the original neo progressive scene of the 1980’s. Following four studio productions released between 1984 and 1994 Abel Ganz went on a lengthy hiatus, but ever since they returned with the CD “Shooting Albatross” in 2008 their standing and popularity has been steadily increasing. Their most recent CD is the self-titled “Abel Ganz” from 2014, a production that have been very well received by reviewers and the buying public alike. The current incarnation of Abel Ganz consists of Stuart MacFarlane (vocals, guitars), Denis Smith (drums), Stevie Donnelly (bass), Stephen Lightbody (keyboards), Davie Mitchell (guitars).

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“Signing quality neo progressive bands have been something of a trademark feature for ROSfest over the years, and when we had the possibility to get one of the original neo bands, and a band that appears to be at the peak of their creativity and popularity now rather than 30 years ago as well, signing Abel Ganz to ROSfest 2015 was a no-brainer”

On the top of the bill for the Saturday line-up at ROSfest 2015 we find UK band Haken.

They came into being as late as 2007, and ever sine the release of their debut album “Aquarius” in 2010 this is a band we have been following closely. Haken have seen a rapid rise in popularity in the relative few years they have been around, landing a record deal with US label Laser’s Edge for their second album “Visions” in 2011, a production that further elevated their stature amongst people with an interested in sophisticated music. Haken was signed to renowned German label Inside Out for their third studio CD “The Mountain” in 2013, an album that firmly cemented Haken’s place as one of the elite performers in the current progressive rock and metal scene with their brand of progressive metal flavored with jazzoriented touches and an approach that have earned them comparisons to the likes of Gentle Giant. The current line-up of Haken is Charlie Griffiths (guitars), Ray Hearne (drums), Richard Henshall (guitars, keyboards), Ross Jennings (vocals), Diego Tejeida (keyboards) and Conner Green (bass).

“Haken is an obvious choice as headliners for ROSfest. We’ve had them on our list for a few years now, and following an increasing demand by our core audience we’re excited to finally be able to announce them for ROSfest 2015”.

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Sandor Kwiatkowski announced as the official ROSfest artist.

For the second year running we have chosen to cooperate with Swiss artist Sandor Kwiatkowski for all our official artwork and design. Besides the official festival logo and the main festival poster, the latter an image of a beautiful woman looking back at a stormy seashore scene with an old clock hovering above it, his artwork and design will be used for all the official merchandise for ROSfest 2015.

Be sure to visit our artist website: http://www.kwiatkowski.ch/about.html

 

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Sound Of Contact and Thank You Scientist swap spots.

Sound Of Contact and Thank You Scientist swap spots.

In order to better accommodate Sound of Contact’s tour; Thank You Scientist has graciously agreed to swap places with Sound of Contact in Saturday’s festival lineup. This means that Thank You Scientist will be playing second on Saturday, with their performance running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Sound of Contact will be playing third on Saturday, with their show running from 5 – 6:30 pm. Please help us spread the word about this schedule change! You definitely don’t want to miss these performances!

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Line-up adjustment: Collage to headline Sunday May 4th

Line-up adjustment: Collage to headline Sunday May 4th

As previously announced, newly reunited Polish band Collage have been booked for the 2014 edition of ROSfest. For internal booking and logistics reasons, Collage have kindly agreed to headline on Sunday evening and not Saturday evening as first announced. We’re truly grateful for Collage to agree to this scheduling alteration, and are convinced that they will conclude the 2014 edition of ROSfest in a splendid, memorable manner.

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To recap our initial announcement about Collage signing to Rosfest 2014:
We are overjoyed to announce that Polish band Collage will perform at ROSfest 2014. This fine Polish band were one of the pioneering neo progressive bands, formed back in 1985 and with four classic albums to their name released during the 1990’s. Their specific style, with the guitar style of Mirek Gil as a strong mark of identity, made them a household name among just about everyone with a specific interest in neo progressive and symphonic progressive rock back then.
Collage disbanded in 1996, and the principal members have since formed other bands that have gained a strong following: Believe Collage, Satellite and Strawberry Fields the best known of these. One might say that Collage inspired and to some extent fuelled what is today described as the Polish progressive rock scene, their specific take on this type of music one that have inspired a plethora of Polish bands, this in addition to the bands that was formed by its members after they disbanded. Come 2013 and the members of Collage decided that it was time to reform the band. Robert Amirian (vocals), Mirek Gil (guitars), Krzyś Palczewski (keyboards), Piotr Mintay Witkowski (bass) and Wojtek Szadkowski (drums) are back together again, with a new album in the making and an initial small tour in the planning.

A decision we’re especially proud of is that the official reunion concert is the one they will have at ROSfest 2014. For such a classic band with such a history, giving us this particular honor, it should come as no surprise that they have been chosen as a headliner for ROSfest 2014. The Sunday night headliner slot has been awarded to Collage, and we’re as excited about this as you all are. A historic event for us, our audience and the band.

Official website – http://www.collage.art.pl/index_en.html
Facebook – www.facebook.com/CollageProg

At last: This coming Saturday, November 2nd 2013, the Gold Tickets for ROSfest 2014 go on sale. The order link can be found on the ROSfst homepage (direct link: http://www.rosfest.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79&Itemid=120), and the order link will be activated at noon, 12:00, on November the 2nd.

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Subsignal announced for RoSfest 2014

Subsignal announced for RoSfest 2014

RoSfest is thrilled to announce that German band SUBSIGNAL has accepted our invitation to join the ranks of bands to perform at the 2014 edition of RoSfest. This German band started out as the side project for Sieges Even members Arno Menses (vocals) and Markus Steffen (guitars) back in 2007. When Sieges Even disbanded, Subsignal became their main band, and following a few line-up alterations they have now settled as a five man strong unit, the additional members as of 2013 being David Bertok (keyboards), Ralf Schwager (bass) and Danilo Batdorf (drums).

Described by critics as a band that blend harder edged melodic rock and progressive metal, Subsignal is a band that have earned favorable descriptions on how their sound develops from one album to the next. They released their debut album “Beautiful & Monstrous” in 2009, two years later “Touchstones” followed. In these days their third album “Paraiso” has just been released, and if the reviews so far can be regarded as an indication, it does appear that the old cliche about a band’s most recent album being their best to date has something going for it on this occasion.

We have been approached by a number of people that have advised us that Subsignal is a band we should consider booking, and following the release of their third CD “Paraiso” we felt that this was the perfect time to do just that. They have three full length albums out, appears to be steadily developing on all fronts, and quite honestly: if they continue developing in this manner, they will definitely be going places. Subsignal will hit the stage at 5 PM on Sunday May 4th, and we’re really looking forward to be able to experience the live qualities of this fine and increasingly popular German band.

Subsignal official website – http://www.subsignalband.com
Subsignal Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/subsignal

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Shadow Merchant announced for ROSfest 2014

Shadow Merchant announced for ROSfest 2014

Local Philadelphia band SHADOW MERCHANT has agreed to entertain our guests at the traditional Friday night after party. This foursome was formed by radiologists Sean Reiter (guitars) and Paul McGinnis (drums) back in 2007. This formative duo have since been expanded with the talents of Howard Whitman (vocals, bass) and Don Henney (keyboards). Shadow Merchant have started to make an impression in their local scene, and for two years running they have been finalists in WMGK 2013 Rock MD contest. The band is currently hard at work to finalize work on their debut album “The Tunnel”.

When this talented foursome hits the stage at the Friday night after party, although they obviously will use the opportunity to present their own material, it will not be solely to perform songs from their debut album. They have also started to prepare a careful selection of progressive rock classics to be performed at the party. Bands like Kansas and Rush have been mentioned as indicators of what to expect, both for the sound of their own creations as well as for the range of classics they are preparing for the festive crowd.

Shadow Merchant are now counting the days to ROSFest 2014, eager and overjoyed at being given the chance to keep the party spirit proggin’ at the traditional Friday night after party at the Eisenhower Hotel. We’re equally as eager to see, hear and experience the talents of this fine local band, firm in our belief that they will be a high octane fuel that will keep the party going until other hotel guests hit the breakfast table come Saturday morning.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/shadowmerchantVids1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shadow-Merchant/198092486901879
www.shadowmerchant.net

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