US band Shadow Merchant signed for the ROSfest 2018 After Party Events

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 different  band 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” »

US band PERFECT BEINGS signed to ROSfest 2018

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).
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US band CELL 15 signed to ROSfest 2018

We are pleased to announce that US band Cell 15 have signed for the 2018 edition of the Rites of Spring festival, and that they will be the opening band on Saturday May 5th.

Cell 15 started out as the creative vehicle and one-man band side venture of composer and musician Robert Richardson. Richardson is a seasoned hand with vast experience as a live backing musician for many noted artists over the years, and have also been a part of the bands Hybrid Ice and The Badlees. Cell 15 started out in 2014, when Richardson felt the need to create and explore his passion for progressive rock, resulting in the self-released, critically acclaimed debut album “Chapter One”. Continue reading “US band CELL 15 signed to ROSfest 2018” »

US band DISTRICT 97 returns to ROSfest in 2018

We are excited to announce that US band District 97 will return to ROSfest in 2018! What’s more, they’ll be opening the festival on Friday night.

District 97 was fresh and up and coming when they played for us in 2011, having just recently signed to prestigious progressive rock label The Laser’s Edge with one hot album to their name. Since then, the band has released a further two studio albums, as well as a few live albums. They’ve grown in stature precisely as we all hoped they would, and are now firmly established as one of the best contemporary progressive rock bands in the US. As the band is currently working on new material, they may have a new album waiting by the time ROSfest 2018 kicks off! Continue reading “US band DISTRICT 97 returns to ROSfest in 2018” »

Peruvian band FLOR DE LOTO signed for ROSFest 2018!

We are happy to announce, pending permits to be granted by the US government, that Peruvian band Flor de Loto has been signed for ROSFest 2018! They will appear as the third band on Sunday, May 6th.

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 the appearance of their self-titled debut album in 2005. Since then, their solid presence as a live band for more than a decade and the seven studio albums to their name have cemented 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 blend 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 experience one of the top progressive rock bands from the South American continent  performing live at ROSfest 2018.

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A Note From George!

RoSfest 2017 was a great success and we could not have done it without all of you! It was great to hear so many good comments from our patrons about the sound, acoustics and especially the new LED video wall. We promise to bring back that sweet technology to RoSfest 2018. I also received great feedback for the surprise act on Saturday night, U.N.I.T.dB. What a great show!

There are so many people to thank this year and I would like to start with my staff. Beginning with my beloved, Beth Ellen Wilson. Thank you for your hard work and contributions to RoSfest by providing the beautiful artwork for all our logos, merchandise, and promotional work. It’s great to have you as a business adviser to help lead RoSfest in the right direction. Your artwork makes me very happy! I love you.

To Donna O’Donnell: Hat’s off to you for another great job well done as we managed to get TF & TD over from the UK despite the US Government rejecting them and then starting the entire process over. You didn’t lay down and quit, but I know you were pissed as shit. I know it’s aggravating as hell. You rock Donna!

Big huge thanks go out to our Production Manager, Kevin Madrishin, for spending countless hours ahead of the festival organizing and answering emails. I owe you a debt of gratitude. I’m very proud to call you part of my family.

Big thanks go out to Darryl Sipf II and Rita Kay Drew our unsung heroes at RoSfest. They were responsible for the transportation of the bands. Thanks again to Brendan Leber “Fez” and our newest staff member, Dana Ocher, our official sheepherders. I noticed the stopwatch and how proud you were to keep the signing down to 30 minutes. No one went over. Excellent work by both of you. Thanks to Larry Dawgiello for handling the merchandise table this year. I will never forget the “Larry” song sung to you in the lobby. You should have been an accountant. Thank you for doing such a great job.

Big thanks go out to Dan MacDonald, who assisted with load in and load out at the after hours party both nights. Thanks again to All Sound Pro for providing a sweet system at the after-hours party. Banjo wake up! Thanks go out to our newest volunteers who handled security, Nick Andreas, Mason Rouser and Jeremy Hefner. You guys did a great job this year.

Another special thanks to our stage crew from Bauder Audio Systems for providing a professional and quality crew year after year. You guys are the absolute best in the business and it’s an honor to work with you once again. Special thanks go out to our lighting company, Spirit Sound Lighting and their staff. They did a fantastic job. I heard nothing but great comments on the new LED video screen.

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 “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. Every time, you the fan 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 band and RoSfest.

Big thank you’s and kudos go out to Jim Rezek and Kaz Paul for lending us gear for the festival. That’s huge in my book.

Special thanks go out to the staff at the Majestic 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. Immense and huge thanks to all of you.

Huge thanks go out to all the bands. I appreciate it when all the bands have fun at RoSfest. Every single band delivered a superb performance. The RoSfest fans appreciate all of you as much as we do. Thanks for giving us a memorable weekend. It was great fun!

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. We are all part of a community that enjoys this music and we all 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 2018!

Next years dates have been announced for May 4th, 5th and 6th 2018. This will be our 15th Anniversary and we plan to make it a very special event starting off with Barock Project from Italy playing the third slot on Saturday night, May 5th. If you don’t know their music, I would suggest buying their latest album called, “Detachment”. One of my favorites on the album is “Promises”. Actually, the entire album is my favorite.

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Platinum seat tickets will go on sale November 4th followed by Gold seat tickets going on sale November 11th 2017. The sale of these advance tickets ensures the commitment of booking great bands at RoSfest. We have a wish list that we would like to get at RoSfest 2018 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.

Please note: Do not make any plans at the current host hotels “The Aspire” or the “Eisenhower” as hotel location is currently on hold. More information to follow.

Find out more via the festival’s official website.

George Roldan