TALKING PERSPECTIVES: PROGSTOCK 2020 Goes Virtual – Hear What’s in Store from Festival’s Mastermind THOMAS PALMIERI

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With 2020 being an absolutely devastating year for live concert shows, we’re happy to say the good folks over at ProgStock Festival are doing their best to keep the live music happening.

ProgStock Festival is American Northeast only progressive rock music festival, especially now that RosFest has moved down to Florida. They’ve been keeping the torch burning up there and have had three fantastic years thus far, each year growing bigger than the previous one, with the musical celebration happening every October in Rahway, New Jersey.  Prior year’s bands have been well-known names in the prog-rock world like IQEddie Jobson, Brand X, Saga, Mystery and  many more, overall just wonderful weekend for progressive rock lovers

ProgStock Festival organizers had a great plans for 2020, but we know how those plans have gone. Therefore they are still endeavoring to do their best, to keep inspiration flowing through creative ways. We spoke to Thomas Palmieri, organizer of the festival to know in detail what they’ve got up their sleeves for the upcoming weekends, to keep bands performing and the fans enchanted. Listen below and also check out the event’s details in the following section!

ProgStock Festival, the American Northeast’s Only International Progressive Rock Festival proudly presents Virtual ProgStock 2020!

Virtual ProgStock 2020 will be streamed LIVE on Saturday, October 10 from the Hamilton Stage Theater of the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) in Rahway, NJ, and on Sunday, October 11 from the Temple Stage at Tellus360 in Lancaster, PA. With the pandemic in mind, and the rules and regulations in place, these shows will not have an in-person audience, so this is the ONLY way you can see them! We will be taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of our bands and crew.

The Virtual ProgStock 2020 shows will all be full-band, full-production shows with theater sound and lighting! It will be just like you are actually here, but everyone gets a front-row seat!

Show times (all times are in US Eastern):

Saturday, October 10:

1:00PM: Total Mass Retain YES Tribute Band
4:30PM: Mile Marker Zero
8:00PM: Gnarbot

Sunday, October 11:

1:00PM: Solar Federation – A Rush Tribute
4:30PM: Cell15
8:00PM: Crack The Sky

Tickets are $10 per show for this event, which means you can watch the entire event for $60. The individual performances on StageIt are separate shows. Audience members will purchase a ticket to each performance individually, not the whole night as a block.

Since our live-streamed events will only provide a virtual audience for our venues, we are also holding a fundraiser to help support UCPAC and Tellus360 through this crisis.

The funds raised here will help offset the costs of operating the venues for our live-stream events and will be matched with in-kind support for the events by our friends at these venues:

  • Donate $100 and get one ticket to the show of your choice on October 10 or 11 (a $10 value).
  • Donate $250 and get tickets to three shows (an entire day or any three shows you choose, a $30 value).
  • Donate $400 and get tickets to all six shows (the entire weekend, a $60 value) and our eternal and unconditional love (priceless).

Donations are being processed by Fractured Atlas on behalf of ProgStock Festival. ProgStock is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of ProgStock must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only. The value of each ticket received is $10. Any contribution above that amount is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Please help us support our home venue, UCPAC, and our new partner venue, Tellus360, so they can survive this crisis and return to staging live events when such things are allowed again!

Pricing: Virtual ProgStock 2020 shows will have a minimum ticket price of $10.00 (100 Notes), with prices in US Dollars. You can pay more, if you have the means, and you will also be able to tip during the show with your StageIt Notes. Tips show up on the screen as colored bars and many artists view them as the alternative to applause! We encourage you to support the artists and venues at this difficult time.

StageIt is all about experiencing music in the moment, duplicating the live music experience as closely as possible. You have to be there to see it, just like you would in a venue, so shows are only available on their site during the performance window.


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