Progtoberfest III : Three Days of Live Music in Two Rooms!
Fri, Oct 20
Sun, Oct 22
Martin Barre, The Don & Bunk Show feat. Frank Zappa alums Don Preston, Bunk Gardner with Special Guests Ike Willis, The Alphonso Johnson Band, The Tangent, Karmakanic, Bruce Soord, Cast, Aisles, Wobbler, Dave Kerzner Band, Necromonkey, Mike Keneally and Beer for Dolphins, Thank You Scientist, District 97, Karcius, Luz de Riada, Randy McStine, Frogg Cafe, Discipline, XmarsX, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, King Llama, Wave Mechanics Union, Eye, Abacab, SchoolTree, Kinetic Element, Echoes of Giants, In The Presence Of Wolves, Five of the Eyes, Agori Tribe, NEW! Performing NEU!, Progger, Lost World Band, Amalgam Effect, Roswell, Mano, Sons of Ra
2109 South State St
Chicago, IL, 60616
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Reggies is proud to announce Progtoberfest III October 20-22, 2017 with up to 36 bands playing this year. This year our main headliners include Jethro Tull's Martin Barre Band playing an evening of Jethro Tull including the iconic Jethro Tull album "Stand Up" in its entirety. The Alphonso Johnson Band featuring Chester Thompson, playing the music of Weather Report, Santana, Genesis and more; The Tangent, Karmakanic, Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief as as solo set, Wobbler, Cast, Aisles, Dave Kerzner Band with a special tribute to Greg Lake & John Wetton, Necromonkey, Mike Keneally, Thank You Scientist and many other guests.
For the past five years Martin has toured the world with his own band to play the "classic" music from the Jethro Tull catalogue, and also many new tracks written by Martin from his albums AWAY WITH WORDS and ORDER OF PLAY, plus his latest album, BACK TO STEEL.
For 43 years Martin Barre was the renowned guitarist of Jethro Tull, and his role in the band cannot be overestimated. Bruce Eder wrote on allmusic.com, "His playing has provided much of the energy that allows the band to soar on record and in concert."
His unique sound and style contributed enormously to their success, which includes several chart topping albums, eleven gold and five platinum albums, a Grammy Award for CREST OF A KNAVE in 1988, and album sales exceeding 60 million units. Tull continues to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.
Martin's guitar playing has earned him respect and recognition; he's been voted among the best ever in the USA and in the UK for his playing on "Aqualung." Beyond numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has plied those award-winning chops with many other distinguished artists, including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa and Chris Thompson. He has shared a stage with such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
Redoubtable drummer George Lindsay, alongside super songwriter and bass player Alan Thomson form the core of Martin's accomplished band, with vocals performed by the talented and distinctive Dan Crisp. All members are committed to giving the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years with a few surprises along the way.
Mike Keneally and Beer for Dolphins
Hello, I’m Mike Keneally, writing things about myself. What’s happening with you? You good?
Here are a few words about my life in music. I appreciate you reading them, if in fact you do:
I started playing keyboard when I was seven, when my parents gave me an electronic organ for Christmas. It was a total box of magic to me. For my eleventh birthday I got a guitar and that was a whole different kind of beast, one that I loved just as much. I played both instruments obsessively while I was growing up.
I loved The Beatles, too, to an unreasonable degree, starting when I was five years old, and over time that love extended to (I’m writing a list now) Frank Zappa, ELP, Alice Cooper, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, Stevie Wonder, Yes, The Beach Boys, Henry Cow, Joni Mitchell, Gentle Giant, Sly Stone, The Residents, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Steve Reich, XTC, Radiohead and a million other incredible people. They Might Be Giants too, they’ve done some unbelievable stuff. Beefheart obviously. Thelonious Monk, sheesh. Laurie Anderson is badass too. Crimson! And Tull! Let’s talk Thomas Dolby and Leonard Bernstein for a second! All of those influences and countless others have found their way into my music; music which, I hope, doesn’t really sound like any of it.
I was a weird kid, and I slowly learned to adapt in different circumstances, except when I didn’t. To the extent that I did, this came in handy when I was 25 years old, in late 1987, and got hired to play guitar and keyboard with Frank Zappa, my ultimate musical hero when I was growing up. It was also my first real professional gig as a musician, and it came with a lot of hard and fast learning, or not. It was a mind-blowing experience in every way, literally a dream come true, but also far more than that. I feel the repercussions every day.
(Just a sec. I’m veering off-narrative here, but do you see over there where it says I’m the leading progressive-rock genius etc.? [Bill Meredith wrote that by the way, thank you Bill!] Anyway, is that really true? What do you guys think? Tell you what, I’ll count to three, and then you all yell out what you think about it. One. Two! THREE! Hey, I couldn’t hear anything!)
Back to my life story here. It took me a while to recover after the Zappa tour, and decide on a next step, but as the 90s got underway I eventually got a solo career going (while also working with Frank’s sons in the group Z, and then playing in Steve Vai’s band for six years. Both extremely fun and educational experiences). Some friends of mine (Jeff and Suzanne Forrest, thank you!) in San Diego started a label, and I signed with Immune Records and did eight audio or video projects with them from 1992 to 1998 – this was when I did hat., Boil That Dust Speck and Sluggo! as well as other titles. Then my pal Scott Chatfield and I formed Exowax Recordings in 1999, and starting with the instrumental one-man-band album Nonkertompf we unleashed another twenty or so Keneally releases, including regular albums, EPs, limited editions with DVDs or bonus albums, etc. Exowax merrily continues pumping out delicious audio for you, to this very freakin’ day.
I started playing live with my own bands a lot in the late 90s, playing insanely intricate stuff, improvising a lot and doing a lot of crazy things onstage, but not quite settling into a jam band scene, or a fusion scene, or an alternative scene, or a prog scene, but (I guess?) combining something of all of that, without ever attempting to do anything specific genre-wise at all; I just keep trying to make music that I enjoy hearing. Add in the energy we get from the many varied and wonderful music-lovers we’ve played for around the world, and it’s all been an extraordinary thing for me to be a part of. I’m endlessly grateful to all the musicians who’ve played my music through they years, and to all the people who’ve enjoyed it.
Sometime around 2000 I started occasionally seeing brown triangles, giving me musical instruction according to some arcane outerplanetary notational system. This would happen, sometimes, when I was playing guitar onstage with my eyes closed. After a couple of years, it stopped. I think it helped my playing for good, and I enjoyed it a lot.
In 2006 I started writing songs with Andy Partridge, former leader of XTC and songwriting hero of mine. Six years later, I put out an album called Wing Beat Fantastic: Songs Written By Mike Keneally & Andy Partridge. Working with Andy was another fairly unbelievable dream come true for me, similar to working with Zappa in terms of the impact these gentlemen have had on my life.
This album and other recent albums of mine have been recorded at Scott Chatfield’s studio Chatfield Manor, with ace engineer Mike Harris a constant co-conspirator. Every moment it’s possible for me to be working on music here, I do my best to take it. I love making albums. It’s an addiction.
Recent releases include Scambot 1 (part one of an epic ongoing saga; Scambot 2 is presently in the works); Evidence of Humanity with drummer Marco Minnemann; and a live DVD/CD set of the Mike Keneally Band, called bakin’ @ the potato! Here’s a video from bakin’: youtube.
Largely thanks to the kind patronage of Co de Kloet at NTR Music in the Netherlands, I’ve also written some orchestral pieces (sometimes with myself as guitar soloist); the most notable is the 52-minute suite The Universe Will Provide, recorded with Holland’s Metropole Orkest and released by NPS Music/Favored Nations in 2003. No other musical experience compares to playing live with an orchestra. For an electric guitarist it’s a real challenge to create the proper space as a soloist, without become overwhelming with volume, and finding a dynamic which feels of a piece with the orchestration. I’d love to do more of it and continue refining the process.
My new album on Exowax Recordings is You Must Be This Tall. It’s one of my crazier releases; mostly instrumental, although there are a few key vocal tracks on it. In a way it might be my most focused and ambitious album yet; it’s a 12-song, 44-minute rocket blast of punchy experimentalism with a lot of melodic and harmonic depth to it, if I do freaking say so. I’m not impressed with myself, you understand, but I’m totally happy with this album.
I also work a lot nowadays as a member of Joe Satriani’s band, and that is really hugely fun. And I play death metal, along with Brendon Small, as a guitarist in the live band Dethklok (originated in cartoon form on the [adult swim] TV program Metalocalypse. We, the human band, play the death metal live, while the cartoon Dethklok is in rhythmic sync with us, on a huge LED screen above the stage. People go nuts. It is incredibly fun).
Looking at all of it in one place, it’s a strange career I have, but it’s been more fun than a basket of warm aardvarks in the springtime.
Thank You Scientist
With more time changes than a broken pocket watch, and more hooks than a tackle box, this group of ambitious young lads from New Jersey is getting quite a bit of attention lately, and with good reason! "A seven piece monster" collectively playing roughly 20 instruments, Thank You Scientist has a hyper-composed sound much indebted to the band members' experience and formal training in both classical and jazz idioms. TYS has been mesmerizing live audiences since their inception in 2010. Dubbed "the top unsigned act in the Tri-State area" shortly after the release of their EP, The Perils of Time Travel, the band hasn't slowed down a bit. During June of 2012, the band released their first full length record, Maps of Non-Existent Places, an album funded by fans from all over the world via a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. The album is a stunning collage of influences. Picture Incubus, Coheed and Cambria, and Steely Dan on a train with Frank Zappa as the conductor colliding into the Mahavishnu Orchestra leaving the Beatles and King Crimson to assemble the wreckage. Does this make sense to you? It shouldn't, but take one listen and call us in the morning. Familiar, yet undeniably unique. Complex, yet accessible. This is post-genre music at it's finest.
Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis etc.): The playing sounds uniformly dynamite and quality oozes from every pore. You’ve worked so hard on this, I wish you and the music all the success you deserve.
Roine Stolt (Flower Kings, Transatlantic): Your band is one of the very few I can see a real true potential in and I'm sure you have many new fabulous albums coming in the near future.
Jim Derogatis (NPR's "Sound Opinions", Rolling Stone Magazine): District 97 is a wildly ambitious progressive-rock group whose youth belies its accomplishments onstage and on its new "Hybrid Child" CD. Paul Bielatowicz (Carl Palmer Band, Neal Morse): We made our way back to the hotel and I put on District 97's CD while finishing my nachos – what a GREAT album!
District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. The release of 2012's critically-acclaimed Trouble With Machines ushered in an exciting era for the Chicago-based Progressive Rock band; In 2013, the band toured both Europe and the US with legendary bassist and vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson/UK/Asia), which was documented on 2014's live release, One More Red Night: Live in Chicago. 2013 also saw the band nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Award by Prog Magazine. Rather than rest on their laurels, District 97 took to the studio in 2014 to record the new material they'd been honing at home and on the road. The resulting album, In Vaults (due in June 2015), continues and accelerates the upward trajectory of great songwriting and incredible musicianship that's been evident since the band's 2010 debut, Hybrid Child. One listen perfectly illustrates why John Wetton says, “I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt.
DISTRICT 97 was formed in the fall of 2006 by drummer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and guitarist Sam Krahn (replaced in 2008 by current guitarist Jim Tashjian). The foursome from Chicago honed a no-holds barred style of Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired Instrumental Rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound; enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson from Heart, Leslie's dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. She was followed shortly thereafter by one of Chicago's finest young guitarists, Jim Tashjian. With this new blend of charisma and stellar musicianship in place, their live shows over the past several years at festivals such as RoSfest and Prog Dreams II, and numerous appearances across the USA, UK and Europe cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with onstage, as well as in the recording studio.
In August 2015, Rob Clearfield and Patrick Mulcahy left the group and were eventually succeeded by Andrew Lawrence and TIm Seisser, respectively. The new lineup will debut in tours across Europe and the US in 2016.
Player Credits: Stu Hamm, The Fringe, Pfx
A side projects of Liquid Soul’s Mars Williams. It’s a free jazz project that sounds like something fans of modern jazz will want to try out.
“XMARSX runs the absolute gamut with their rock-noise-improv-electric-funky-no-wave-jazz-punk, there’s a unified focus to their sensibility. Along with Williams, guitarist Greg Suran (Goo Goo Dolls, Blue Man Group, Slam), drummer Dave Suycott (Machines Of Loving Grace, Stabbing Westward, Slam), and Kent Kessler (Vandermark 5, NRG Ensemble, Brotzmann Tentet) comprise the potent nucleus of XMARSX. Additional contributions from Williams’ longtime associate, cellist Frederick Longberg-Holm (Terminal 4, Witches & Devils, NRG, Brotzmann) adds both color and nuance to this capable ensemble.
The Obelisk's review describes Eye as "melding mellotron-era King Crimson with space-bound Pink Floyd cosmic exploration." In the words of Eye bassist Matt Bailey, the band creates "classic vintage sounds filtered through new blood… born from us jamming for long periods of time."
SchoolTree is a contraption built by Boston-based composer/performer/producer Lainey SchoolTree. Mixing the epic majesty of progressive rock, the catchy hooks of power pop, and the pathos of musical theater, SchoolTree endeavors to redefine expectations of modern art rock music.
In The Presence Of Wolves
In the Presence of Wolves is a Progressive Rock band that has been brewing in the minds of bassist Vini Stamato and guitarist Chris Capitanio since 2009. Wishing to do something different from conventional rock and local music, they chose to challenge themselves musically and creatively in a way that is totally different from other bands in South Jersey. After a series of setbacks and side projects, the two reconvened and got to work on their music. They embraced the freedom of prog music where they were free to experiment without labels or expectations. In 2012, they joined up with guitarist Justin Alexander and drummer Mason Ingling to solidify their lineup. Now, they're preparing to make waves and unleash their own brand of rock.
Five of the Eyes
A mind altering assault of energy and performance, Five Of The Eyes has quickly become one of New England's must see rock acts. Mars Volta and QOTSA fans listen up, because these guys are blending influences of Prog Rock, Funk, and Latin into some unstoppable heavy riffs.
Follow @fiveoftheeyes on Instagram!
"Isabella" Live Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BItMHQuWxQU
"Nacreous Cloud" Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeDgyWo3hf0
"...a self-titled, self-produced first studio effort that's arrestingly dynamic, heavy yet danceable, and deceptively melodic. It draws on the progressive metal roots of many of the band members, but it brings in further Latin, funk and pop elements. It's one of the strongest debuts from a new Maine band in the past two years, and it's already helped the band garner some early buzz as a seriously awesome live act."
-Emily Burnham (Culture Shock, Bangor Daily News)
Founded in 2008 by a few friends with a shared musical interest, Agori Tribe is one of the more unique up-and-coming bands that Memphis, TN, has to offer. The five members of Agori Tribe, Sean Naughton (drums/percussion), Will Nicholls (guitar/samples), David Collins (guitar/keys/percussion), Dave Hash (keys/percussion), and Jeff Naylor (bass), combine their extensive talents to create a truly inventive sound that defies classification. Their music blends elements of psychedelic rock, funk, jazz, reggae, blues and world music to form a one-of-a-kind fusion of sound. It is Agori Tribe's fearlessness when it comes to experimentation that has led them to become one of the most promising acts to emerge from Memphis in recent years.
The last four years have been a whirlwind of new opportunities for Agori Tribe. From 2011 to 2014, they shared the stage with the likes of PERPETUAL GROOVE, PARTICLE, THE ORIGINAL WAILERS, EARPHUNK, SPANKALICIOUS, ZOOGMA, MOON TAXI, ARCHNEMESIS, ARPETRIO, SUNSQUABI, GRAVITY A, DIRTFOOT and played an official pre show for WIDESPREAD PANIC in Southaven, MS. They also performed at the LUVMUD, Bristerfest, Fools Ball/Fall Ball, M.E.M.Fest and Memphis Music & Heritage music festivals in TN and MS. However, their most notable achievement to date is their appearance at the Wakarusa Music Festival in both 2012 and 2013. In the summer of '13 and '14, they also embarked on tours that took them to Knoxville, TN, Athens, GA, Asheville, NC, and New Orleans, LA. With other gigs in Nashville, TN, Gulf Shores, AL, Birmingham, AL, Starkville, MS and Chattanooga,TN, in addition to frequent shows in Memphis, Agori Tribe's following continues to expand.
When they haven't been busy with live performances, Agori Tribe has also had numerous studio sessions over the last few years, culminating in the release of their debut album, "The Hard Mountain Tradition." The psychedelic waves are only beginning to set into motion as Agori Tribe continues to dazzle audiences, while they push forward and prepare for bigger things to come.
For fans of: Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Parliament-Funkadelic, Snarky Puppy
Progger lays beautiful, sophisticated melody and harmony over visceral grooves and beats from funk, soul, world, and electronic dance music. Combining the experience of some of the most in-demand touring and session musicians from the vibrant Texas music scene, Progger has quickly built a reputation for being one of the most skilled, tight, and captivating live bands in the country, and has garnered praise from producers and musicians throughout the nation. Their debut album, Beatmaker, was released in February 2013.
"[Progger] is a group of some of the best musicians in Austin that, despite each member's individual talents, somehow manages to sound like a real band. When you see them live, you can truly feel that you're seeing serious musicians realizing one concept and creating one sound together," says songwriter and producer Matt Ragland. Destinee Ware, owner of the prominent Austin venue One2One, says "it's one of those few bands that people stop talking, stop drinking, stop doing anything else they were doing and just start listening to. They command attention. The musicians on stage are of the highest quality and it shows. The song arrangements are smart and different with unexpected changes at every turn." Simply stated by Grammy-winning producer and band leader Michael League, "Progger rocks."
Members of Progger have contributed to numerous recordings, tours, and performances by some of music's most brilliant luminaries. These include artists like Snarky Puppy, Peter Rowan, Okkervil River, Bill Laurance, Col. Bruce Hampton, Myron Butler, Kirk Covington, Bernard Wright, and many more. Saxophonist, keyboardist, and producer Brian Donohoe began performing regularly with guitarists Matt Muehling and Carter Arrington soon after moving to Austin from Dallas in 2009, and within two years the trio had found their ideal rhythm section in the form of bassist Nick Clark and drummer Daniel Watson. Paul Deemer soon started sitting in on trombone, and has regularly contributed his considerable talents since then. While spending some time immersed in the vibrant New York music scene, Progger has also had considerable help from drummer Andy Martinek, keyboardist Noah Kellman, and guitarist Dan Muniz, as well as Snarky Puppy members Justin Stanton, Bob Lanzetti, and Chris McQueen.
With their shared love of soul, jazz, and rock music, the musicians quickly found a common desire to create captivating, innovative, fresh music built on the foundations of their heroes: Herbie Hancock, George Clinton, Weather Report, Stevie Wonder, and, notably, Dallas funk and gospel legend Bobby Sparks, among many others. As bandmates and friends, the members of Progger are constantly seeking out new inspiration from nature, art, and the club to keep developing their unique music with no end in sight.
Amalgam Effect is a progressive rock band from Colorado. We formed in an amorphous stage some time in 2011, from which point the gestation has been long delayed but ever-progressing. The initial formation of the band began with Mathew Spivack and Chris Childress as they set out together on a professional and artistic venture. This would become Amalgam Effect in its earliest stage: style being negotiated, initial composition taking place, and the spark of artistic kinship igniting the flame of the band that would be. Over the subsequent couple of years and through several minor line-up shifts - one of which saw Kody Little's initial induction into the group and subsequent departure - the band slowly formed. The difficultly with keeping a full line-up eventually resolved itself as everything started to fall into place; it was in 2013 that Calvin Merseal joined the band - an event that was steadily followed by a surge in writing and composition within the group. It was shortly thereafter that Kody Little rejoined the band, and the progress and productivity has only come even further with his addition. As we are now, we still need to find the keyboard player to complete our band's formula, but we have nonetheless found solidarity as a unit in its own state of completeness for the moment.
We are, respectively:
Mathew Spivack: lead vocalist, flautist, guitarist, lyricist.
Chris Childress: bassist, vocalist
Kody Little: lead guitarist, vocalist, lyricist
Calvin Merseal: drummer, vocalist, lyricist
Mano is a Middle Eastern-inspired progressive rock band based in Chicago. Their compositions utilize musical textures and sounds from varied genres of contemporary, classical, and world music. Mano fuses a rock rhythm section with classical and world instrumentation to bring a unique and energetic live music experience that journeys through intense, thematic unison lines contrasted by sections of virtuosic improvisation. Founded in 2013 by flutist/composer Joe LaRocca, Mano includes Greg Firak (guitar), Parker Grogan (electric/upright bass), Collin O’Brien (drums), Najeeba Syed (violin), Desiree Miller (cello), and Marshall Greenhouse (percussion/kaoss).
Sons of Ra
$75.00 - $350.00
Friday 10/20: Doors 3pm Music Joint: Sons of Ra/ Echoes of Giants/ Five of the Eyes/ In the Presence of Wolves/ AISLES ::Doors 4pm Rock Club: Luz de Riada/ District 97/ Thank You Scientist/ Dave Kerzner Band/ The Alphonso Johnson Band
Saturday 10/21: Doors 11pm in Rock Club: Frogg Cafe/ ABACAB/ Wave Mechanics Union/ CAST/ Mike Keneally & BFD/ WOBBLER/ Karmakanic/ The Tangent :: 11am in Music Joint: Roswell/ NEW! Performing NEU!/ King Llama/ Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius/ Karcius/ Necromonkey/ Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief
Sunday 10/22: Doors 11am in Rock Club:: Randy McStine/ Kinectic Element/ Discipline/ XmarsX/ Schooltree/ Mano/ Martin Barre :: 11am in Music Joint: EYE/ Amalgam Effect/ Lost World Band/ Progger/ Agori Tribe
All tickets good for both Music Joint and Rock Club room. Complete times and Meet & Greet schedule TBA.
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