ProgDay 2012 announced two pre-show performances. On Friday, August 31, the Carrboro Arts Center in Carrboro (near Chapel Hill and Durham) will be presenting a show featuring Going For The One and Minstrels In The Gallery.
Going For The One is the United States’ leading Yes tribute band, celebrating the music of one of rock history’s most important and inspired bands. Going For The One does not present a literal recreation or impersonation of Yes; it is rather a group of talented musicians who strive to preserve and continue the tradition of classic Yes music and performance.
Versions of songs are derived from both studio and live performances, with some liberty taken within the bounds of what Yes might have done. As much as possible, the band uses the equipment Yes used in the 70s, with some updates employed for technical reasons. The band’s goal in presenting this music is clear with each performance: Going For The One is a celebration of Yes music. The current show blends tracks drawn from The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Going for the One, and other progressive rock-era Yes albums from the 1970s.
Formed in 2011 and bringing together members from the Rochester and Cleveland areas, Minstrels In The Gallery has already begun to establish a reputation as one the best Jethro Tull tribute bands in the United States through shows in Cleveland, Rochester, and Pittsburgh, as well as at the ClassicFest at Nelson Ledges (Ohio). The current show draws from Jethro Tull music from the 60s and 70s, with an emphasis on the classic 70s tracks.
ProgDay 2012 is the 18th edition of the longest running progressive rock festival in the world. The festival will take place on Saturday, September 1st, and Sunday, September 2nd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Confirmed bands include Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic (US), Accordo Dei Contrari (Italy) and Jack Dupon (France), with five more bands to be announced.
The Carrboro ArtsCenter is located at 300-G East Main St., Carrboro, NC 27510. Phone: +1 (919) 929-2787
For more information about ProgDay, the Friday and Saturday night shows, and to hear music from this year’s lineup, visit www.progday.net.