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Concert Review – Moon Letters and Human Ottoman at the Parliament Tavern, in West Seattle, Washington on Friday, August 16th, 2019

I went to The Parliament Tavern in West Seattle, Washington, on August 16th, to see Moon Letters live, after reviewing their new CD, Until They Feel the Sun. I read about their show at SeaProg 2019, Seattle’s most well-known progressive music festival, and wanted to hear them live. It isn’t often that you go to a show expecting to hear another great band, and get introduced to a brand-new band that takes the show to another level. The Parliament Tavern show was my introduction to the innovative polyrhythmic rock of Human Ottoman. The show was my first progressive rock concert of the year and it was wonderful.

The show opened with Susan Lucia of Human Ottoman playing drums with Peter Daniel and Funk Jazz. Peter Daniel was well received and the band played some interesting jazz and funk noodling. It was great, but not the feature artists I was looking forward to hearing.  Peter Daniel on saxophones from 45th St Brass had the audience warmed up well with music and commentary. It was a good show, and I’d recommend any jazz lover to search them out.

Next up was Human Ottoman. I was already impressed with Lucia’s drumming with Funk Jazz, however, when Grayson Fiske rolled in that vibraphone on wheels, I knew we were in for a treat.

Human Ottoman is a dynamic quartet of musicians made up of Grayson Fiske, on electric vibraphone: Julian Kosanovic, on cello; David Robert Burrows, on bass: and Susan Lucia on drums; from Portland Oregon. Their music is dynamic and weird at the same time. But it is innovative and full of excitement. The band has been on a multiple city tour since releasing their new album, Rampage in August. Their music is in demand throughout the west and Mid-West. And for good reason. They often open each song slowly with vibraphone, cello and bass, then Lucia smashes the drums and they go full tilt. It is just amazing when they do.

The experience is hard to describe. It is creative wow. They open with each musician playing their instrument in different directions, before Lucia seems to bang the drum for an eruption of sound to begin. Then, the band plays at rapid speed and increased volume. It is amazing how they time these eruptions and all play their instruments at peak performance, in rhythm and with melody. 

Human Ottoman played the following songs: “DoeToe”, ” 3(5)+4″, “Drug Anthem”, “Yesterday”, “Real Eyes”, “construction”, and “100k Lazer Cats”. My favorite was “100k Lazer Cats”, with Lucia playing the drums with the bow.

Next up, was the reason I came to the show, Moon Letters. I met with Michael Trew and some of the other band members before the show and congratulated them on their recent invitation to the Rights of Spring Festival, next year in Sarasota. An invitation to RosFest is quiet an honor for any band, but particularly hard to receive for a band in the Seattle area.

Moon Letters did not disappoint. Michael’s use of the sword, reminded me of the sword used in the legendary Led Zeppelin movie, The Song Remains the Same. When he brought out the flute and played my favorite song on the new album, “Sunset of Man” I cheered loudly. The keyboards played by John Allday, were wonderful to hear live. Kelly Mynes, on drums and percussion, almost reminded me of John Bonham. I was actually afraid he would break the drums. A couple of things actually fell off the kit.

Moon Letters did a perfect job of recreating the emotion and feeling of the intimate story behind their album, Until They Feel the Sun. The set was the highlight of the evening, despite the wonderful discovery of Human Ottoman.

Fans of the band, and the progressive rock fans that will gather in Sarasota next year will be treated to a concert delivered by consummate professionals. I cannot wait until their next album; which I have heard they are already working on.

Moon Letters’ set included the following songs: “Those Dark Eyes”, “Sea Battle”, “The Tarnalin”, “The Red Knight”, “Sunset of Man”, “The Green Lady”, “Beware the Finman” and “Gypsy”, a Deep Purple cover.

Moon Letters:

https://www.moonletters.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MoonLettersBand/

https://moonletters.bandcamp.com/

Human Ottoman:

https://www.humanottoman.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HumanOttoman/

https://humanottoman.bandcamp.com/

Peter Daniel and Funk Jazz:

http://45thstbrass.com/

Time for Pink Floyd & Hamadryad to Perform in Quebec

Hamadryad and the Time for Pink Floyd tribute band are set to perform  on August 24, 2019 at Centre d’Art La Petite Église in Saint-Eustache, Quebec.

The Time for Pink Floyd tribute band is characterized mostly by its vocal and musical fidelity, offering a show worthy of the famous British band. With 7 musicians on stage, TFPF will perform the best classics from Pink Floyd.

(Doors open at 7pm)

Tickets available at:
(450) 974-2787
Centre d’Art La Petite Églisehttps://www.lapetiteeglise.com/programmation/hamadryad-time-pink-floyd, (275, rue Saint-Eustache, Saint-Eustache, Qc J7R 2L9

or through Ticketpro

Progday Adds Mike Keneally with Andy West, Farmhouse Odyssey and Marbin to 2019 Lineup

The 25th edition of progressive rock festival ProgDay has announced the main stage performances by Zappaesque guitarist Mike Keneally with Andy West (The Dixie Dregs), rising California progressive rock band Farmhouse Odyssey, and a Thursday night preshow by Israeli fusion band Marbin.

Farmhouse Odyssey

Other previously announced acts include Us, Today, a band that combines jazz, post-rock and electronic music; acclaimed Italian band Accordo Dei Contrari; the American masters of progressive symphonic rock IZZ; and Mörglbl.

ProgDay has partnered with Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder of Zeitgeist Media Production to present a free screening of the feature film documentary, Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 1).  Part 1 covers the music and history of Can, Faust, Harmonia, NEU!, Cluster, Damo Suzuki’s Network, and more. The screening will take place on Saturday, August 31, 9:00 pm at Hotel Comfort Inn University Durham.

Progday will take place Saturday, August 31st, and Sunday, September 1st, 2019.at Storybook Farm, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

headline photo: Mike Keneally by Tom Porta

More about Progday: www.progday.net

Carl Palmer Announces Prog-Rock Camp in Philadelphia

Groundbreaking British rock drummer Carl Palmer has announced a Prog-Rock Camp to be held November 8-10, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carl Palmer was a founding member of the legendary progressive rock band Emerson Lake & Palmer. 

The event is envisioned as a musical learning experience for drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and vocalists called Carl Palmer’s Prog-Rock Camp. The instructors include  Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy and very special guests: guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (former Guns N Roses; Sons Of Apollo) and Derek Sherinian (former Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Sons Of Apollo).

The camp will run for 3 days in Philadelphia. Registration is now open and is on a first, come first served basis. A sell out will be 100 registrants.

“This camp will be a special dream come true for me,” says Carl Palmer, who has spent many years as an educator and demonstrator of advanced percussion. “It is not designed to be a ‘fantasy’ event, but rather, a complete three day educational adventure for those who really want to improve and advance their musical craft. Of course, fans who want to take in the experience, are welcomed, as well.  This is a chance to sit one on one with some of the contemporary musical greats and learn.”

Carl Palmer

The Camp will begin on Friday, November 8th and will include three days of events. Among the highlights: Master Classes with Carl Palmer, guitarists Paul Bielatowicz and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, bassist  Simon Fitzpatrick, and keyboardist Derek Sherinian; An informative Q&A with Carl Palmer, his band, and the special guests; a complete Saturday evening concert with Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy featuring the greatest music of Emerson Lake &  Palmer; the world premiere of a never-before-seen complete concert film: ELP Live In South America 1997; performances by bands assembled  from the attending campers; plus seminars on artist management & booking; a seminar by a renowned life coach; new music technology displays; a Palmer Art Event and much more!

The cost to attend Carl Palmer Prog Rock Camp is $1,399 and includes all events, classes, concert, meals, parking, and hotel lodging.  A deposit is required at registration, which will cap at 100 campers.

November 8th – 10th, 2019 • 2300 Arena • Philadelphia, PA

carlpalmer.com/ProgRockCamp/ProgRockCamp-Main.php

GroundUp Music Festival 2019


The GroundUp Music Festival

The GroundUp Music Festival will take place this weekend, February 8-10, 2019 at the North Beach Bandshell. Snarky Puppy will play all three nights, and music fans will also get a chance to see Andrew Bird, David Crosby, Tank & the Bangas, Richard Bona, Lalah Hathaway, and many more.

Snarky Puppy’s discography includes Live at Uncommon Ground (2005), The Only Constant (2006), The World Is Getting Smaller (2007), Bring Us the Bright (2008), Tell Your Friends (2010), groundUP (2012), Amkeni with Bukuru Celestin (2013), Family Dinner – Volume 1 (2013), We Like It Here (2014), Sylva with Metropole Orkest (2015), Family Dinner – Volume 2 (2016) and Culcha Vulcha (2016).

Click here for more details and a link to buy tickets. The North Beach Bandshell is located at 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141.

Prog’Sud Reveals 2018 Lineup

French progressive rock festival Prog’Sud has announced the lineup for the 2018 edition of the festival. The festival will take place May 10-12 at Jas’rod in Les Pennes-Mirabeau, in southern France, not from Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence.

Thursday, May 10
Telescope Road (France)
Godsticks (Wales)
Lazuli (France)

Friday, May 11
Giorgio “Fico” Piazza Band ex PFM (Italy)
Aerostation (Italy)
The Watch (Italy)

Saturday, May 12
Ex’odd (France)
Blank Manuskript (Austria)
Franck Carducci (France)

Jas’rod
1506 Avenue du Capitaine de corvette Paul Brutus
13170 Les Pennes-Mirabeau
Tèl : 04 91 51 87 46

More at http://www.progsudfestival.fr

headline photo: Aerostation

Supergroup The Sea Within to Perform at Night Of The Prog 2018

New progressive rock supergroup is scheduled to perform at Night of the Prog on July 14, 2018. The Sea Within includes acclaimed guitarist Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, The Tangent), Tom Brislin (Renaissance, Yes Symphonic, Deborah Harry) and Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, UK, Joe Satriani).
The Sea Within is currently recording its debut album.

Night of the Prog Festival will take place from July 13-15, 2018 on the festival grounds of the Loreley Amphitheater in St. Goarshausen, Germany.

More details at www.nightoftheprogfestival.com

Tickets are available from: www.wiv-ticket-shop.com

headline photo: The Sea Within

Tiger Moth Tales to Perform at Night of the Prog Festival 2018

British progressive rock band Tiger Moth Tales is set to perform at Night of the Prog Festival on July 15th, 2018.

Tiger Moth Tales is an English progressive rock solo project from multi-instrumentalist Pete Jones. The group has Genesis, Big Big Train and Frost* influences. The debut album is titled “Cocoon.”

 

Tiger Moth Tales – Cocoon

 

Night of the Prog Festival will take place from July 13-15, 2018 on the festival grounds of the Loreley Amphitheater in St. Goarshausen, Germany.

More details at www.nightoftheprogfestival.com

Tickets are available from: www.wiv-ticket-shop.com

Steve Hackett to Perform Genesis Revisited, Solo Gems & GTR in Tarrytown in 2018

Steve Hackett

Acclaimed progressive rock guitarist Steve Hackett is set to perform February 18, 2018 at Tarrytown Music Hall in New York. The concert is part of the Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited, Solo Gems & GTR 2018 Tour De Force.

Steve Hackett was lead guitarist with progressive rock-era Genesis as part of their classic line up with Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. With Genesis, Hackett recorded progressive rock classics: Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972), Genesis Live (1973), Selling England by the Pound (1973), The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974), A Trick of the Tail (1976), and Wind & Wuthering (1976).

Hackett’s solo recordings include prog rock, jazz, world music and blues influences. Essential solo albums include Voyage of the Acolyte (1975), Please Don’t Touch (1978), Spectral Mornings (1979), Beyond the Shrouded Horizon (2011), Genesis Revisited II (2012), and The Night Siren (2017).

Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited

Sunday, February 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY

YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman to Perform in Miami

Progressive rock band YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman is set to perform on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

YES was co-founded by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968 and went on to sell millions of albums with classic prog rock releases such as Fragile, Close to The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, and Going For The One and the commercial radio friendly pop-rock recording 90125, as well as embarking on several record-breaking world tours.

The touring band line-up is completed by two remarkable musicians – Lee Pomeroy on bass and Louis Molino III on drums.

The trio will be recording new material throughout the summer for a projected album release in early 2018.