CirdecSongs Fantasy ProgFest: Day 2

Now that we’ve had a chance to recuperate, it’s time to head back to the venue for Day Two of the CirdecSongs Fantasy ProgFest. Day One was a lot of fun, and filled with quality music.

If you didn’t read about it, you might want to go back and take a listen before moving forward. The good thing about this festival is that it moves at your own personal pace. So go on back. We’ll be here when you’re finished.

The house lights are going down. It’s time to get on with Day Two. Remember: this is FANTASY. Suspend your disbelief and have some fun!

Opening the show will be Explosions in the Sky. Is it a stretch to call them a progressive rock band? Maybe. But the Texas band’s grip on atmospheric instrumental sounds with spacious arrangements certain has a prog bent to it. I think they establish the mood very nicely.


Next up is one of the most enjoyable bands you never heard of. Members of prog/jam bands Ohm and Umphrey’s McGee joined forces to form Ohmphrey, an amazing group capable of blowing the doors off the room whether they are working on a written piece or just improvising. Their smoldering intensity is tailor-made for our festival.


Now that we’re warmed up, lets really dig in and get things rolling. Coming to the stage is The Pineapple Thief, who will rock our socks off with songs long and short. One thing is certain: we’re all gonna break a sweat by the time this band is done! They are one of my current absolute faves, and I think you’ll see why by the time this tune is finished.


WHEW!!! That should have the juices flowing! Now that our brains are starting to cook, it’s time to kick things up another notch by introducing Mr. Allan Holdsworth, a man with a guitar-playing style and sound all his own. Many have imitated, but none have duplicated the amazing work of this legendary musician.


Speaking of legendary, up next is one of the stalwarts of the progressive rock movement. They really need no introduction. So welcome back my friends, to the show that NEVER ends! Here’s Emerson, Lake & Palmer!!!


Up next is a legendary group from my generation. You can hear where they came from. Better still, you can hear where they’re headed. But I should let the music speak for itself. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Porcupine Tree!


And now, folks, you’re in for a real treat. I present to you one of the major musical influences of my lifetime, performing in its entirety the album that helped to shape who I am as a music fan. I can’t tell you how many versions of this album I wore out, and continue to wear out. So without further ado, I give you Genesis, performing Seconds Out!


Which brings us to the final act of ProgFest, Night Two. Another legendary band that needs no introduction anywhere in the civilized world. I’m just gonna get out of the way, and let them do what they do oh so well. Here’s … Pink Floyd!


And there you have it. Night Two is complete!

Some of you may have noticed that I didn’t really write a whole lot on this particular post. Well, frankly, I didn’t feel like it was necessary. More often than not, the music speaks for itself. So why should I get in the way?

I hope you enjoyed the show. Be sure to come back for the grand finale!


















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