The ProgDay Preshow at LOCAL 506 in Chapel Hill on Friday night, September 2, features the performances of three great bands:
• FREAK KITCHEN (Sweden): Join the acclaimed progressive-metal band and axemaster Mattias "IA" Eklundh as they make their first assault on the US. "...genre defying albums that mix old-school heavy metal, prog-rock, jazz, blues, pop, and every other style under the sun into the mix. There are two things a fan of FK can always depend on...the great and underrated guitar playing of Eklundh, who shows a great mastery of his instrument...(and) the uncharacteristic lyrical approach to FK's lyrics. The songs themselves show hooky melodies and a staccato style of guitar playing that usually leads to an incredible solo. Be prepared for uber catchiness."- Maskofgojira, Don't Count On It Reviews
• THE GALACTIC COWBOY ORCHESTRA (US): Describing themselves as DIXIE DREGS meets RUSH meets MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA...it's jazz-fusion, it's proggresive rock, it's southern rock...okay...it’s really bug-eyed bluegrass from Zeta Reticuli. "GCO need to be heard, to understand just how high the bar for contemporary instrumental music really is in 2011. Fusing together jazz, classical, bluegrass, southern rock, Indian ragas, plus their own original stylings; this quartet...play with fire, precision and commitment. Their brand new release...is simply bursting with individual and collective excellence and is a proper showcase for just how talented this group is." - John Zeigler
• CAMERON ALLEN TRIO (US): Up-and-coming fusion guitarist Cameron Allen and his trio kick off the ProgDay weekend.
The LOCAL 506 is located at 506 West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. You must be at least 18 to attend and a valid ID is required. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Doors open at 7:30pm and showtime is 8pm. For more information visit the Preshow page on the ProgDay website at http://www.progday.net/ProgDay-Preshow.html.
Join MÖRGLBL (France), THE REBEL WHEEL (Canada), UŽ JSME DOMA (Czech Republic), PANZERBALLETT (Germany), QUANTUM FANTAY (Belgium) and FIBONACCI SEQUENCE (US) at this year's ProgDay, the longest running progressive rock festival in the world. ProgDay's 17th edition will take place on Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4 at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information, and to hear music from all of this year's bands, please visit progday at www.progday.net
Two more ProgDay bands to be announced.