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Author Topic: Arena to perform at OhioProg 2012  (Read 2985 times)

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Arena to perform at OhioProg 2012
« on: Sat, 2011-08-20, 07:42:40 »
Spreading the word to Arena fans! Here is information about the festival taken from the two press releases we've put out so far.

Ohio’spremiere progressive rock festival, OhioProg, announces itsinaugural  year. OhioProg is set to take place over three days, September 7, 8  & 9 of 2012. An exceptional line-up has been assembled which includes a Friday pre-show, “A Tribute to the Classics,” and a Saturday & Sunday full-day main event.
The schedule features eleven bands from five countries. The Friday pre-show “A Tribute to the Classics” will include music from Yes   performed by Going for the One and Marillion performed by Script for a Jester’s Tour featuring original Marillion drummer Mick Pointer and Nick Barrett of Pendragon among the ranks. Eight bands will perform over the two-day main event including day one headliners FM, a regrouping of Cameron Hawkins' Canadian progressive rock act, with 2011 being the 35th anniversary of the band’s inception. Headlining day two of OhioProg 2012, legendary musician/producer Dan Swanö and brother Dag Swanö return from Sweden to bring their progressive rock act, Nightingale, back to the US for only their second ever appearance. They first played here in 2001 at ProgPower in Atlanta. Mick Pointer, Clive Nolan, John Jowitt, John Mitchell and Paul Manzi round out the all-star cast of the veteran UK progressive rock band Arena. Jowitt returns to Arena on bass and the band will have a new album under their belt before OhioProg 2012. RC2 from Barcelona will be making their first US appearance at OhioProg 2012. After nearly 20 years together, Persephone’s Dream out of Pittsburgh will be making their first ever northeast Ohio appearance at OhioProg 2012, as will Maryland's Orphan Project. Connecticut based band, After the Fall, have regrouped for an OhioProg 2012 appearance. After the Fall’s last release, “kNOwleDGE,” came out in 2005. Additionally, hailing from Florida, progressive rock festival veterans, Cryptic Vision, return to the festival circuit with a new album forthcoming, the third album in a trilogy started in 2003 with “Moments of Clarity”. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
OhioProg 2012 has turned to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to help ensure its success by rolling out a “Pledge Your Ticket” program. By   pledging at various tiers you can secure a ticket of your choice to either the pre-show or main event, or both. A number of rewards will be   given for specialized pledges, and patron tickets are available for those who wish to have first choice of seats. Pledging begins September 2011 (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATED INFO) and is a great way to show your support to the progressive rock festival community even if you are unable to attend the festival. Pledges start as low as $1, and  evennon-attendees can walk away with an OhioProg 2012 program, poster, t-shirt or limited edition compilation by pledging at the appropriate tier. Pledges will fund all aspects of the festival including all operational, marketing, and transportation costs. The “Pledge Your Ticket” funding goal must be reached by the end of the day on November   30th, 2011 (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATED INFO). Pledges will only be processed on November 30th if the festival reaches its funding goals. The promoters built the festival around the Kickstarter platform so that if the goal is not met, the festival will not happen and  pledges will not be processed. Despite this approach, the promoters  have a fullschedule of bands committed to the event and have laid the groundwork for a very special event. Learn more about the "Pledge Your  Ticket" program by clicking on "Tickets" on the website.
Ohio's premiere progressive rock festival, OhioProg 2012 is thrilled to announce the location for its inaugural year. OhioProg 2012, taking   place September 7th through the 9th of 2012, will be held at the Canton Palace Theatre located at 605 Market Avenue North in Downtown Canton, Ohio. This 1509 seat theatre originally opened in 1926 and each seat provides a glorious view of the stage and scenery.
OhioProg is proud to begin its history in Canton, and feels it will be right at home in the heart of the Downtown Canton Arts District. There   are many great amenities in the area for visitors. Over 30 restaurants, bars and coffee shops within walking distance of the venue. Attendees will find 100 shopping destinations including the Westfield Belden-Village Shopping Mall and many one-of-a-kind shops unique to Canton. There are plenty of attractions, parks and recreational choices, including the McKinley National Monument and The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dedicated sections can be found on the OhioProg website highlighting each of these amenities. Canton is also conveniently located within an hour of the major cities of Akron and Cleveland.
Fans traveling from abroad and will be happy to see several host hotels to choose from, including the McKinley Grand Hotel, OhioProg 2012's  mainhost hotel. The hotel is located just 4 blocks from the venue and iswithin walking distance to the OhioProg festivities. A generous group  rate is being offered by the McKinley Grand Hotel, including garage parking and free shuttle service from the Akron-Canton airport.  Thorpe's  Market Avenue Grill and Thorpe's Pub are among the 30 dining optionsdowntown and both are located inside the hotel for guests'  convenience. Rooms are expected to fill up fast, and guests are encouraged to make reservations early by calling and asking for the  OhioProg 2012 group rate. A list of additional area hotels can be found on the OhioProg website.
Additionally, based on Kickstarter's updated time-frame model, the "Pledge Your Ticket" program has been pushed back to begin November 4, 2011 and the funding goal date has been set to January 2, 2012. Through "Pledge Your Ticket" supporters can pledge at various tiers and secure a ticket of their choice to either the Pre-Show, Main Event or both. A number of rewards will be given for specialized pledges, and patron tickets are available for those who wish to have first choice of seats. This is a great opportunity to help put together a festival for the fans, funded by the fans, and enjoyed by the fans of progressive rock. More information on the "Pledge Your Ticket" program and the festival can be found on the OhioProg website
Latest updates on OhioProg 2012 can also be found on our Facebook page, by following us on Twitter @OhioProg and signing up for the mailing list on the website.
We are also pleased to announce Gende's Giant will complete the inaugural OhioProg line-up. This Illinois group, led by Mike Gende,  come together to perform the complex, intricate and classic music of Gentle Giant. They will perform alongside Going for the One and Script  for a Jester's Tour on Friday, September 7, 2012 as part of the "A Tribute to the Classics" pre-show.
There is plenty more in the works for the festival and we will make those announcements as they come along. We hope to add everything to the plate in time for the start of the "Pledge Your Ticket" program on November 4, 2011.
Thanks for your time everyone!
Take care

Allen Thompson
Operations Director, Co-Founder | OhioProg
host of Somewhere Between Sunrise & Sunset
"your program of progressive rock" on 88.3FM, WBWC