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Sep 7

OhioProg 2012 | Ohio's Premiere Progressive Rock Festival

Featuring Nightingale, After the Fall and 13 more artists at Canton Palace Theatre


Friday 7 September 2012Sunday 9 September 2012


Canton Palace Theatre
605 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio, 44702, United States

Tel: 330-454-8172


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OhioProg 2012 | Ohio's Premiere Progressive Rock Festival
September 7th, 8th & 9th of 2012
Canton Palace Theatre | Canton, Ohio


Friday, September 7, 2012 | "A Tribute to the Classics" Pre-Show

Script for a Jester's Tour...plays Marillion | featuring original Marillion Mick Pointer and Nick Barrett of Pendragon | UK

Gende's Giant... plays Gentle Giant | This Illinois group, led by Mike Gende, come together to perform the complex, intricate and classic music of Gentle Giant | USA

Going for the One... plays Yes | nationally recognized and loved for their spot-on performances of classic Yes tunes | USA

Saturday, September 8, 2012 | "Main Event" Day One
Sunday, September 9, 2012 | "Main Event" Day Two

FM | Cameron Hawkins reforms his Canadian progressive rock group to perform as day one headliner at OhioProg 2012 | Canada

Nightingale | legendary musician/producer Dan Swanö and his brother Dag Swanö bring their progressive rock group back to the States for only the second time from Sweden | Sweden

Glass Hammer | the band just released their 14th album entited Cor Cordium and will celebrate their 20th anniversary next year with a performance at OhioProg 2012 | USA

Arena | John Jowitt returns to the veteran progressive rock act and have a new album out at the end of 2011 | UK

Cryptic Vision | hailing from Florida, a new release is due out late 2011/early 2012, their third album completes a trilogy that started with their 2003 release Moments of Clarity | USA

After the Fall | upon being invited to perform at OhioProg 2012, this Connecticut prog act, which formed in the 80's, regrouped for the fest | USA

RC2 | this Barcelona band has roots here in the States but this will be their first ever performance in the US | Spain

Kinetic Element | formed in 2006, the band released their debut album Powered by Light in 2009 and are based out of Virginia | USA

Persephone's Dream | this Pittsburgh band with a 20 year history, mark their first Ohio performance at the festival. Hard to believe considering their impressive resume, and they reside right next to Ohio | USA

Orphan Project | from Maryland, this progressive rock act draw influences from Kansas, Yes, Peter Gabriel, Dream Theater and U2 | USA

Saturday, September 8, 2012 | "After-Party"

Dag Swanö | a rare and exclusive solo set from the Nightingale guitarist and solo musician | Sweden

Gravity | Northeast Ohio's own award winning progressive rock act performs as part of the OhioProg 2012 "After-Party" | USA

tickets available starting from November 4, 2011 to January 2, 2012 through the OhioProg 2012 "Pledge Your Ticket" program via Kickstarter.


OhioProg is set to take place over three days, September 7, 8 & 9 of 2012 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. 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 featuring eleven bands spanning five countries.

OhioProg 2012 has turned to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to help gather funding for the festival to help ensure its sucess. By pledging at various tiers you can secure a ticket of your choice to either the Pre-Show or Main Event, or both. Several packages are available for consideration to help reach the funding goal. Fan Member Packages are for those who may not be able to attend but in general are fans and want to pledge their support. Audience Memeber Packages are for those audience members looking to secure a regular seat ticket. Patron Member Packages are available for those who wish to have first choice of seats and include special patron status for the festival. The Founding Member Packages were created with the super-fan in mind. A number of specialized rewards have been included for specialized pledges.

Pledging levels and ticket packages can be viewed at www.ohioprog.com/tickets and tickets along with the packages will become exclusively available starting November 4th through the "Pledge Your Ticket" program via the Kickstarter page. The campaign ends January 2, 2012. The festival has adopted Kickstarter’s project criteria so that if funding goals are not met, the festival will be cancelled and pledge funds will not be processed. Pledges will only be processed if, and only if the funding goal is met. 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. "

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 Cleveland, Akron and Columbus, Ohio.

Fans traveling from abroad will be happy to see several host hotels to choose from, including the McKinley Grand Hotel, OhioProg 2012’s main host hotel. The hotel is located just 4 blocks from the venue and is within 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 options downtown and both are located inside the hotel for guests’ convenience. Rooms are expected to fill up fast, and guest are encouraged to make reservations early by calling locally and asking for the OhioProg 2012 group rate. A list of additional area hotels, including additional host hotels with group rates, can be found on the OhioProg website.

More information on the festival and the “Pledge Your Ticket” program can be found on the OhioProg website. The latest updates on can also be found on the Facebook page, or by following on Twitter.



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