Ohio’s premiere progressive rock
festival, OhioProg, announces its inaugural year. OhioProg 2012 is set to take place over three days, September 7, 8 & 9 of 2012 in Canton, Ohio 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.
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
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 their second ever appearance. They first played 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”. 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.
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 November 4, 2011 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 even non-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 January 2, 2012. Pledges will only be processed on January 3rd 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 full schedule 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
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.http://www.facebook.com/ohioproghttp://www.twitter.com/ohioprog
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 main host hotel. The hotel is located just 4 blocks from the venue and is within walking distance to the OhioProg festivities. 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.
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.