Here are some of the little bits of information you might want to know about Seaprog
Seaprog is conceived and organized by a group we call The Central Committee.The Central Committee
We're three local musicians who are convinced that the rest of the world should know Seattle for more than just heavy rock music.
The seeds of Seaprog go back a couple of years, when Dennis, who is involved with the Zero-G Concerts series, started thinking about a way to highlight all the great creative music found in Seattle. He mentioned his idea to Jon, who thought it sounded like an excellent plan. A bit later, John heard about it, and as a veteran prog festival attendee, he encouraged us to think bigger.
The original plan was a showcase for local Northwest artists presented in a setting more like a concert than the dive bars that are the most common venue for local acts. But as our plans expanded, it became apparent that including a "ringer" or two — nationally known performers — would be the only way to make it happen.
Result? Seaprog's modest beginning as something bigger than we originally intended, but small enough to pull off (we hope!) and not get wiped out financially.
Our original plan was to include only local artists. After two years of Zero-G shows, we'd seen a lot of really good music, and a lot of it fell into a loose category of creative avant-rock. Nearly all of the Northwest artists on the bill have played Zero-G shows.
When we decided to move beyond just the Seattle area, Dennis's extensive connections in the music world were crucial.
Stylistically, we're focused on what is progressive (small p) today, not what was progressive decades ago — there are other festivals for that. It's not that we don't value that music, but it already has exposure and an established fanbase. What's new now excites us, and we want more people to have the chance to hear this wonderful stuff without hanging out in a dingy bar after midnight.
Seaprog is a curated event, hence it reflects the musical preferences of its curators and makes no claim to being stylistically comprehensive. Our focus is on contemporary music that challenges the definition of progressive rock, rather than re-creating the classic progressive sounds of earlier times.
As for a more thorough examination of our thoughts and philosophy, feel free to read the Seaprog Manifesto
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We're playing it by ear — if the current Seaprog comes off reasonably well, we might very well have the energy to do it again next year. There's certainly a lot of good music we haven't been able to fit into the schedule.
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As the festival dates approach, we'll know more about what sort of roles need filling during the shows. Check back to this website and watch for our announcements for opportunities.
Feel free to take as many pictures as you want, just avoid using a flash. Take all the video you want, or even record audio. But whatever you do, please be considerate of those around you, as well as the artists. They paid just as much to be there as you did, and they have a right to enjoy the performances without having their view blocked by someone's camera or tablet.
Also note that some artists may be party to contracts with their labels that frown upon unofficial recordings. We intend to respect those contracts, and expect our attendees to do so as well. We'll make it clear when we know of such situations.
We encourage you to relax and enjoy the show. When you're busy worrying about camera angles and lighting, you're not listening to the music.