When we started Seaprog back in 2013, the festival was very much an unknown quantity, and it could have easily ended up a big failure. The founders had a vision that seemed like it would be a good thing, but no one knew if that would work out. That first year, some brave music lovers took the plunge and became part of a family.
Our photographer, Danette Davis, came up with the idea of a group picture with people who have attended all of the editions of Seaprog. This is the result.
Some of those present (we didn’t get all the names) are Peter Comley, Kurt Ahrensfeld, Jack Pollack, Mike Pollack, DB Wood, Michael Trew, Clark Battle, Steven Kiner, Helaine Burch, Debi Byrd, Ken Sorensen, John Hagelbarger, Dave McClelland, Joe Fischer, Dennis Rea, and Jon Davis.
Conceived as a destination event rather than just another gig, Seaprog invites music lovers to spend a weekend enjoying stimulating and intelligent music and visiting the many fine restaurants, bars, and shops in Columbia City.
One great thing about the Columbia City Theater is that it has a front room that not only serves food and drink, but can host musical performances as well. We'll be taking advantage of this fact by presenting some solo/duo acts there between sets on the mainstage. Wouldn't want you to get bored!
We all had a great time at this year’s festival, with so much excellent music and friendly camaraderie that we can’t help wanting to remember it forever. To help out a little with that task, we’ve got a spectacular set of pictures from our official photographer, Danette Davis.
And if you didn’t make it to Seattle for our event, you can get an idea of what you missed… and start planning for next year!
6 July, 2019
Apparently Seaprog is moving up in the world. We've got a small article in the current issue of Prog Magazine that features an interview with one of the founders. (And since it's Jon writing this post, he's enjoying the chance to refer to himself in the third person.) Thanks to Prog for contacting us!
12 June, 2019
We are still levitating after what was by every measure the most successful and inspiring Seaprog to date. The level of imaginative musicianship was off the charts, but the warmly receptive audience was equally responsible for the fantastic vibe. It feels as though progressive musicians and enthusiasts scattered throughout the Pacific Northwest finally have a place to call their own, and the success of this year's edition bodes very well for the future.
Our humble and hearty thanks go to all of the musicians from near and far who graced our event and touched our lives; our cadre of selfless volunteers; our nonprofit sponsor Shunpike and fiscal supporter 4Culture; and to the nonpareil Columbia City Theater staff for providing such a welcoming space. We love you all!
Among many deserving of thanks are: Trettioåriga Kriget, The Sheen, Bill Horist, Beth Fleenor, Samantha Boshnack, Julie Slick, Marco Machera, Tobi Stone, Alessandro Inolti, Alina To, Dust Mice, Yesod, Michael Trew, Dave Webb, Michael Murphy, Kelly Mynes, John Allday, Markus Reuter, Trey Gunn, Dani Rabin, Danny Markovitch Slor, John Nadel, Everette Benton Jr., Farmhouse Odyssey, Aaron Laughlin, Alex Espe, Alex Pepe, Ian Taylor, Thatcher Holvick-Norton, Brenden Z. Smith, Jennifer Smith, Ravenna String Quartet, District 97, Jonathan Schang, Jim Tashjian, Leslie Hunt, Andrew Lawrence, Tim Seisser, Columbia City Theater, Danette Davis, Gary Mula, D.B. Wood, Robert Bristow-Johnson, Alicia Rinehart, Charles Rowan, Eveline Mueller, Daniel Anthony Zongrone, Eric Amrine, Debi Byrd, Helaine Burch, Jennifer Fisher, Gillian Fisher... And everyone who bought tickets or donated!
11 June, 2019