The dates are set — Seaprog will happen again on the first weekend of June, 2018. We're working on getting some artists lined up and will make announcements as soon as details are nailed down.
Four weekends of amazing music over the course of the last five years presents the promise of more great things to come. Thanks to all who have supported us, especially those who have attended multiple times.
And once again, heartfelt thanks to the management and staff at both the Columbia City Theater and the Royal Room, all of the artists who graced us with their performances, and the volunteers who made it work.
Stay tuned for more details!
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! In 2013, we presented sets from Amy Denio, Bill Horist, and Austenitic. 2014 brought us The Pornadoes, Jim Bartz, and more.
Seaprog is pleased to announce the first confirmations for the 2018 lineup, which is shaping up to be the best yet, with a set of headliners sure to thrill and amaze: Cheer-Accident, Free Salamander Exhibit, and Bubblemath. In addition, we’ve lined up a wide variety of artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia to provide proof that the Northwest is a home for creative music of all stripes.
Cheer-Accident (Chicago) has been one of the most prominent American bands in avant rock for more than a decade, with roots in such pioneers as Henry Cow but a disarming sense of melody and a modern anything-goes attitude. Carrying on the legacy of the mighty Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Free Salamander Exhibit (Oakland) is a giant among genre-bending bands, straddling avant-metal, free jazz, modern Classical and more in their unique performances. And while Bubblemath (Minneapolis) has not been the most prolific of bands, with only two albums in 17 years, but those albums stand firmly among the best American progressive releases, bringing together tightly-arranged complexity and ambitious reach with a winking sense of humor. Since their 2014 appearance, The Mercury Tree (Portland) has been honing their style of adventurous rock music and bringing in microtonal sounds to create something truly unique, so we’re happy to give them an encore appearance on our stage. Faun Fables is based in the Bay Area, but they occupy a realm far from the mundane world we live in. The duo presents a modern version of acid folk infused with a deep artistic sensibility that’s won them fans around the world. Seattle’s own Clearly Beloved is a band with a vision involving violins, unpredictable songs, and baking bread. We’re excited to be presenting our first Vancouver band, Marching Mind, to represent that city’s rich cultural scene with a sound that combines classic prog and edgy 90s rock. Moraine played the very first Seaprog in 2013, but a lot has changed since then, with new personnel and new material, so they’re due a return engagement. Other Northwest area artists we’ve enlisted include Cantrip, Ocelot Omelet, and Himiko Cloud.
There are more contracts outstanding for other exciting artists, along with a yet-to-be-nailed-down project featuring members of the Seattle Guitar Circle, so make sure to keep paying attention. Ticket sales will be starting soon — look for an announcement in the next few days.
And finally... Seaprog is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike, and donations are tax deductible and eligible for employer-matching funds where available. Please consider helping creative music flourish by contributing to the cause. Ticket sales alone have never covered the costs of putting on the festival, and every little bit helps. Donate here.
28 February, 2018
Seaprog began in 2013 as the love child of three local music lovers (Dennis Rea, John Reagan, and Jon Davis) who formed The Central Committee. This triumvirate has taken on the bulk of the planning, logistics, and finances to make the festival something for everyone to enjoy. Over the last year or so, it's become increasingly apparent that the job is too large to be handled effectively by such a small group, so we're happy (and relieved) to announce the expansion of the Committee to include three new members. For those who have attended our events, these names will not be unknown.
Please welcome Joe Fischer, Dave McLelland, and Tom Prather to the circle of fools involved in this quixotic endeavor. We're looking forward to taking advantage of their generosity - strike that. We're looking forward to their help and fresh energy to make the 2018 festival the best yet. Like the founders, they are all local musicians dedicated to bringing creative sounds to the Northwest and shining a light into some neglected corners of the world of music.
6 September, 2017
After a lot of hard work and hard decisions, the 2017 Hall of Memories is now online. We've got photos of every performer captured by our official photographer, Danette Davis. For those who attended, check them out and refresh you memory about how wonderful it was. If you weren't there, see what you missed, and start making plans go come next year.
If you're one of the musicians who played, feel free to contact Danette about getting rights to use her pictures of your performance. Respect her work as a fellow artist, and get permission. Her terms are reasonable. We think you'll all agree that the photos are outstanding — getting better every year.
24 June, 2017