Seaprog is pleased to announce the final performers to take the main stage for the 2019 festival: the duo of Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, Northern California prog band Farmhouse Odyssey, Seattle’s own Moon Letters, and The Sheen from Bellingham. In addition, we’ve booked a couple of artists to play the front room of the Columbia City Theater between main stage sets. Space rockers Dust Mice, and spaced-out improv group Yesod will keep you entertained while the changeover happens in the main room.
It seems almost pointless to try to summarize the careers of Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, but here goes… Trey first came to wide attention when he joined King Crimson in the 90s, though by that time he already had an impressive set of releases behind him. In addition to his Crimson efforts, he’s led his own bands, collaborated with a wide array of other musicians, and performed as a solo artist. Markus Reuter has become a one-man music industry in the last decade, touring and recording with Stick Men, Centrozoon, Tuner, the Crimson Projekct, and almost too many guest and production spots to count. He’s also written pieces for chamber orchestra and string quartet. We are beyond thrilled to put these two masters on stage together — it’s bound to be amazing. They’ll also be running clinics while they’re in town.
Farmhouse Odyssey is a young band who have taken advantage of their small-town location to develop their own distinctive take on classic progressive rock, infusing it with modern touches and their own sensibilities. Moon Letters wowed the audience when they played our Day Zero show in 2017, and they’ve continued to build on that base. They’ll take our stage fresh off recording sessions for their debut album. And The Sheen will bring a bit of unpredictable noisy art to Seaprog. This is a band that seems to embrace change, both in personnel and in sound, and we’re looking forward to seeing what they’re up to now.
Seattle’s Dust Mice have been tearing it up among local space rock fans for a few years now, so it’s time we got them on board the Seaprog caravan of stars. Prepare for blast off with these masters of the trippy groove. And speaking of trippy, we’ll be continuing our tradition of variety with the appearance of Yesod. This improvisational group brings together Western and Middle Eastern instruments and sounds in wonderful ways, as can be testified by anyone who’s seen one of their performances.
Check out the Schedule and Artists pages for more details, along with video and audio to check out the ones you’re not familiar with. Weekend passes are on sale, and we’ll be selling single-day tickets soon if you can’t make it for the whole thing. You’ll find purchase options at the Tickets link above.
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 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
We’d just like to remind everyone that Seaprog 2019 is coming up fast. The lineup is set, arrangements are firming up, and we are ready to roll! And check out the beautiful poster that Ron Reed made for us. It’s going to look great on a T-shirt too, so make sure there’s room in your festival budget to pick one up. We’ll also have a limited quantity of the new DVD Romantic Warriors IV: Kraturock Part 1 at our merchandise table.
Advance tickets are selling well, and are still available at the Tickets link above. You’ll also be able to purchase at the door if planning ahead isn’t your thing. One way or the other, don’t miss out on this opportunity to see a whole lot of great music at a reasonable price.
24 May, 2019
Seaprog is proud to partner with Substation to bring you the first of what we hope will be many "Seaprog Presents" events. On Thursday, April 11, we've got three Seaprog veteran bands scheduled to play a show.
Moraine (2013, 2018) is one of the best known progressive bands in the Northwest, and (obviously) no stranger to our stages. But even if you've seen them before, it's worth catching them now. They've got new material, and are fresh off their successful shows opening for the legendary Soft Machine.
Fang Chia (2014) is an eclectic group from Tacoma that combines rock, jazz, electronics, and more into a unique sound all their own. You never know what this band is going to come up with next.
Clearly Beloved (2018) was one of the highlights of last year's festival, with their catchy, clever, artistic take on progressive folk rock. They don't perform very often, so don't miss this chance to catch them on stage.
For quite a few years now, the Substation has been one of Seattle's best venues for live music, presenting a wide range of artists from many genres. Be sure to check out the Facebook event page for more details and to RSVP.
7 April, 2019