Seaprog will be happening on first weekend of June, 2017. As usual, it will kick off with a night at the Royal Room – Friday, June 2. Then we'll have two full days of music at the Columbia City Theater, Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4. The festival will feature the established formula of nationally and internationally known artists and local Northwest performers.
As more information, like artists and times, becomes available, it will be announced here and on Facebook. We're looking forward to another successful event!
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 thrilled to announce the majority of the 2017 lineup! California will be represented by the amazing Jack o’ the Clock, a Bay Area band with a unique sound that has been garnering praise for several years, with their latest album gracing many Best of 2016 lists. And we'll have a Seaprog first with the audio-visual show of Zero Times Everything. This band combines innovative electronics and visual presentations into the kind of performance we've yet to experience on our stage.
But once again, our focus remains on highlighting the talent available in the Northwest, with bands representing Seattle (Omni, Paraeasthesia, Pinto Wagonfire, Moon Letters), Portland (Human Ottoman), and Bellingham (Ibex).
Additional extremely appetizing acts are currently in negotiation and will be announced in due time. Look for periodic artist profiles to come on our Facebook page.
31 January, 2017
In the first of a number of one-off events presented by Seaprog during the off-year before the festival returns in 2017, Seattle instrumental avant-rock stalwarts Moraine return to their favorite local venue in the company of two formidable festival favorites, Nosretep and Super Z Attack Team.
Join us at the Columbia City Theater on Thursday 28 January, 2016. And make sure you RSVP to the event on Facebook while you're at it.
Of course, you'll remember Moraine from their 2013 headlining slot. The other two groups played in the front room (Super Z Attack Team in 2014 and Nosretep in 2015), so they'll get a chance to play the main stage this time.
Our friend Nat Damm has created a beautiful poster for the event, don't you think?
So come join us for an evening of great music, the companionship of fellow musical pilgrims, and even the chance to pick some festival merchandise. You can see further details on the artist pages for their respective years — hint: click on History on the menu at the top.
17 December, 2015
Not long ago we announced our intention to stage a Seaprog 2016, and to carry the event forward into the future for as long as it's realistic to do so. While the Central Committee remains committed to extending Seaprog's run, circumstances have arisen that have led to a decision to skip a year and stage the next Seaprog in 2017 instead. We apologize for the reversal, but please hear us out.
The decision was not made lightly, and is not an indicator of the festival's overall health, which we feel is very robust indeed on an artistic level. The choice arises from two main reasons: First, we've come to realize that soliciting additional funding from a supporting organization is a lengthy process - likely too lengthy to yield material results in time for a summer 2016 event. Second, Seaprog is organized entirely by volunteers who are also musicians with busy lives, and 2016 is shaping up to be extremely busy (in a good way) for all of us. Dennis has been tabbed to co-direct a major music project in Russia in fall 2016 that will consume all of his available time up to then; John's new recording studio is nearing completion, with multiple sessions slated for production; and Jon is busily expanding his musical horizons with his projects Super-Z Attack Team and Zhongyu. Such are the vagaries of all-volunteer undertakings like Seaprog, but based on past success, we're all eager to mount the festival again in 2017, by which time we'll have had time to strengthen its financial footing.
We thank you profusely for your understanding and support, and pledge to be back in 2017 with the same high caliber of progressive music you've come to expect from Seaprog. We'll keep you posted...-Dennis, John, and Jon (the Seaprog Central Committee)
20 November, 2015