Jonathan G. Smith — Vocals, guitars, woodwinds, percussion, dulcimer, mandolin, banjo
Bubblemath was formed in the 90s in Minneapolis, and their first album, Such Fine Particles of the Universe, took the prog world by surprise in 2001, presenting a unique and complex twist on what was understood as progressive rock. They combined grand compositions with quirky humor and precise execution into a style unlike anything heard before. Their second album didn’t appear until more than a decade later, but there was no drop in quality, and Edit Peptide made many critics’ lists for the best albums of 2017.
Cantrip is a Seattle trio formed by guitarist Simon Henneman, whose band Northern Cantrips performed at our 2015 festival. With an explosive cross-pollination between jazz and rock, they will do their best to rid you of any socks you might be wearing.
Jeff Libersher — Guitar, vocals, trumpet, keyboards
Amelie Morgan — Keyboards, vocals, oboe
Thymme Jones — Drums, vocals, piano, trumpet, noise
Hailing from the singularly vibrant musical hotbed known as Chicago, Cheer-Accident has been a creative, vital force in rock music for over 20 years. They constantly strive to surprise their audiences and themselves through relentless reinvention. From dreamy pop to angular art-rock, Cheer-Accident strikes a powerful balance between personalized and unique studio wizardry and the visceral excitement of a well-honed, explosive live rock band. Presenting itself in various configurations, the band’s core personnel is frequently augmented by some of Chicago’s finest musicians.
Clearly Beloved is a gathering of five musicians, friends and storytellers. They write and orchestrate songs about fishermen; homesteaders; the feeling you get the moment before a shark attack; the flight of a carrier pigeon. Having at their disposal guitar, drums, bass, violins, marimbas, vocals, hand bells, toy piano, viola and glockenspiel, they are not opposed to using anvil and hammer, when the song calls for it. Nor are they opposed to dancing a tango with large paper mache dolls when required. They have not written about heartbreak, but do have songs about baking bread.
Faun Fables began in 1998 as a collaboration between singer and songwriter Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Together, the duo has delved into a unique pan-cultural realm of magic and emotion, unbounded by the conventions of any genre or style.
Free Salamander Exhibit is a band based in Oakland, California, that much is not in dispute. Pretty much everything else is opinion and conjecture, including such propositions as the contention that FSE is the next phase in the evolution of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, being a new configuration of former members of that legendary band. Another contention is the description of their music as progressive rock, which is supported by the sometimes heavy sounds, but belied by the wide range of other sounds presented, many of which do not resemble rock at all. Another contention is that they are one of the most creative and consistently interesting bands in the world today.
Himiko Cloud was formed in a small town in Central Washington called Cashmere. They use loops, polyrhythms, heavy effects, and time signature changes to create a lush form of instrumental progressive music. Originally a duo, Kyle Folden (guitar) and Jake Henson (drums) have played shows around the Northwest together under this name for three years. With the addition of bassist Connor McKay in the fall of 2017, they are ready to take on the world.
Inner Ear Brigade (IEB) is an ensemble of musicians based in the San Francisco Bay Area who play a unique mix of progressive rock, jazz, and experimental pop, all delivered through their originally detailed compositions and arrangements. They recently released their 2nd full length album Dromology. The music is “fun, happy, accessible, and proggy.” Steeped with a vintage analog sensibility, effects processing, and synthesizers, IEB crafts their sounds from “RIO elements (Rock In Opposition), Canterbury (Sound), and Zappa.”
Marching Mind came together in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2008, with members from all over Canada. Their goal is to bring together a variety of styles that aren’t generally heard together, including progressive and grunge rock.
Moraine has been Seattle's primary exponent of adventurous music that draws from many genres. This shape-shifting instrumental quintet has built a reputation as one of the most electrifying and original instrumental rock bands anywhere, winning over listeners around the globe with its unique amalgam of art rock, forward-thinking jazz, Asian-inspired music, and more.
With new drummer Brian Oppel, Moraine is stronger than ever, building on their considerable past for an even more powerful sound in the future.
Not for the faint of heart, Seattle’s Ocelot Omelet ventures into the depths of rock music where psychedelic echoes meet subterranean deities in dark rituals involving sound, vision, and emotion. The phrase “pseudo-retro tele-gothic psycho-hippie filth-punk” has been used, and it is as accurate as it is confusing. Moments of torrential pummeling are balanced by periods of calm serenity.
Spontaneous Rex is an experimental jazz and avant-rock band based in Seattle. The band focuses on originals and covers that range from modern jazz to fusion; from electronic music to progressive rock, creating their own signature style. They present seriously good music with a sense of humor and a wink at the history of pretentiousness progressive rock is known for. They wowed the audience at Seaprog 2014, and they’ve got some new material that should repeat that outcome.
A lot has changed with The Mercury Tree since they played Seaprog 2014. They’ve released an album called Permutations, toured extensively around North America, and morphed into a marvelously cohesive trio. They’ve also been exploring the world of microtonal tuning, utilizing custom instruments built for 17 notes per octave. And they’ve done it without losing sight of what it means to write good tunes.
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