The seeds of the crazy idea of staging a music festival in Seattle were planted by Dennis Rea at Zero-G shows in 2011 and 2012, but it wasn't until John Reagan brought the energy to actually work on it that things started to take shape. The initial idea was to spotlight the great Seattle-area artists creating really interesting music of different kinds, all related in some way to the idea of "progressive rock."
The second installment of Seaprog took place June 20-22, again with the Friday night event at the Royal Room and Saturday and Sunday at the Columbia City Theater. Thanks to some financial assistance from le Conseil des arts et des lettres du QuÃ©bec, the long-running Canadian band Miriodor provided a solid anchor for the festival.
Once again, variety was the theme, with examples from most of the streams of progressive music, including RIO, jazz fusion, space rock, progressive metal, zeuhl, psychedelic, and more. The Northwest was well represented by The Mercury Tree (Portland), Fang Chia (Tacoma), and several bands from Seattle. Corima came up from Los Angeles to fill in the rest of the West Coast.