ProgPower USA 2018 Review – Introduction

poster-ppusaxix-4-655x441Warning, this review will contain a fair amount of bands that are not prog and don’t fit that label at all. I’ll include a skip feature if you want to skip the non-prog sections. 😁
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So, here I am coming down off of a high of one hell of a week. This was my fourth year at ProgPower USA, but my first year as a sponsor (for days 3 & 4. I was a regular attendee for days 1 and 2). And holy crap, was it so worth it. More about that later.
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For those not familiar, Progpower USA is a festival that caters to both those who love their power metal and those who love their progressive rock/metal (more toward the metal). The festival is four days long, broken up into two parts: Days 1 and 2, ran by Nathan and Milton, and days 3 and 4, ran by Glenn Harveston. The days 3 and 4 part are what have been running for almost 20 years with next year’s show being the 20th. Days 1 and 2 are a recent, but fantastic, addition. Since they are really two events, you have to get tickets to days 1 and 2 separately from days 3 and 4. And just to confuse you a little more, days 3 and 4 go on sale before days 1 and 2. Ha!
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The beauty of this festival is that there is something for everyone. If there is a band you don’t care to see, then you can step outside and meet and talk with fellow music fiends from all over the world, or take a little time and grab a bite to eat. The venue provides a couple of options but there are great restaurants nearby.
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Nocturnal Rites

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I’m going to be honest, when I first saw the roster video last year, for the lineup that I just finished seeing, I wasn’t too overwhelmed. At the time, I wasn’t familiar with about half the bands and a fair amount of the rest I was into some but not really chomping at the bit to see. But was I planning on going? Absolutely! Gotta have faith. Each year gives me time to listen to and get familiar with the bands playing the next year and when the schedule is announced for band performance times and signing session times, I can plan accordingly.
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Forgot to mention that one of the great things about this festival is the artist/fan interaction. You don’t have to pay for meet and greets. You may have to wait in line to see someone while another band performs, but you don’t have to pay. I will note that not every artist is guaranteed to do a signing session, but most do. Few are strict about the parameters, like one item to sign or no pictures, with most signing multiple items and putting their arm around you for a pic. For an example this past year: band and fan pics on facebook
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The crew that run the festival are top notch. They have a spacing of 30 minutes between sets, and for the most part meet that every time. So there is almost always someone playing. Any issue that arises, they jump on it and take care of it immediately. Seriously, the crew is top notch!
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Voyager

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Now for the kind of sad news… this ProgPower USA that just finished was number 19. Glenn has said he will carry this on to number 25 and then that is it. That is still a ways away with more than a few festivals between now and then. And who knows what could/will happen then. Maybe someone take over? Maybe Days 1 and 2 shift over and be on Friday’s and Saturdays and carry on like the festival USED to be years ago? Too far away to speculate. So for now, we will enjoy the ride!
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