Sweden’s NIGHTINGALE Confirmed For First-Ever OHIOPROG Festival

NIGHTINGALE — the Swedish band featuring acclaimed musician/producer
Dan Swanö and his brother Dag — has been confirmed for the inaugural installment of the progressive rock festival OhioProg, set to take place September 7-9, 2012 in northeast Ohio (exact location to be announced). An exceptional lineup has been assembled, which includes a Friday pre-show, “A Tribute To The Classics,” and a Saturday and Sunday full-day main event.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


The schedule features the YES cover group GOING FOR THE ONE, and SCRIPT FOR A JESTER’S TOUR, a MARILLION tribute act featuring original MARILLION drummer Mick Pointer and Nick Barrett of PENDRAGON. FM, a regrouping of Cameron Hawkins‘ Canadian progressive rock act, will headline day one of OhioProg 2012. 2011 marks the 35th anniversary of the band’s inception. Headlining day two of OhioProg 2012, Dan Swanö and brother Dag Swanö return from Sweden to bring their progressive rock act NIGHTINGALE back to the U.S. for their second-ever appearance, their first since 2001. Mick Pointer, Clive Nolan, John Jowitt, John Mitchell and Paul Manzi round out the all-star cast of the veteran U.K. progressive rock band that is ARENA. Jowitt returns to ARENA on bass and the band will have a new album under their belt before OhioProg 2012. RC2 from Barcelona will be making their first U.S. appearance at OhioProg 2012. After nearly 20 years together, PERSEPHONE’S DREAM of Pittsburgh will be making their first-ever northeast Ohio appearance at OhioProg 2012, as will Maryland’s ORPHAN PROJECT. Connecticut-based band AFTER THE FALL have regrouped for an OhioProg 2012 appearance. AFTER THE FALL‘s last release, “kNOwleDGE”, came out in 2005. Additionally, hailing from Florida, progressive rock festival veterans CRYPTIC VISION return to the festival circuit with a new album forthcoming, the third album in a trilogy started in 2003 with “Moments of Clarity”. Additional acts will be announced in coming months.

OhioProg 2012 has turned to Kickstarter to help ensure its success by rolling out a “Pledge Your Ticket” program. By pledging at various tiers, you can secure a ticket of your choice to either the pre-show or main event, or both. A number of rewards will be given for specialized pledges, and patron tickets are available for those who wish to have first choice of seats. Pledging begins September 2, 2011 and is a great way to show your support to the progressive rock festival community even if you are unable to attend the festival. Pledges start as low as $1, and even non-attendees can walk away with an OhioProg 2012 program, poster, t-shirt or limited-edition compilation by pledging at the appropriate tier. Pledges will fund all aspects of the festival including all operational, marketing, and transportation costs. “Pledge Your Ticket” funding goals must be reached by the end of the day on November 30, 2011. Pledges will only be processed on November 30 if the festival reaches its funding goals. If funding goals are not met, the festival will be cancelled and pledge funds will not be processed.

For more information, visit www.ohioprog.com.