The wheel of time has turned round once more and we’re hard upon Summer. The hands on the clock are difficult to read and overly complex, but that’s OK, it’s ticking in 13/8 time half of the time, the other half, it’s tocking in 7/3. Most people when asked what time it was would throw up their hands in disgust and confusion, then shuffle away mumbling to themselves.
Others, however know, or at least they pretend they know, while quaffing down a micro-brew or 10.
There’s a proggyness in the air. The thunderclouds overhead look surprisingly like floating islands upon which caribou lackadaisically graze. Look over there on Broadway, how did a lamb get downtown and why is it lying down in front of a theater where a passion play is being performed?
It’s time for NEARFest, the North East Art Rock Festival, and I’ll be hitting the road for Bethlehem, PA in just over 12 hours.
The line up this year, with their countries of origin:
- Eddie Jobson, The Ultimate Zero Project (ENG)
- Steve Hackett (ENG)
- Three Friends (ENG)
- The Enid (ENG)
- Iona (ENG)
- Riverside (POL)
- Forgas Band Phenomena (FRA)
- The Pineapple Thief (ENG)
- Astra (USA)
- Moraine (USA)
Damn, it will be good to hear Riverside live again after four years. They played NEARFest 2006. They were awesome then, I’m sure they’re even more awesome now. Then there is Three Friends. Who, you might ask? Start with Gary Green (guitar, vocals) and Malcolm Mortimore (drums) of Gentle Giant, mix in generous amounts of, Roger Carey (bass and vocals, from Liane Carroll’s band), John Donaldson (piano and keyboards), Andy Williams (guitar, collaborator with Carey in the Engine Clutch And Gearbox trio) and Mick Wilson (vocals, from 10cc). The result? All kinds of Gently Giant goodness plus tons of new stuff.
Of course, I’ve been saving up to attack the CD bins at the vendors.
This years prey:
- A Perfect Circle
- Gentle Giant
- Symphony X
- Rocket Scientists
- National Health
- Amon Duul
- Kevin Gilbert
- Three Friends
- Frogg Cafe
- Ayreon – Actual Fantasy
- Aryeon – The Final Experiment
- Guilt Machine
- Ambeon – Fate of a Dreamer
As usual, yes, I know I could pick up some of these at Amazon, but:
- What kind of fun is that?
- Besos has enough money.
- Oh, and… WHAT KIND OF FUN IS THAT?
I’ve gotta pack. Talk to you all in a few days.