Three days of peace and Prog

Progstock will take place at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, Oct. 13-15.

Progressive-rock (also known as prog) may have peaked in the ’70s, when bands such as Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake & Palmer were releasing groundbreaking albums and filling large venues around the world. But it continues to attract new devotees, with each generation.

Consider this: Eighteen acts are booked for the ProgStock festival that will take place at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, Oct. 13-15. And each one of them entered the scene in the ’90s or later.

“Prog never went away, it just went underground,” said ProgStock promoter Thomas Palmieri, in a press release. “There are thousands of wonderful bands out there.”

The festival will have a strong international flavor, with artists hailing from Sweden, Chile and England, as well as various regions of the United States. Some of the biggest names include Glass Hammer (which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year), Karmakanic, The Tangent and Francis Dunnery.

Partners in presenting the festival include the House of Prog internet radio station, and the NJ Proghouse concert series.

For more information, and to order tickets, visit progstock.com.

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