Tag: Nearfest

Ten Best New Music Concerts of 2010.

No one can possibly see every concert of the year so this is really the 10 best concerts that I saw in 2010.  And I saw a lot of shows and some astounding performances.  Here’s the list. John Diliberto’s Ten Best Concerts of 2010 1  Jonsi at Electric Factory, Philadelphia Jonsi gave a performance that…

Last Thoughts & Merit Awards for NEARfest 2010

Another NEARfest is over, and a festival I avoided for its first 6 years because it seemed too retro and nostalgic has become an annual event for me in the last six years.  NEARfest 2010 was one of the best, a great mix of old and new, nostalgic reunions  and edgy directions.  A tip of…

NEARfest 2010 Finale: Eddie Jobson’s Cover Band

A Rock Orchestra playing the music of the Masters or A Glorified Tribute band. I was telling my friend that I thought it would be compelling  if some of these NEARfest bands would occasionally play  cover tunes, paying homage to the masters with modern interpretations.  As they say, be careful what you wish for, because…

NEARfest Day Three: Pineapple Thief Steals the Show.

Surprising sets from a lost elder statesman and a band that should be much bigger, The Enid & The Pineapple Thief. They were only the third act on the bill, but The Pineapple Thief stole the day for me with the most atypical set of  NEARfest 2010. No extended guitar solos, keyboard orchestrations or complex…

The Ghost of Gentle Giant Haunts NEARfest 2010

Three Friends, Iona, Forgas Band Phenomena and Astra Supercharge Saturday’s NEARfest. It was a day of nostalgic memories, faithful recreations, and technical ferocity on the second day of NEARfest 2010 Three Friends is essentially a reconstituted Gentle Giant, the  venerable 70s progressive rock band who played some of the most complex music of the era.…

Nearfest Night One: Steve Hackett & Riverside.

Nearfest 2010 is underway, and it started out spanning generations with a musician who started his career in 1970 and a band who started in 2002 . Riverside is a Polish band that mixes elements of progressive rock, heavy metal and a touch of screamo in a sound that had me floored when they played…

Nearfest 2010 Tix Go On Sale Sat.

Nearfest Tix go in 30 minutes so start your Engines Tickets for Nearfest, the North East Art Rock Festival, go on-sale this Saturday 3/20/2010.  Taking place June 18-20 in Bethlehem, PA, Nearfest this year includes Steve Hackett, Eddie Jobson, Three Friends (Gentle Giant off-shoot), Riverside and a host of prog rockers past, present and future. …

Life On Planet Gong: Echo Location

http://media.blubrry.com/echoespodcast/p/www.xpn.org/podcasts/echoes/echoes20091111.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSGong-The Original Psychedelic Space Gypsies at 40. You can hear an audio version of this blog, with Gong’s music. The voyage of the original Star Trek ended in 1969, but another band of space travelers called Gong launched that year and they’re still wandering the galaxies. Gong is…

NEARfest 09 Part 4-The Rest

NEARFEST 09-The Rest: Oblivion Sun, DFA, Trettioåriga Kriget, Beardfish Echoes‘ John Diliberto wraps up his Nearfest 09 Reviews In what turned out to be a very good Nearfest, I’ve already covered my favorite acts.  You can read about Gong and PFM, Steve Hillage and  Van Der Graaf Generator, and my faves of the festival, Cabeza…