The fifth annual Seaprog, the city's only festival dedicated to progressive rock, will take place June 1-3 at Columbia City Theater and the Royal Room. The bad news is, it's going up against Upstream Music Fest & Summit and Todd Rundgren's Utopia reunion. The good news is, Seaprog's lineup is strong and varied, and tickets are reasonably priced—as usual.
This year's bill includes Chicago avant-rock shapeshifters Cheer-Accident, Bay Area freak-folk daemons Faun Fables, Oakland metal-jazz-classical hybridizers Free Salamander Exhibit (featuring four members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), turbulently melodious Oakland ensemble Inner Ear Brigade, madcap brainiac Minneapolis proggers Bubblemath, as well as many acts from the Pacific Northwest (Moraine, Spontaneous Rex, Ocelot Omelet, the Mercury Tree, Marching Mind, Cantrip, Clearly Beloved, Himiko Cloud).
Headed by Moraine guitarist Dennis Rea, Seaprog is now a nonprofit organization run in conjunction with Shunpike. You can obtain tickets here, or, even if you can't make it to the event, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the cause at the same link.