ProgPower USA

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ProgPower USA
Logo for ProgPower USA XV
Location(s) Atlanta, Georgia
Years active 2001 – present
Founded by Glenn Harveston
Date(s) September/October
Genre Progressive metal
Power metal
Website progpowerusa.com

ProgPower USA is a progressive and power metal festival held annually in the United States since 2001.[1] Its most recent edition was held at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia on September 4 – September 7, 2013. ProgPower USA XV is scheduled to take place September 10 – 13, 2014.[2] The festival's band selection process focuses on quality over quantity.[3] In addition to the emphasis on the power and progressive metal genres, the festival has branched out into other genres with the inclusion of the "oddball" slot that doesn't fit the normal motif.[4] ProgPower USA gives bands that have never performed in the States a chance to test the waters so to speak, and it also allows them to interact with fans more than ever.[5] The festival has been described as a cultural experience for fans[6] with autograph signing sessions, guest appearances, reunions, and meet-and-greets.[7] The festival has hosted over 70 bands' USA debuts including Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Nightwish,[8] and Stratovarius.

History[edit]

ProgPower USA began in 2001. The very first festival was February 23–24, 2001, in Lansing, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, at J.J. Kelley's. The subsequent events have been held in Atlanta, Georgia, at Center Stage Atlanta (formerly Earthlink Live).[9]

Festival founder and promoter, Glenn Harveston's notion of ProgPower USA began over dinner among friends after attending the Powermad festival in Baltimore, Maryland.[10] As the festival progressed, the roster scope diversified with the intent of reaching a larger fan base.[11] The brand's international success is based upon an unofficial partnership with ProgPower Europe.[12] The festival overcame early hardship from an attendance perspective due to the tragic events of September 11 at ProgPower II[13] and flourished with multiple sell-outs over the next 13 years.

Lineups[edit]

February 2001[edit]

ProgPower USA I was held at J.J. Kelley's in Lansing, Illinois on February 23–24, 2001.

ProgPower USA I Country of Origin
Onward USA
Etheria USA
Power of Omens USA
Zero Hour USA
Reading Zero USA
Ion Vein USA
Destiny's End USA
Jag Panzer USA
Evergrey Sweden
Pain of Salvation Sweden
Symphony X USA

November 2001[edit]

ProgPower USA II was held at Center Stage (then called Earthlink Live) in Atlanta, Georgia on November 9 & 10, 2001.

ProgPower USA II Country of Origin
Superior Germany
Balance of Power England
Nightingale Sweden
Spiral Architect Norway
Steel Prophet USA
Angel Dust Germany
Ark Norway
Evergrey Sweden
Kamelot USA
Symphony X USA

2002[edit]

ProgPower USA III was held at Center Stage (then called Earthlink Live) in Atlanta, GA on November 15–16, 2002

ProgPower USA III Country of Origin
Zero Hour USA
Silent Force Germany
Edguy Germany
Blind Guardian Germany
Pain of Salvation Sweden
Reading Zero USA
Threshold United Kingdom
The Devin Townsend Band Canada
Gamma Ray Germany
Angra Brazil
Pre-Show Party

The ProgPower USA III Pre-Show Party was held Thursday November 14, 2002 at the The Riviera Club in Atlanta, GA.

Pre-Show Party Country of Origin
Cea Serin USA
Persephone's Dream USA
Magistral USA

2003[edit]

ProgPower USA IV was held on September 5–6, 2003 at Center Stage (then called Earthlink Live) in Atlanta, GA.

ProgPower USA IV Country of Origin
Redemption USA
Mercenary Denmark
Vanden Plas Germany
Nightwish Finland
Symphony X USA
Pagan's Mind Norway
Secret Sphere Italy
Circle II Circle USA
Evergrey Sweden
Rage Germany
Pre-Show Party

The ProgPower USA IV Pre-Show Party was held September 4, 2003 at The Riviera Club in Atlanta, GA

Pre-Show Party Country of Origin
Katagory V USA
Stride USA
Prymary USA

2004[edit]

ProgPower USA V took place on September 17–18, 2004 at Center Stage Atlanta (then called Earthlink Live) in Atlanta, GA.

ProgPower USA V Country of Origin
Into Eternity Canada
Dreamscape Germany
Tad Morose Sweden
Kamelot USA
Weapons of Mass Destruction USA
Adagio France
Wuthering Heights Denmark
Brainstorm Germany
Pain of Salvation Sweden
Edguy Germany
Showcase

The Showcase took place on Thursday September 16, 2004 at the The Eleven50 Club.

Showcase Country of Origin
Prototype USA
Magistral USA
Enertia USA
Halcyon Way USA

2005[edit]

ProgPower USA VI took place on September 16–17, 2005 at Center Stage Atlanta (then called Earthlink Live) in Atlanta, GA.

ProgPower USA VI Country of Origin
Manticora Denmark
Circus Maximus Norway
Orphaned Land Israel
Conception Norway
Angra Brazil
Stride USA
Symphorce Germany
Pink Cream 69 Germany
Therion Sweden
Stratovarius Finland
Showcase

The Showcase took place on Thursday September 15, 2005 at The Loft (above Center Stage) in Atlanta, GA.

Showcase Country of Origin
Dreamscape Germany
D.C. Cooper USA
Outworld USA
Orphaned Land (acoustic set) Israel

2006[edit]

ProgPower USA VII took place on September 15–16, 2006 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.

ProgPower USA VII Country of Origin
Pyramaze Denmark
Savage Circus Germany/Sweden
Freak Kitchen Sweden
Mercenary Denmark
Evergrey Sweden
Zero Hour USA
Vision Divine Italy
Thunderstone Finland
Epica Holland
Jørn Norway
Showcase

The Showcase took place on Thursday September 14, 2006 at The Loft (above Center Stage) in Atlanta, GA.

Showcase Country of Origin
Theocracy USA
Circus Maximus Norway
Leatherwolf USA
Circle II Circle USA

2007[edit]

ProgPower USA VIII took place on October 5–6, 2007 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

ProgPower USA VIII Country of Origin
Raintime Italy
Communic Norway
Virgin Steele USA
Redemption USA
Pagan's Mind Norway
Sonata Arctica Finland
Firewind Greece
Threshold United Kingdom
Primal Fear Germany
After Forever Holland
All Star Jam n/a

The All Star Jam was a collaboration of members of various bands who performed throughout the weekend playing familiar classic metal songs.

Showcase

The Showcase took place on Thursday October 4, 2007 at Center Stage) in Atlanta, GA. From 2007 forward all Showcases (now called the Kick-Off) take place at the main Center Stage theater.

Kick-Off Country of Origin
Halcyon Way USA
Krucible USA
Cellador USA
Freak Kitchen Sweden

2008[edit]

ProgPower USA IX took place on September 26–27, 2008 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

ProgPower USA IX Country of Origin
Pathosray Italy
Elvenking Italy
Andromeda Sweden
Iron Savior Germany
Riverside Poland
Amorphis Finland
Saint Deamon Sweden
Spheric Universe Experience France
Rob Rock USA
Mustasch Sweden
Jon Oliva's Pain USA
Iced Earth USA
Kick-Off

This Kick-Off for this year was billed as the Hellish Rock World Tour as Manticora, Gamma Ray and Helloween were on tour at the time and used the Showcase date as a regular tour stop. This event took place in the main Center Stage theater on Thursday September 25, 2008.

Kick-Off Country of Origin
Manticora Denmark
Gamma Ray Germany
Helloween Germany
Mid-Week Mayhem

The first Mid-Week Mayhem at ProgPower USA was held at The Loft (above Center Stage on Wednesday September 24, 2008 in Atlanta, GA.

Mid-Week Mayhem Country of Origin
Circle II Circle USA
Midnight USA
Eclipsed by Sanity USA

2009[edit]

ProgPower USA X took place on September 11–12, 2009 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

ProgPower USA X Country of Origin
Cage USA
Mindflow Brazil
Diablo Swing Orchestra Sweden
Sabaton Sweden
Royal Hunt Denmark
Crimson Glory USA
Circus Maximus Norway
Orphaned Land Israel
Pagan's Mind Norway
Brainstorm Germany
Fates Warning USA
Kick-Off

The Kick-Off took place on Thursday September 10, 2009 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.

Kick-Off Country of Origin
Future's End USA
Suspyre USA
Enchant USA
Primal Fear Germany

2010[edit]

ProgPower USA XI took place on September 10–11, 2010 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

ProgPower USA XI Country of Origin
Illusion Suite Norway
Stormwarrior Germany
Leaves' Eyes Germany/Norway
Seventh Wonder Sweden
Týr Faroe Islands
Nocturnal Rites Sweden
Kamelot USA
Blackguard Canada
Oceans of Sadness Belgium
DGM Italy
Delain Holland
Tarot Finland
HammerFall Sweden
Kick-Off

The Kick-Off took place on Thursday September 9, 2010 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.

Kick-Off Country of Origin
Six Minute Century USA
Borealis Canada
Leprous Norway
Accept Germany
Mid-Week Mayhem

The Mid-Week Mayhem took place on Wednesday September 8, 2010 at The Loft at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.

Mid-Week Mayhem Country of Origin
Seven Kingdoms USA
Vangough USA
Ross The Boss USA

2011[edit]

ProgPower USA XII took place on September 16–17, 2011 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

ProgPower USA XII Country of Origin
Creation's End USA
Darkwater Sweden
Voyager Australia
Eldritch Italy
Mob Rules Germany
Ihsahn Norway
Sanctuary USA
Haken United Kingdom
While Heaven Wept USA
Red Circuit Germany
Labyrinth Italy
Forbidden USA
Therion Sweden
Kick-Off

The Kick-Off took place on Thursday September 15, 2011 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.

Kick-Off Country of Origin
PowerGlove USA
Vanden Plas Germany
Evergrey Sweden
Mid-Week mayhem

The Mid-Week Mayhem took place on Wednesday September 14, 2010 at The Loft at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.

2012[edit]

ProgPower USA XIII took place on September 14–15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

ProgPower USA XIII Country of Origin
Sinbreed Germany
Kingcrow Italy
Amaranthe Sweden
Serenity Austria
Primordial Ireland
Redemption USA
Epica Holland
Beyond the Bridge Germany
Lanfear Germany
Solution .45 Sweden
Mystic Prophecy Germany
MaYaN Holland
Pretty Maids Denmark
Symphony X USA

Instead of a Kick-Off and Mid-Week Mayhem, Nightwish and Kamelot performed Wednesday and Thursday night before the festival, September 12–13, 2012.

2013[edit]

ProgPower USA XIV took place on September 6–7, 2013 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

ProgPower USA XIV County of Origin
Damnation Angels United Kingdom
Myrath Tunisia
Xandria Germany
Wolverine Sweden
Ashes of Ares USA
Soilwork Sweden
Shadow Gallery USA
Divinity Compromised USA
Heaven's Cry Canada
Wolf Sweden
Circus Maximus Norway
Armored Saint USA
Sabaton Sweden
Kick-Off

The Kick-Off took place on Thursday September 5, 2013 at Center Stage) in Atlanta, GA.

Kick-Off Country of Origin
In The Silence USA
Circle II Circle USA
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Italy
Mid-week Mayhem

The Mid-Week Mayhem took place on Wednesday September 4, 2013 at The Loft at Center Stage) in Atlanta, GA.

Mid-Week Mayhem Country of Origin
Morglbl France
Mindcrime (a Queenrsyche Tribute) USA

2014[edit]

ProgPower USA XV is scheduled to take place on September 12–13, 2014 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. (As announced at ProgPower USA XIV)

ProgPower XV Country of Origin
Need Greece
Orden Ogan Germany
Leprous Norway
Overkill USA
Seventh Wonder (playing Mercy Falls in its entirety) Sweden
Stratovarius Finland
Withem Norway
Divided Multitude Norway
Voodoo Circle Germany
Masterplan Germany
Pain of Salvation (playing Remedy Lane in its entirety) Sweden
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing Savatage's Streets: A Rock Opera in its entirety) USA
Kick-Off

The Kick-Off is scheduled to take place on Thursday September 11, 2014 at Center Stage) in Atlanta, GA.

Kick-Off Country of Origin
Draekon USA
DGM Italy
Pagan's Mind (playing Celestial Entrance in its entirety) Norway
Mid-Week Mayhem

The Mid-Week Mayhem is scheduled to take place on Wednesday September 10, 2014.

Mid-Week Mayhem Country of Origin
Theocracy USA
Vangough USA
Pain of Salvation (This set is expected to be different than Saturday night's set) Sweden

References[edit]

  1. ^ EvilG. "Heart of Steel: Interviews Glenn Harveston Organizer of ProgPower USA". Metal-Rules. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "ProgPower USA XV Roster Announcemenmt". Vimeo. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Gromen, Mark (February 2007). "Onstage ProgPower VII". Metal Maniacs. 
  4. ^ Wagner, Jeff (2010). Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points Books. p. 331. ISBN 0979616336. 
  5. ^ Devani, Sarjoo (2006). "ProgPower USA VII". Explicitly Intense. 
  6. ^ Hicks, Taylor (December 2012). "ProgPower USA". Rock N Roll Magazine. 
  7. ^ Popke, Michael (Spring 2005). "A Progressively Metallic Power Play: ProgPower USA V Unfolds with Plenty of Surprises and Establishes itself as one of the World's Elite Music Festivals". Progression Magazine. 
  8. ^ Ollila, Mape (2007). Once Upon a Nightwish: The Official Biography 1996 – 2006. Torpinkyla, Finland: Deggael Communications. p. 191. ISBN 9789529974924. 
  9. ^ Murphy, Bill. "Glenn Harveston: "I Think I Have Reached An Elite Level With This Festival". Dark Rhapsody. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Mendonca, Milton. "Milton Mendonca's audio interview with ProgPower USA promoter, Glenn Harveston PART 1". YouTube. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Reesman, Bryan. "A Ride With Dream Theater's John Petrucci". Grammy.com. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  12. ^ De Campos, Vanessa (March–April 2009). "ProgPower USA IX Atlanta, 26th September 2008". Fireworks Magazine. 
  13. ^ Johnsen, Matt (August 2002). "ProgPower 2.0". Metal Maniacs. 

1. EvilG. "Heart of Steel: Interviews Glenn Harveston Organizer of ProgPower USA." Metal-Rules. March 2003. Web. 28 Nov. 2013.

2. http://vimeo.com/75257334

3. Gromen, Mark. "Onstage ProgPower VII." Metal Maniacs. February 2007: 108-109. Print.

4. Wagner, Jeff; Wilson, Steven (2010). Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal. Bazillion Points Books. p. 331. ISBN 0979616336.

5. Devani, Sarjoo. "ProgPower USA VII." Explicitly Intense. 2006: 46-47. Print.

6. Hicks, Taylor. "ProgPower USA." Rock N Roll. December 2012: 50-51. Print.

7. Popke, Michael. "A Progressively Metallic Power Play: ProgPower USA V Unfolds with Plenty of Surprises and Establishes itself as one of the World's Elite Music Festivals." Progression Magazine. Spring 2005: 71-74. Print.

8. Ollila, Mape (2007). Once Upon a Nightwish: The Official Biography 1996 – 2006. Deggael Communications. p. 191. ISBN 9789529974924.

9. Murphy, Bill. "Glenn Harveston: “I Think I Have Reached An Elite Level With This Festival”. Dark Rhapsody. December 2007. Web. 28 Nov. 2013.

10. Mendonca, Milton. "Audio Interview with ProgPower USA Promoter, Glenn Harveston PART 1." YouTube. 12 November 2012. 28 Nov. 2013.

11. Reesman, Bryan. "A Ride with Dream Theater's John Petrucci." Grammy.com. September 2013. Web. 28 Nov. 2013.

12. De Campos, Vanessa. "ProgPower USA IX Atlanta, 26th September 2008." Fireworks. March/April 2009: 77-78. Print. Issue 35

13. Johnsen, Matt. "ProgPower 2.0." Metal Maniacs. August 2002: 96-98. Print.

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