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    Banco played ProgFest in 2000 first. Kenso and Transatlantic were also there. If I remember right, Rob was at this one. He was impressed by Banco and Kenso (as were we all)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roylayer View Post
    Banco played ProgFest in 2000 first. Kenso and Transatlantic were also there. If I remember right, Rob was at this one. He was impressed by Banco and Kenso (as were we all)!
    And Mona Lisa & Supersister. Rob was definitely there. I remember well the night of the Omni-Strauss entrance music! (inside joke)

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    I predict that Rob and Chad will be back for the 50th anniversary.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fracktured View Post
    I predict that Rob and Chad will be back for the 50th anniversary.


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    Will they have divided into two competing camps for the 50th anniversary?

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    Will they have divided into two competing camps for the 50th anniversary?
    NEARfest featuring Rob LaDuca and Chad Hutchinson's NEARfest!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roylayer View Post
    NEARfest featuring Rob LaDuca and Chad Hutchinson's NEARfest!
    Which Nursing Home will be the "Host Hotel?"

    AND.....we can Celebrate Progeezer's 104th Birthday!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roylayer View Post
    NEARfest featuring Rob LaDuca and Chad Hutchinson's NEARfest!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roylayer View Post
    NEARfest featuring Rob LaDuca and Chad Hutchinson's NEARfest!
    Of course, Phil Collins will play both, travelling via Star Trek transporter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headcrash View Post
    Of course, Phil Collins will play both, travelling via Star Trek transporter.
    Better yet, a holodeck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead View Post
    Which Nursing Home will be the "Host Hotel?"

    AND.....we can Celebrate Progeezer's 104th Birthday!!!
    If I'm alive at 104 a highlight of the anniversary festival could be, instead of assembling for a group photo, we can all assemble to build a funeral pyre, stick me on it & find a raft & a lake to send me to Jewish Valhalla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    If I'm alive at 104 a highlight of the anniversary festival could be, instead of assembling for a group photo, we can all assemble to build a funeral pyre, stick me on it & find a raft & a lake to send me to Jewish Valhalla.
    years ago i would have assumed you meant the garment district. i have no idea what it means now.

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    Me either, but I'm sure it involves a Speedo.
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    I really appreciated the chance to relive the memories in these past 10 pages. I was fortunate to have attended every NEARfest and regularly look back with fondness - wishing for another run.

    Thanks to Rob Chad and Kevin for their efforts to put on the festival of festivals.

    I recently framed my NEARfest programs in the billiards and Keith Emerson homage wing of the mancave. Will try to edit in a picture
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    love that so much, Todd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Lives View Post
    I recently framed my NEARfest programs in the billiards and Keith Emerson homage wing of the mancave. Will try to edit in a picture
    That's awesome! Can you take closer shots of some of the frames?
    Last edited by Nearfest2; 02-22-2019 at 11:50 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roylayer View Post
    Banco played ProgFest in 2000 first. Kenso and Transatlantic were also there. If I remember right, Rob was at this one. He was impressed by Banco and Kenso (as were we all)!
    Actually, Banco first played in 2001, I was there. But I wasn't at 2000, because I didn't know it even existed. TA were 1999 (first NF) and Kenso were 2005 (I was at that one as well). Both were fantastic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by infandous View Post
    Actually, Banco first played in 2001, I was there. But I wasn't at 2000, because I didn't know it even existed. TA were 1999 (first NF) and Kenso were 2005 (I was at that one as well). Both were fantastic!
    Let's get you straightened out...

    • Banco played at ProgFest 2000, NEARfest 2001 and NEARfest X (2008)
    • The first NEARfest was in 1999
    • Transatlantic played at NEARfest 2000 (the second NEARfest)
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    How about getting me real straight, if not solidly erect Host a 2019 one time, one day, celebration called Shoot for Moon, with 4 bands. A super one night stand
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firth View Post
    How about getting me real straight, if not solidly erect Host a 2019 one time, one day, celebration called Shoot for Moon, with 4 bands. A super one night stand
    I don’t think I want to be in a “room full of solidly-erect” patrons.
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    First and foremost, a huge thank you to Rob, Chad, and all the staff along the way. You created an amazing festival for the fans year after year, of which we are all grateful.

    Memories, there are many. I missed the 1st, but attended 8 overall. Great vibe, Zoellner Arts Center on the Lehigh campus was perfect. I didn’t mind the switch to Trenton, but Lehigh was definitely “home”.

    Memories & Highlights
    1. A weekend immersed in my favorite music, who could ask for more?
    2. Saturday morning online, in hopes that I would get tickets the day they went on sale.
    3. The announcements made over the course of the year as the acts were confirmed. Those generated much excitement.
    4. Spending lots of money at the vendor tables based on the new discoveries of that weekend.
    5. Meeting other fans, and the overwhelming friendliness of everyone
    6. Tailgating in the parking garage.
    7. Getting to meet, chat, and get autographs from many of the bands/artists. Standouts: Gary Green was such a great guy, had a long talk with him, and he was awesome. Mike Keneally, and echolyn who were signing copies of “Mei”. So many others....
    8. The road trip with my buds every year.

    Favorites and Surprises:
    1. Bands I thought I’d never see: Happy The Man, Camel, UK, Transatlantic, Anglagard, Wobbler, KBB, PFM, Banco
    2. Bands I became a fan of because of NF: Miriodir (stunning), Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Hadrian Spacefolk, Morglbl and many others.
    3. I rarely left or skipped a performance. Even if not my cup of tea, tried to keep an open mind

    A special thank you to Rob LaDuca who offered me a ticket to NF Apocolypse after seeing a post that I was looking for a ticket. I owe him a big thank you for that.
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    I also appreciated the finest prog festival ever! Excellent work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    That's awesome! Can you take closer shots of some of the frames?
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    Having trouble getting a decent resolution upload

    Got them from here —>
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    Last edited by Prog Lives; 02-24-2019 at 04:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Lives View Post
    B892F1F3-C456-4FD9-8F68-A8E387A66569.jpg

    Having trouble getting a decent resolution upload

    Got them from here —>
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    well done! Wish I had the man cave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Lives View Post

    Having trouble getting a decent resolution upload
    Very nice. Did you cut the cover off to make such a clean piece?
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    re: "Jewish Valhalla",

    Quote Originally Posted by kenschwartz View Post
    years ago i would have assumed you meant the garment district. i have no idea what it means now.
    I kinda figured it'd have something to do with a schvitz, or maybe a good NYC style deli that never closes or something.

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