Welcome to BayProg, a web site of resources for San Francisco Bay Area progressive rock musicians and fans.
Update Oct 23: Sorry, I've been crazy busy. Finally did an update with 48 new events and shows, 4 new albums below.
More... Big updates to Music Stores, Instrument Makers, Instrument Repair, and Equipment Makers.
Shows: Steven Wilson, Anderson/Wakeman/Rabin, The Element.
Bay Area prog bands releasing new albums in the last six months or so.
The BayProg CD
The BayProg compilation CD can be found in the Spring 2002 issue of Exposé Magazine. It's called BayProg -- Progressive Rock from the San Francisco Bay Area, and features contributions from
What is this BayProg?
BayProg is the original regional progressive rock web site, first appearing in early 1999.
The goals of BayProg are, roughly:
- To serve the needs of musicians who play in local progressive rock bands. As a musician I want to know what other bands are doing, maybe pair up with another band for a gig, find musicians for my band, keep track of venues, and keep track of places to advertise gigs.
- To serve the community of local progressive rock music fans by promoting concerts, finding record stores that carry prog titles, reporting local happenings, etc.
- Provide an email list as a forum for announcements and discussions.
- Provide helpful information for touring bands interested in coming to the area.
- Provide an alternative to the standard forms of musical promotion (FM radio, for instance) which appear to be increasingly uninterested in any type of serious music.
- To support side projects. One example, Malcolm Smith (of Metaphor) has put together the BayProg sampler CD featuring 12 San Francisco Bay area bands.
- Local pride; the San Francisco Bay area is large and culturally rich, and we love living here. It's the fifth largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and includes three major cities and over 7 million people. (See Table 3 of US Census 2000: Ranking tables for Metropolitan Areas for some fascinating details.)
- Also, there are a number of progressive rock fans who are pessimistic, or even downright gloomy, about the future of the genre and I want to prove them wrong (you know who you are).
The BayProg web site has evolved to a pretty hefty size; it's now about 25 pages worth of good stuff. And the BayProg email list has a little over 150 members.
I want to make BayProg as good as it can be, so please send me any news, updates, additions, ideas or corrections.
This site is now written using XHTML1.0 Strict to be compatible with mobile wireless browsing devices and the newer browser standards. As a side effect, the display will be readable but less charming in ancient browsers (like Netscape Navigator 4.0 for instance). Such is life. As always, please tell me if anything comes out badly.
-- Don, firstname.lastname@example.org