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Le Orme, "Live at Pennsylvania" 7.23.2008
Just in! A fresh batch of the Le Orme DVD/2CD set "Live in Pennsylvania"! From Sonny Boy Management and Ice Records comes the first-ever live release from Italian symphonic legends, Le Orme, and it's a gem. Taken from their spectacular headline performance at NEARfest 2005, this combination DVD and double-CD release features a wonderful tracklist spanning the band's 35-plus year career. Classic albums such as "Felona e sorona" and "Contrappunti" are heavliy favored along with the excellent recent albums "L'infinito" and "Elementi." The band was in top form for this once-in-a-lifetime U.S. performance. This is quite frankly a must-have release.
Pure Reason Revolution, "Live at NEARest 2007" 5.21.2008
It is with great excitement that we announce the release of Pure Reason Revolution, "Live at NEARfest 2007." The British upstart quartet took the NEARfest stage by storm with their unique combination of hard-driving riffs, Pink Floyd-esque soundscapes and fabulous vocal harmonies. Already known for their powerful live show, Pure Reason Revolution took it to yet another level with this energetic and raw performance. The band was in top form at NEARfest and is captured live for the first time on "Live at NEARfest 2007." The album will be release on June 20, 2008, the first day of NEARfest X.
NEARfest 2005 DVD 4.10.2007
We are proud to announce the release of our first NEARfest DVD compilation, "NEARfest 2005: Rising to the Surface." NEARfest 2005 featured powerful headliners Le Orme and IQ, and rare U.S. performances by Japanese fusion-masters Kenso and Belgian avant-garde cult favorites Present. The lineup was rounded out by Frogg Cafe, Wobbler, Knight Area, Matthew Parmenter, The Muffins, and Steve Roach. For the first time, the magic that is NEARfest has been captured on video, shot and produced by Studio M Live. Sit back and enjoy many of the highlights from NEARfest 2005.
Steve Roach, "Storm Surge" 6.21.2006
For an uninterupted 45 minutes, synth/sequencer master Steve Roach captivated the NEARfest audience with his ambient/electronic landscapes. Accompanied by a vibrant visual presentation, Roach weaved his way in and out of 10 colorful compositions from his vast catalog, including a brand new track dedicated to the festival called "NEARstorm." Bubbling synths, pulsing rhythms and haunting bass didjeridoo artfully intertwise as "Storm Surge" progresses to an emotional climax. Prepare for an exhilarating aural adventure through the universe of Steve Roach. Feel the Surge
"After the Storm" 1.25.2006
On January 17th, NEARfest Records released "After the Storm", a benefit album in support of the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States on August 29, 2005. "After the Storm" is a 2CD compilation of progressive rock bands, each of whom graciously donated music for this most worthy cause. The tracklisting is a venerable who's who of prog rock, featuring the likes of Kansas, Caravan, Nektar, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Echolyn, Happy the Man and many many more. New Orleans' own Woodenhead also contributed to the album with a stirring live rendition of "Buzz Beat." The price for this special album is $20.00 plus shipping and all proceeds (that means all $20.00) from the sale of each CD will go to Habitat for Humanity to help the people of the Gulf Coast rebuilt their lives. All the manufacturing costs were donated by NEARfest and NEARfest Records. Please visit the After the Storm website and order a copy today!
Miriodor, Live at NEARfest 5.10.2005
Miriodor have been making adventurous, memorable and truly entertaining instrumental rock music for 25 years. They proved that in style at NEARfest 2002 with a dazzling performance chock full of complexity, melody and finesse. Sea of Tranquility called it "without a doubt one of the highlights of the festival." That's a heck of a compliment considering that the headliners were Steve Hackett and Nektar! This now-legendary performance is now available as the bonus disc with their fabulous new studio CD, "Parade" (Cuneiform Records). We are happy to be able to offer this unqiue and stunning double-CD at a great price!
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Now carrying D.F.A. 4.19.2005
We are now stocking the astounding live album from progressive fusion quartet D.F.A., "Work in Progress Live"! D.F.A. blew the audience away at NEARfest 2000 with their intense aural attack of keyboards and guitar/bass interplay. This is a definitive live recording from NEARfest. The band is in top musical form and the production is fabulous. MoonJune Records did an excellent job of getting the energy of D.F.A.'s live performance conveyed on CD. This is a must for any progressive rock collection!
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Wake up, it's Eleven a.m.! 2.16.2005
From the first note of synthesizer and subsequent blast of space rock powerage, Hidria Spacefolk assumed control of the Zoellner Arts Center at NEARfest 2004. For over an hour, this young troupe of Finnish gents swirled and twirled their way deep into the minds of the mesmerized audience aided by a sequence of brilliant audio-visuals. What ensued was a full-out spiralled assault of head-grabbing dual guitar intertwined with dazzling synthesizer and Fender Rhodes textures, soul-stirring bass lines and hyperactive rhythms and fills. "Live Eleven a.m." captures Hidria Spacefolk's spectacular live performance at NEARfest 2004, from the adrenaline-bubbling grooves to the electricly-charged crowd. Release Date: February 22nd.
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2001 live birds flocking your way 11.15.2004
A volcanic cauldron of melodic chamber rock, "2001 Live Birds", oozes with virtuosity allthewhile bubbling with humorous overtones. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic took the stage to open NEARfest 2001 and captivated the enthusiastic crowd of over 1000 people, hungry for progressive sound and spirit. This energetic live album, the first ever for the band, covers the full range of their discography. This inspred performance provides an excellent cross-section of the band's repertoire and truly gives the listener a great feel for the electricity in the hall that Saturday morning. Release Date: November 23rd.

Where to Buy
In addition to purchasing directly from us, NEARfest Records releases are available at many of your favorite progressive rock dealers, including:
The Laser's Edge
Wayside Music
Big Balloon Music
Syn-Phonic Music
Of Sound Mind
Musea Records
The Artist Shop
ZNR Records

New Releases
Pure Reason Revolution
Pure Reason Revolution
Live at NEARfest 2007
Sonic blast of power and Pink Floyd with soaring vocals
NEARfest 2005 DVD
NEARfest 2005 DVD
Rising to the Surface
Over 200 minutes of live performances
Steve Roach
Steve Roach
Storm Surge
An ambient and electronic aural excursion
After the Storm
After the Storm
Hurricane Benefit CD
2CD compilation to support the survivors of Hurricane Katrina
Hidria Spacefolk
Hidria Spacefolk
Live Eleven a.m.
Relentlessly amazing spacerock
"One of the best contemporary space rock bands currently out there."
- Wayside Music
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
2001 Live Birds
Energetic chamber rock exuding virtuosity, composition and a delightful sense of humor
"[A] magical combination of melodic and high abstract harmonies... lavish, rich compositional structures"
- Ragazzi
Thinking Plague
Thinking Plague
Upon Both Your Houses
Commanding live set of highly technical and challenging, yet melodic compositions; RIO at its absolute finest
"A wonderful document of their impassioned and powerful set."
- Ground and Sky
Glass Hammer
Glass Hammer
Live at NEARfest
Symphonic progressive masters, complete with full chorus and guest appearance by
Rich Williams of Kansas
"Awesome, fantastic, spine tinglingly good. The sound and power is overwhelming."
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