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RON THAL (aka BUMBLEFOOT)
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Ron Thal: "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
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A musical journey like nothing you’ve experienced before is happening February 2014. We’re talking about Progressive Nation at Sea, an infusion of music and technique that will heighten your senses in a way no other vacation ever could! Imagine a couple thousand prog enthusiasts surrounding you on the Norwegian Pearl as we set sail from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport February 18-22, 2014. PROGRESSIVE NATION founder Mike Portnoy elaborates: "In 2008 & 2009, I created a touring package called "Progressive Nation" and with Dream Theater headlining, we did three full tours (two in North America and one in Europe) that showcased a variety of bands that embraced the spirit and musicality of progressive music. Well after a 5 year hiatus, I have decided to resurrect Progressive Nation and this time we are taking it to the seas! But rather than a 4 band bill like previous Progressive Nation tours, we have expanded the bill to OVER A DOZEN of today's greatest progressive bands, musicians and artists! Myself and my former DT bandmate Derek Sherinian have teamed up with Sixthman as well as our friends at Inside Out Music and look forward to a very successful inaugural launch of PROGRESSIVE NATION AT SEA.” This music festival at sea gives you an experience that one on land just can’t match. In addition to 5 days in the beautiful Caribbean, music will be happening from morning till late at night. Some of the best experimental music might be in the wee morning hours in an unscheduled jam by the artists! When you finally call it a night (or a morning) you can head back to your comfortable room and get some rest before getting into the action all over again. Did we mention you’d be walking around the same place as your musical heroes? Oh yeah, that means you might be having dinner and drinks right next to your favorite musician! Progressive Nation at Sea boasts the musical genius of Transatlantic, Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine, Sherinian, Jon Anderson, Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Devin Townsend Project, King's X, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Anathema, Riverside, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly, Anneke van Giersbergen, Mark Mikel and Next to None. Our home, the Norwegian Pearl, provides many cool amenities to enhance your vacation. It has a bowling alley, full-size basketball court and tennis court, walk/jog track, rock climbing wall, multiple hot tubs, a pool, as well as a casino to try your luck at. Prog fans, don’t stay at home and freeze this February! Join Progressive Nation at Sea to help Sixthman make this cruise one that you’ll never forget! Cruise Itinerary (Subject to change) Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - Depart Miami, FL (approx 4PM ET) Wednesday, February 19 - Day At Sea Thursday, February 20 - Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas (8AM to 6PM) Friday, February 21 - Grand Bahama Island (8AM to 6PM) Saturday, February 22 - Arrive Miami, FL (approx 8AM ET)
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