Guest article by Lauren Lyman
On June 13, 2015, the first VoyagerFest commenced in the cozy West Austin backyard of The Rusty Mule. A good number of the bands that performed were based in progressive rock and its many subgenres, but the festival also showcased avant garde, electronic (intelligent dance music), and other acts with experimental and innovative properties.
Beginning on Jan. 24, 2016, VoyagerFest launched a concert series called Voyager Nights, a place for bands from the previous year’s festival to continue performing and spreading awareness for the second annual event. Last month, VoyagerFest was approved as a 501(c) (3) organization, having officially established the mission to promote and support experimental music and art.
If you want to take part in the non-profit’s mission, the second Voyager Night is scheduled for April 16 at The North Door. Jazz rock fusion group, Circling Drones, and video game prog metal band, Descendants of Erdrick, will perform. In addition to the live musical performances, the documentary of the 2015 festival will air, to educate the audience about progressive music culture (trailer).
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