New Jersey Post-Progressive Rock Band, The Tea Club Invited to Perform at Progday 2011, the 17th Edition of the World's Longest Running Progressive Rock Festival

Barrington, NJ, August 20, 2011 --( The Tea Club will be performing at Progday 2011, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, (Saturday, September 3rd, and Sunday, September 4th, 2011). Progday 2011 is the 17th edition of the world's longest running Progressive Rock Festival. (

The Tea Club are slated to perform on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 at 12:45PM EDT.

The Tea Club consists of Patrick McGowan (Vocals, Guitar), Dan McGowan (Guitar, Vocals), Becky Osenenko (Keyboards), James Berger (Guitars), Charles Batdorf (Bass), and Joe Rizzolo (Drums).

They are known for writing songs of an epic nature, comparative to the early progressive rock bands of the 1960's and 70's. They also incorporate elements of post-rock, alternative rock, and space rock. A major part of the band's signature sound are the dual vocals and harmonies of Patrick and Dan McGowan, as well as their usage of unique guitar chords and chord patterns, often times played in alternate tunings.

Conceived in Deptford, New Jersey in the fall of 2003, The Tea Club was the masterful toil of teenage brothers Patrick and Dan McGowan (guitars, vocals), Kyle Minnick (drums), and James Berger (Bass). Between the inception and fall 2006, the band independently recorded four EP's, one of which attracted the attention of Producer/ Engineer Tim Gilles (Thursday and Taking Back Sunday). So inspired by the band's obvious talent, Tim Produced, Recorded and Mixed their first full length album entitled "General Winter's Secret Museum."

After briefly touring "General Winter's Secret Museum" along the East Coast, The Tea Club returned to Big Blue Meenie Studios to record their second album in the Fall of 2009. The album was once again produced by Tim Gilles, and featured Becky Osenenko on bass, as well as keyboards by Tom Brislin (Spiraling, Yes, The Syn).

Following these recording sessions, the band went through several line-up changes. Founding member Kyle Minnick left the band, leaving The Tea Club to seek a new drummer. They found him in Joe Rizzolo, a remarkable jazz drummer from New Jersey who the band met through mutual friends of Big Blue Meenie Studios.

Becky Osenenko, who had played the piano since the age of 9, had begun playing keyboards in addition to the bass at live shows. Upon realizing how much the keyboards added to the band's sound, Becky switched to playing keyboards full-time. Another old friend, Charles Batdorf, took over the bass duties. Original member Jim Berger also rejoined the group, this time playing a third guitar instead of the bass. With their new line-up complete, they are currently writing music for their 3rd album while also playing live shows throughout the Northeastern United States.

Artists performing this year:

Progday Preshow:

Freak Kitchen (Sweden)
The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (US)
Cameron Allen (US)

Progday Performers:

Fibonacci Sequence (US)
The Tea Club (US)
The Rebel Wheel (Canada)
Mörglbl (France)
Zevious (US)
Persephone’s Dream (US)
Panzerballett (Germany)
Quantum Fantay (Belgium)

Comments from The Tea Club regarding their upcoming Progday appearance: "We are honored to be sharing the stage with some truly legendary artists who have played this festival in the past."

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Jon P. Yarger