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NJProghouse Announces a Special Acoustic Evening of Progressive Folk Music

Dunellen, NJ, June 28, 2015 --( The NJProghouse Progressive Music Series is proud to present a four-band showcase of progressive folk music at Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse at 745 Bound Brook Road in Dunellen, NJ. on July 18, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., featuring some of the finest performers on the local music scene.

Ray Weston of the progressive rock band echolyn, the acoustic duo Red, the acoustic-electric band Valdez, and the folkabilly progressive outfit Pluck and Rail will be performing in a combined progressive rock and folk presentation.

Showcasing the acoustic side of these accomplished artists in a folk environment promises to blend intimate acoustic sound with highly skilled musical agility.

The folk-oriented band Red uses violin and mandolin to accentuate their melodic sound. Like Crosby, Stills & Nash, or Kansas, stories are woven through intricate fingerpicking and soaring harmonic vocals. Karl Eisenhart, also guitarist for Pinnacle, and Chris Michels, are exceptional songwriters and musicians, but also cover the work of other folk musicians. Arranging cover music for their various instruments helped them to create their own unique sound.

Ray Weston's music was summed up by NJProghouse staff member and fan, Amy Benjamin. “Ray’s music is raw, bold poetry, and while autobiographical, it speaks to the soul of all of us,” says Amy. “His lyrics are brutally honest, poignant, and from the heart.”

Ray has performed numerous times as a solo artist and with echolyn at the NJProghouse.

Valdez is an acoustic/electric band from Philadelphia, comprised of UK singer/songwriter Simon Godfrey, echolyn bassist Tom Hyatt, echolyn drummer Paul Ramsey and Joe Cardillo, keyboard player for jazz/rock fusionists Cold Blue Electric. The group came together as part of series of informal get-togethers at Simon’s Duckland Studios in Philadelphia. The chemistry proved to be so good that the three decided to form a band.

Pluck and Rail is the acoustic intersection of Andrew Sussman of the prog-rock heavyweights, Frogg Café, and George Gierer of the folkabilly band South County. Drawing from the deep well of American music, Pluck and Rail blends together gritty songwriting, tight vocal melodies and soaring cello runs to craft unique sound. Bitter and sweet, pleasure and pain, Pluck and Rail.

NJProghouse developed in 1999 as an organization to promote the growth of progressive music. It is known for presenting eclectic, cutting-edge, internationally-known bands, with the intention of expanding the knowledge and experiences of music lovers in the Northeast.

The online pre-sale cost of the concert (at is $22.00. Walkups at the day of the show, $30 (cash only). For further information, contact (862) 245-1780 or

Sharon Rodden, Publicity Manager
908 672-1392
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NJProghouse Progressive Music Series
Jon P. Yarger

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