Logo for ProgPower USA XV
September (2003-2006, 2008-present)
|Location(s)||Lansing, Illinois (2001)|
Atlanta, Georgia (2001-2024)
|Years active||2001 - present|
|Founded by||Glenn Harveston|
ProgPower USA is a progressive, power metal, and progressive rock festival held annually in the United States since 2001. Its most recent edition, ProgPower USA XIX, was held at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia from September 5 – 8, 2018. ProgPower USA XX is scheduled to take place September 4 – 7, 2019. The festival's band selection process focuses on quality over quantity. In addition to the emphasis on the power and progressive metal genres, the festival has branched out into other genres with the inclusion of the "oddball" slot that doesn't fit the normal motif. ProgPower USA gives bands that have never performed in the States a chance to perform in the country. The festival has been described as a cultural experience for fans with autograph signing sessions, guest appearances, reunions, and meet-and-greets. The festival has hosted over 70 bands' USA debuts including Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Nightwish, and Stratovarius.
ProgPower USA began in 2001. The very first festival was February 23-24, 2001, in Lansing, Illinois, just outside Chicago, at J.J. Kelley's. The subsequent events have been held in Atlanta, Georgia, at Center Stage Atlanta (formerly Earthlink Live).
Festival founder and promoter, Glenn Harveston's notion of ProgPower USA began over dinner among friends after attending the Powermad festival in Baltimore, Maryland. As the festival progressed, the roster scope diversified with the intent of reaching a larger fan base. The brand's international success is based upon an unofficial partnership with ProgPower Europe. The festival overcame early hardship from an attendance perspective due to the tragic events of September 11 at ProgPower II and flourished with multiple sell-outs over the next 13 years.
In the program for ProgPower XIX (as well as repeated posts on social media), Glenn announced ProgPower XXV (in 2024) will be the final year of the festival.
|ProgPower USA I||Country of Origin|
|Power of Omens||USA|
|Pain of Salvation||Sweden|
|ProgPower USA II||Country of Origin|
|Balance of Power||England|
|ProgPower USA III||Country of Origin|
|Pain of Salvation||Sweden|
|The Devin Townsend Band||Canada|
The ProgPower USA III Pre-Show Party was held Thursday November 14, 2002 at The Riviera Club in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower USA IV||Country of Origin|
|Circle II Circle||USA|
The ProgPower USA IV Pre-Show Party was held September 4, 2003 at The Riviera Club in Atlanta, GA
ProgPower USA V took place on September 17-18, 2004 at Center Stage Atlanta (then called Earthlink Live) in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower USA V||Country of Origin|
|Weapons of Mass Destruction||USA|
|Pain of Salvation||Sweden|
The Showcase took place on Thursday September 16, 2004 at The Eleven50 Club.
ProgPower USA VI took place on September 16-17, 2005 at Center Stage Atlanta (then called Earthlink Live) in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower USA VI||Country of Origin|
|Pink Cream 69||Germany|
The Showcase took place on Thursday September 15, 2005 at The Loft (above Center Stage) in Atlanta, GA.
|Showcase||Country of Origin|
|Orphaned Land (acoustic set)||Israel|
ProgPower USA VII took place on September 15-16, 2006 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower USA VII||Country of Origin|
The Showcase took place on Thursday September 14, 2006 at The Loft (above Center Stage) in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower USA VIII||Country of Origin|
|All Star Jam||n/a|
The All Star Jam was a collaboration of members of various bands who performed throughout the weekend playing familiar classic metal songs.
The Showcase took place on Thursday October 4, 2007 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA. From 2007 forward all Showcases (now called the Kick-Off) take place at the main Center Stage theater.
ProgPower USA IX took place on September 26-27, 2008 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower USA IX||Country of Origin|
|Spheric Universe Experience||France|
|Jon Oliva's Pain||USA|
This Kick-Off for this year was billed as the Hellish Rock World Tour as Manticora, Gamma Ray and Helloween were on tour at the time and used the Showcase date as a regular tour stop. This event took place in the main Center Stage theater on Thursday September 25, 2008.
The first Mid-Week Mayhem at ProgPower USA was held at The Loft (above Center Stage on Wednesday September 24, 2008 in Atlanta, GA.
ProgPower USA X took place on September 11-12, 2009 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower USA X||Country of Origin|
|Diablo Swing Orchestra||Sweden|
The Kick-Off took place on Thursday September 10, 2009 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.
ProgPower USA XI took place on September 10-11, 2010 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower USA XI||Country of Origin|
|Oceans of Sadness||Belgium|
The Kick-Off took place on Thursday September 9, 2010 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.
The Mid-Week Mayhem took place on Wednesday September 8, 2010 at The Loft at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.
ProgPower USA XII took place on September 16-17, 2011 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower USA XII||Country of Origin|
|While Heaven Wept||USA|
The Kick-Off took place on Thursday September 15, 2011 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.
The Mid-Week Mayhem took place on Wednesday September 14, 2010 at The Loft at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.
ProgPower USA XIII took place on September 14-15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower USA XIII||Country of Origin|
|Beyond the Bridge||Germany|
ProgPower USA XIV took place on September 6-7, 2013 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower USA XIV||County of Origin|
|Damnation Angels||United Kingdom|
|Ashes of Ares||USA|
The Kick-Off took place on Thursday September 5, 2013 at Center Stage) in Atlanta, GA.
The Mid-Week Mayhem took place on Wednesday September 4, 2013 at The Loft at Center Stage) in Atlanta, GA.
ProgPower USA XV took place on September 12-13, 2014 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower XV||Country of Origin|
|Seventh Wonder (playing Mercy Falls in its entirety)||Sweden|
|Stratovarius (playing Visions in its entirety)||Finland|
|Pain of Salvation (playing Remedy Lane in its entirety)||Sweden|
|Jon Oliva's Pain (playing Savatage's Streets: A Rock Opera in its entirety)||USA|
The Kick-Off took place on Thursday September 11, 2014 at Center Stage) in Atlanta, GA.
|Kick-Off||Country of Origin|
|Pagan's Mind (playing Celestial Entrance in its entirety)||Norway|
The Mid-Week Mayhem took place on Wednesday September 10, 2014.
ProgPower USA XVI took place on September 11-12, 2015 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
|ProgPower XVI||Country of Origin|
|Jeff Scott Soto||USA|
|Voyager (set list chosen by the fans)||Australia|
|Falconer (final live show)||Sweden|
|Unleash the Archers||Canada|
|Royal Hunt (playing Paradox in its entirety)||Denmark/USA|
|Angra (playing Holy Land in its entirety)||Brazil|
The Kick-Off took place on Thursday September 10, 2015 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.
The Mid-Week Mayhem took place on Wednesday September 9, 2015 at The Loft at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.
|Mid-Week Mayhem||Country of Origin|
|Ashes Of Ares||USA|
|Voyager (playing I Am the ReVolution in its entirety)||Australia|
ProgPower USA XVII took place on September 7-10, 2016 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. Starting in 2016, ProgPower USA became a full four-day event. The Mid-Week Mayhem (Wednesday) and Kick-Off (Thursday) shows are now known as Days 1 and 2 respectively of the new format, while the traditional ProgPower USA Friday and Saturday shows are now Days 3 and 4 respectively.
Days 1 and 2 (September 7-8, 2016) took place at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA. Day 2 (Thursday show) was called the Promoter's Pick night. There were four bands per day.
|ProgPower XVII - Days 1 & 2||Country of Origin|
|Stream of Passion||The Netherlands|
|Ghost Ship Octavius||USA|
Days 3 and 4 (September 9-10, 2016) took place at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA. These days are considered to be main event with six bands per day.
|ProgPower XVII - Days 3 & 4||Country of Origin|
|The Gentle Storm||The Netherlands|
|Fates Warning (playing Awaken the Guardian in its entirety, with original lineup featuring John Arch)||USA|
|Savage Messiah||United Kingdom|
|Green Carnation (playing Light of Day, Day of Darkness in its entirety)||Norway|
|Refuge (Classic Rage lineup 1988-1993)||Germany|
|Devin Townsend (with special guest Anneke van Giersbergen)||Canada|
ProgPower USA XVIII took place on September 6-9, 2017 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
Days 1 and 2 took place on September 6-7, 2017 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA with four bands on Wednesday and five bands on Thursday.
|ProgPower XVIII - Days 1 & 2||Country of Origin|
|Power Quest||United Kingdom|
|Haken (playing Visions in its entirety)||United Kingdom|
|Next to None||USA|
|Between the Buried and Me (playing Colors in its entirety)||USA|
Days 3 and 4 took place on September 8-9, 2017 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA with six bands per day.
|ProgPower XVIII - Days 3 & 4||Country of Origin|
|Lords of Black||Spain|
|Mike Portnoy's Shattered Fortress (Performing the Twelve-step Suite, featuring members of Haken and The Neal Morse Band)||USA / United Kingdom|
ProgPower USA XIX is took take place on September 5-8, 2018 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
Days 1 and 2 took place on September 5-6, 2018 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA with four bands per day.
|ProgPower XIX - Days 1 & 2||Country of Origin|
|Ross The Boss (Manowar set)||USA|
|Oceans of Slumber||USA|
|Angra (25th Anniversary fans pick the set list)||Brazil|
Days 3 and 4 took place on September 7-8, 2018 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA with six bands per day.
|ProgPower XIX - Days 3 & 4||Country of Origin|
|Labyrinth (playing Return to Heaven Denied Part 1 in its entirety)||Italy|
|Sons of Apollo||USA|
|Eclipse (U.S. exclusive appearance)||Sweden|
ProgPower USA XX is scheduled to take place on September 4-7, 2019 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
Days 1 and 2 are scheduled to take place on September 4-5, 2019 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA with four bands per day.
|ProgPower XX - Days 1 & 2||Country of Origin|
Days 3 and 4 are scheduled to take place on September 6-7, 2019 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA with six bands per day.
|ProgPower XX - Days 3 & 4||Country of Origin|
|Poets of the Fall||Finland|
|Demons & Wizards||Multinational|
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