Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius Return to ProgStock Festival in 2021
October 2 @ 11:30 PM - October 3 @ 2:00 AM EDT
The festival will take place on the weekend of October 1-3, 2021, in the Hamilton Stage building of the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), located at 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, New Jersey 07065 (a short walk away from the Main Stage theater on Irving Street). The Hamilton Stage theater is of much smaller capacity than the Main Stage theater, so please act quickly once passes are placed on sale! Details of the festival lineup, event timeline, ticket pricing, and partner hotels will be announced over the next few weeks. Passes for 3-day in-person attendance will go on sale in June. Details of how to participate in other viewing options will also be provided this summer.
ProgStock Festival, the American Northeast’s Only International Progressive Rock Festival, will triumphantly return to the stage for its fifth year in 2021. As the world is still emerging from the pandemic, ProgStock 2021 has been designed as a hybrid event, allowing fans to experience the festival in a manner that suits their personal choice. In-person attendance passes include a seat in the theater, access to artist meet-and-greets, and participation in after-parties. For those who wish to (or must) participate virtually from afar, we will offer live streaming and the ability to view performances for a limited time after the festival concludes
Electric Violin-driven Progressive Hard Rock Sprinkled with Jazz-fusion Funkabillity.
Stratospheerius is fronted by electric violinist, vocalist Joe Deninzon, the band is known for their brand of Violin driven progressive rock yet there is a great balance between all the instruments used including the vocals and harmonies, Their music can only be described as a unique blend of progressive rock that is stuffed with intricate layers of jazz fusion, rock, funk and a touch of pop sensibility.
Inspiration comes from everyday life, even music legends such as Yes, Spock’s Beard, Muse, Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and King Crimson.
Stratospheerius is a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition the Musicians Atlas Independent Music Awards. They have been featured in Progression, Relix, Downbeat, and Jazziz, among other publications. They have performed with Martin Barre, Alex Skolnick, John 5 & The Creatures, Gary Hoey, Mike Stern, Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, and John Scofield, they’ve played various festivals including ProgStock in New Jersey
A Critics Point of View
“Joe Deninzon has made a career…wielding his violin like a guitar. In that way, he has pioneered a new standard for rock violin, much the same way Ian Anderson did for flute.”
– PROGRESSION MAGAZINE
“Think a bit of Zappa, the Dixie Dregs or Blues Traveler, with the violin being the focal point. Violinist & singer Joe Deninzon’s talents are flat out phenomenal, and the progressive rock tapestry he weaves around himself is carried out to perfection by his amazing band.”
One of the perks of being a reviewer is that on some days you get the pleasure of getting introduced to some music or bands you never heard of but are actually quite good. Or in the case of Joe Deninzon And Stratospheerius, really good!
9/10 Arno Agterberg // DPRP
“Deninzon shows how he has earned the nickname the Jimi Hendrix of the violin as he tears through a distortion-heavy solo that points more in the direction of Guns N Roses, Slash than Yo-Yo Ma.”
Justin Scro – Cashbox Magazine
“Memorable hooks, gravity-defying instrumental prowess, and a kitchen sink move toward rock If Bela Fleck and Frank Zappa had a love child in outer space, they might grow up to sound like these guys do.”
David Budin – CoolCleveland.com
This is infectious, with no cure in sight. The arrangements are tight, everyone bounces off each other, and is one of the most poptastic progressive album one is likely to come across
5/5 Kev Rowland // Prog Archives
The album comes with plenty of Progressive Rock tracks, it’s the other songs containing other styles that help to make the release even more entertaining. If you happen to be a fan of Progressive Rock, the new album of Guilty of Innocence album from Joe Deninzon and the band Stratospheerius is one album you need to check out.
Matheson Kamin // The Rock and Roll Report
Style of Music
Progressive Rock, Jazz Funk, Jam