New England Art (Progressive) Rock Society - New England's Ear on Progressive (Prog) Rock Music
What is NewEARS? A not-for-profit organization of progressive music lovers. The primary goal of NewEARS is to create a community of music enthusiasts dedicated to sharing and promoting progressive rock in the New England area.

Please see the About page for more information about our goals and history, as well as contact information.

NewEARS Album Of The Month

The Neal Morse Band
The Great Adventure

"[]as talented as Neal is with themes, he also excels at writing memorable songs. Memorable songs are the core of Neal's prog albums, of course expanded and embellished and treated with complexity and dexterity--but memorable songs nonetheless. You will never finish a Neal Morse album and not walk away with a few hooks floating around in your head, and that includes this one. A great example is the title track, one of the singles they released prior to the album, available to check out on YouTube. Listen to that and you will hear a great song with excellent hooks--and of course the instrumental break will more than satisfy any symphonic prog fan.

The bottom line is I really love this album! And how does this stack up to 'Similitude'? It is at least as good, if not better! I didn't think that was possible going into it, knowing it was a sequel. But after living with this album for a while, I can safely say that this is one of the great ones, that I will never tire of listening and discovering. There's so much here to enjoy! Five stars (Gnosis 15/15)." T-PA

"Is 'The Great Adventure' a worthy follow-up to 'The Similiture Of A Dream'? Absolutely, but that is not the point. The point is that Neal Morse Band is a group at the top of its game, doing, with immaculate consistency and persistent innovation, what it does best – the creation of mellifluous but tough Progressive Rock, at its finest. Somehow, without repeating himself, Morse and the band continue to find new ways to feed our musical souls. Maybe that is the true definition of perfection." PN-TPR



Essential Track: "'The Great Despair' will rightly be regarded as 'the' big epic moment on the album. It reprises, without repeating, the emotion evoked by The Similiture Of A Dream's climax. It is the massive, expansive, sky-kicking apex, again featuring Gillette's spectacular vocals and another (but different) 'Oh Yeah', reminiscent of the now famous 'Come on!'." PN-TPR



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New England Events

  • 2019-02-21
    The Tubes at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $45

  • 2019-02-22
    The Tubes at Greenwich Odeum - East Greenwich, RI at 08:00 PM
    $55 - $61

  • 2019-02-23
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: 30th Anniversary Tour - Wish You Were Here, Animals, and Dark Side Of The Moon plus an extended encore at Acedemy of Music - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $35

  • 2019-02-27
    Alan Parsons Live Project at Chevalier Theatre - Medford, MA at 08:00 PM
    $30 - $69

  • 2019-03-01
    The Wall Live Extravaganza: “The Greatest Floyd Show on Earth” at The Strand - Providence, RI at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $45

  • 2019-03-02
    Alan Parsons Live Project at Foxwoods Casino - Mashantucket, CT at 08:00 PM
    $35

  • 2019-03-02
    Keaggy, Levin & Marotta - The Bucket List Tour at LoFaro Center for The Performing Arts - Henniker, NH at 07:30 PM
    SOLD OUT

  • 2019-03-03
    Keaggy, Levin & Marotta - The Bucket List Tour at LoFaro Center for The Performing Arts - Henniker, NH at 07:30 PM
    $50 donation

  • 2019-03-06
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $40 - $59

  • 2019-03-07
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $50

  • 2019-03-09
    The Wall Live Extravaganza: “The Greatest Floyd Show on Earth” at College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT at 08:00 PM
    $30 - $45

  • 2019-03-09
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: 30th Anniversary Tour - Wish You Were Here, Animals, and Dark Side Of The Moon plus an extended encore at Higher Ground Ballroom - Burlington, VT at 08:00 PM
    $25 adv, $27 day of show

  • 2019-03-10
    Queensryche - The Verdict Tour at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Fates Warning
    $20.25 - $47.00

  • 2019-03-13
    The Wall Live Extravaganza: “The Greatest Floyd Show on Earth” at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $50

  • 2019-03-22
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: 30th Anniversary Tour - Wish You Were Here, Animals, and Dark Side Of The Moon plus an extended encore at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 07:30 PM
    $50 & $100 (VIP)

  • 2019-03-29
    Jon Anderson of Yes - 1000 Hands Tour at Lynn Auditorium - Lynn, MA at 08:00 PM
    TBD

  • Featured Show

    LoFaro Center of The
    Performing Arts - Henniker, NH
    March 2nd - Sold Out
    March 3rd - Contact Now



    In what promises to be a master class in fun and musicianship, The LoFaro Center of The Performing Arts is proud to welcome Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin & Jerry Marotta to perform music from their new album, "The Bucket List", along with some surprises. This is a very rare and exclusive event, and the ONLY show in New England - this REALLY is one you DON'T want to miss, and is yet another coupe for The LoFaro Center of The Performing Arts!

    The very influential guitarist Phil Keaggy has released over 60 solo albums, is a seven-time winner of he GMA Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, and has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album.

    My good friend, and drummer extraordinaire Jerry Marotta has an incredible list of people he's played with: Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Hall & Oates, Elvis Costello, etc. And of course, he performed at TLCPA in 2018 with the Security Project.

    And what can I say...the one and only Tony Levin! Tony is one of the most influential bass/stick players in history, and has played on over 500 albums: Peter Gabriel, Cher, John Lennon, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Yes, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, etc, etc, wow. I'm so glad he's able to make his debut at TLCPA because he'll be in between tours with his other band...ummm, King Crimson?? Not too shabby that 2/5ths of Peter Gabriel's classic era band will be in da house!

    The concert starts at 7:30pm, with a social gathering and food beginning at 5:30 pm (feel free to contribute a dish/snack). We’ll also have beer, wine and other beverages, but your welcome to BYOB. We are requesting a donation of $50 per person to cover these steller musicians performance, and cds will be available for sale that they will happily sign, as well as items you may bring.

    Thank you, and we look forward to your RSVP and attendance for this special event. If you want to invite an additional person, let me know asap as I plan to cap the audience at 90 people. Any questions, feel free to Private Message me on Facebook, or contact at: jerrylofaro@mcttelecom.com




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