ProgNation (70's Prog Rock) ProgNation was formed in 2015 to pay tribute to Yes, ELP, King Crimson, The Moody Blues, Genesis and several other pioneers of the golden era of prog rock. ProgNation is: Steve Kolesar (Vocals),
Bruce Kowalski (Keyboards & Vocals), Marty Zlocki (Drums), Chris Cuda (Guitar & Vocals) and Tony Cuda (Bass & Vocals).
DECEMBER 2015 PRESS RELEASE: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced today that they have once again disrespected Prog Rock pioneers, YES, by failing to garner the required votes to enshrine the iconic band even though they finished second to Chicago in the fan balloting. In response, we are announcing the creation of a new tribute band, ProgNation to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the greatest prog rock bands/musicians currently being ignored by the Rock Hall.
ProgNation will be led by Tony and Chris Cuda; the bassist and guitarist from the original prog/jazz group, CuDa, KrishNa & CuDa (also of the Jazz Cats and City Heat). Vocalist Steve Kolesar ( Rockin Ravers, ex-Champion), drummer Marty Zlocki (Time Traveler, ex-Fayerweather) and keyboardist Bruce Kowalski (Victory Highway) round out the group. ProgNation will be performing the music of Yes, King Crimson, ELP, The Moody Blues, Genesis and a handful of other Prog Rock bands from the late 60’s/early 70’s. The band will be announcing a series of live shows for 2016 sometime in January.
“Everyone in ProgNation has been a fan of Prog Rock since Yes came out in 1968,” said bandleader, Tony Cuda. “ProgNation will be an outlet for us and all the fans who know how great these musicians are and want to enjoy their music in a live setting. We also want to send a message to the Rock Hall that until they recognize Yes and all the other prog rock bands they have ignored, we will be there to remind them of their neglect,” said Cuda.
“The order in which the Rock Hall inducts its members, matters. It’s all about respect. You induct the leaders of innovation first, then you look at the others.” “The fans love Yes and their peers always list them as one of the most influential bands of the late 60’s and 70’s. The Rock Hall board seem to be the only ones that don’t get it.”
“This could have been a golden opportunity to pay tribute to one of the greatest and most innovative bassists in rock history, Yes’ Chris Squire who passed away a few months ago. It’s really too bad.”