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Fibonacci Sequence will be joining Il Castello di Alante.
Fibonacci Sequence will be joining Il Castello di Alante.

Italian prog rockers appear tomorrow night in Milwaukee

If one were to imagine a location for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a legendary Italian progressive rock band in an extremely intimate setting, you might conjure images of exotic prog festivals in Verona, France or even the world-renowned Baja Prog festival in Mexico.

I doubt that Superior Street in Bay View would make the list.

But if you’re a prog music fan with an adventurous spirit, Friday night brings that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to the tiny Club Garibaldi, 2501 S. Superior St., as the Italian Progressive Rock band Il Castello di Atlante stops in town for a performance the likes of are rarely seen in the good ol’ Midwest. Milwaukee-based prog rockers Fibonacci Sequence open the show.

"When it comes to prog rock, Italian Prog is considered to be some of the best in the world," said Mark Krueger, host of WMSE’s "Planet Prog," the longest continuously running prog rock radio show in the world. "For a band of this caliber to come and play Milwaukee is fantastic, and if you’re a prog fan, you should not miss this show."

Il Castello di Alante plays genuine Italian symphonic prog. Lyrics are strictly in Italian, but the precise and complex music speaks clearly in a language that every prog fan can appreciate.

So how exactly does an Italian band end up playing Friday night in Bay View?

It just so happens that Krueger and Daniel DuChaine, owner of Rush-Mor Records in Bay View heard that the band was making the arduous drive from a prog fest in Mexico to another festival in Canada and convinced it to stop in Milwaukee and play a show on the way.

"This is their only show in the U.S. We’re very lucky to have them play here," said DuChaine. "It’s rare to see a band like this play live outside some of the world’s top prog festivals – I’m excited about the show and hopefully prog fans here in Milwaukee will realize how cool this is and turn out."

Doors open at 7 p.m. and Fibonacci Sequence goes on at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $17 at Rush-Mor or $20 at the door.

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