Starting the annual Cheers and Jeers thread...mostly cheers and a few jeers. CHEERS * Glenn and Jen (miel) for all the hard work they do on this festival ALL YEAR LONG. This is indeed a labor of love and it shows. I am proud to be a sponsor and working with you for the last several years and for many years to come. Looking forward to next year's lineup already! * Nathan and Milton for their shows as well. You two have learned well from the master and are taking it to the next level! Looking forward to your shows next year as well. * The rest of the PP USA crew - To people who are not exposed to the behind the scenes work, what seems effortless to you is a lot of prep and hard work from this dedicated work of volunteers. I am proud to know most of them personally. And hats off to the new VIP manager Ralf. He is a really cool guy! * Marc the Visa guy. I don't know how the hell you deal with all the bullshit from the USCIS. I really need to "buy you a beer" and donate to your organization as soon as I get home! * The bands - Awesome performances by all the bands this year, and hats off to all of the non US bands having to deal with the dreaded USCIS (see jeer below). BIG BIG props to Jeff Scott Soto for stepping up to the plate with the 90 minute extended set! * My friends. I have WAY too many friends I have met through his wonderful festival, and the list grows each and every year. I call ProgPower a "family reunion with a great musical soundtrack." * A big thank you for those those who attended the Hotlanta ProgPower Forum Luncheon at Front Page News. A special cheer to my great friend LunaTEKKE for all the hard work she did with the reservations and the nametags. It was highly successful and hope to have it again next year. * Truly Great Cupcakes. If you didn't buy any cupcakes, you missed out! * Center Stage security for being nice this year! It was also great they had the big containers of water at the bar so we didn't have to shell out $$$ on bottled water all night! * Sausalito West Coast Grill and Vespucci's Pizza and Pasta for going out of their way each year to accommodate us "black shirts!" * The Artmore for not screwing up with my reservation! Glad they went back to the Saturday morning deal for making reservations for next year. JEERS * A really big F U to the USCIS. I feel so bad for Glenn, Nathan, Milton, Marc and of course all the bands affected for all the effing bullshit that they had to go through this year. Hopefully you can all get a jump on things for next year. * Attendees that insist on talking while bands are playing. This is REALLY annoying and is probably the biggest pet peeve of mine. This was most prevalent in the Loft shows where you all stand around. If you want to talk, take it to the back of the room or go outside. I'm there to see a show. * Not enough vendors in Vinyl. I know a number of vendors backed out for a number of reasons, but this year the merch haul was a heck of a lot lower because of it. More vendors need to step up to the plate to replace the ones that no longer come to the fest. * Waiting another year for an awesome lineup for next year and seeing all of my friends!