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Picasso’s Dream – Central Ohio’s Premier Progressive Rock group launches new Single ‘Notion’

Columbus Ohio – Central Ohio’s Premier Progressive  Rock group releases new single featuring vocalist J.D. Freeman.

Picasso’s Dream has released their new single Notion, their first vocal song featuring guest artist J.D. Freeman from the well known act Blend. 

Notion also welcomes on lead guitar fellow friend Jay Ott. Jay Ott and Anthony S. Anselmo were both involved in the highly successful and award winning Blue August rock band. 

“Jay had a song he had written years ago that he had a specific keyboard part. I loved it the moment I heard it, very Rush like. We just had to make this song a reality!” says Keyboardist and Anthony S. Anselmo.

A song of this magnitude required a magnificent voice, so the band tapped local vocalist JD Freeman from the Columbus Indie-band Blend to help. 

“J.D.’s golden voice was perfect for helping to bring the lyrics to life,” says Jay Ott. “He really studied the song and they day he came in he knocked it out of the park.”

Also included on the track are Picasso’s Dream regulars Max Bigalow on Bass and Vincent Simon on Drums. The song was recorded and produced by the legendary Paris Hollins at Blue Moon Recording Studios in Central Ohio.

For more information check out www.PicassosDream.com or the band’s band camp page PicassosDream.BandCamp.com to download the single.

Picasso’s Dream – Central Ohio’s Premier Progressive Rock group launches their new single ‘Unstoppable Force’.

(Columbus OH) – Picasso’s Dream – Central Ohio’s Premier Progressive Rock group launches their new single for Unstoppable Force. Unstoppable Force features both newcomer Chris Bianchi on Guitar and Tony Kertis on Sax.

Unstoppable Force is the first in the upcoming second full featured album from Picasso’s Dream currently wrapping up production. The album features Vincent Simon on Drums, Max Bigalow on Bass and returning is Anthony S. Anselmo on keyboards.

Produced and recorded at Blue Moon Studios in Central Ohio, Picasso’s Dream second album will feature an array of new instrumental tracks as well as vocals from various members.

“We basically set out what we wanted to accomplish in the first album,” says keyboardist Anthony S. Anselmo. “We discovered a lot of our talented members could sing so we realized we had to start incorporating this into our music as well.”

“The new album really features the increased complexity of the group as a whole.” says bassist Max Bigalow. “It was an ultimate pleasure making it and a joy to work with the incredible Paris Hollins at Blue Moon Studio who made the process easy and painless.”

It’s been four years since Picasso’s Dream’s Debut album that became a central Ohio  staple for Hypnotic Progressive Rock. With the upcoming album the team hopes to continue their legacy to the Midwest area.

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Picasso’s Dream – Is Back!

A now a major announcement!

Chase VanderMaas and Anthony S. Anselmo have decided to continue with the Picasso’s Dream band!

First off we want to thank and always respect Brian Randolph and Carl Perry. Unfortunately at this time Carl and Brian can’t join us due to their schedules and their work with Calling Caine. We will always have them in our hearts and be ever appreciative for their help to get Picasso’s Dream off the ground.

As such, Chase and Anthony have decided to call this effort ‘Picasso’s Dream 2.0’. Here is where we take the band to the next level of Progressive rock!

We are in the process of setting up a State-wide show for 2018 featuring both Picasso’s Dream classics and stuff from the Anselmo / VanderMaas Footsteps album. Joining us on bass is our old friend Jared Wade who filled in back in the early days. Also joining us on drums in an incredible drummer from South East Ohio area Mr. Vincent Simon.

We will also have special guest stars joining us as the time comes. So stay to tuned to the Official Picassos’ Dream page as we gear up for an amazing 2018…..

Concrete Ocean – New Single from No Rest

Chase VanderMaas, and Anthony S Anselmo recently contributed to Cam Stark’s Concrete ocean. You can download a copy at the No Rest Bandcamp Site.

“About two years ago I met a very nice gentlemen by the name of Cam Stark. He and I bonding with our frustrations of trying to create music in the Columbus scene. He sent me a demo of a song he was working, written by Brandon Roper and I instantly fell in love with it. Soon after numerous other people gravitated to this song and before you know it we had a full fledged recording. Please to present this treasure after many months. Featuring the impeccable Chase VanderMaas on Lead and always on time Harald Kay… Concrete Ocean.”


The Anselmo Project – ‘A Child’s Dream’ Single Now Available

Happy to Announce the release of my latest single ‘A Child’s Dream.’ This song is part of the upcoming album I’m working on based on a book from Daniel Noland! Inspired a bit from listening to both Pink Floyd and Dynatron it’s a musical journey into the fantasy of the mind!


NOTE: BUY the single within the first week and proceeds go towards Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief!
SHARE then and get a liner credit on my next album!

Anselmo / VanderMaas released new ‘Concept’ album

“Footsteps” is the first studio recording since the 2015 ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ from Picasso’s Dream. The dynamic duo of Chase VanderMaas and Anthony S Anselmo return to provide gripping tales in “music” and “mystery”… in true ‘concept album’ format.

With former Progressive Rock pioneers either retired or producing ‘Walt Disney’ like stories, VanderMaas and Anselmo set out to produce something that is both unique and original.

Joined by world-renowned Harald Kay on drums, this is the first album featuring various guest appearances from great artists around the globe. Derek Barlas provided complimentary guitars to the majority of the tracks and Francesco Mega provide an amazing acoustic guitar performance on ‘Double Crossed’. The album also featuring amazing work from Anna Vashneva, George Schiessl and Steve Dauphinais.

The album also sports amazing artwork from Cayenne Chris Conroy, world renowned announcer and voice actor.

“What is probably the most amazing thing about this album; is that the majority of the parts were recorded around the around the world. “ says Anselmo. “It is an example of modern day collaboration that can produce amazing results.”

“This truly is an epic collection of everything I’ve needed to say,” quotes VanderMaas. “We really wanted to do something that was epic in the style of all our influences.”

VanderMaas also provide vocals for the first time on this album, featuring the heart thumping ‘How Much to Drop a Bomb?” and the memorizing ‘Seasons Change.”

The ten tracks on the album, which was mixed by Anselmo himself are the following…

Hey It’s My Turn
When You Get Back Home
How Much to Drop a Bomb?
Far From Beyond Here
Seasons Change
Double Crossed
Childhood Innocence
Giant Footsteps
So Happy, So Sad

“Footsteps” is available now as a preview on the bandcamp site, and will be available for full distribution later in June.


The Anselmo Project Launches ‘A Boatload of Hypocrisy’ EP

Founder promotes EP for those who have served.

At age 35, Anthony S. Anselmo decided to start a band. Years later he has become the premier Keyboardist Entertainer in the Central Ohio region.

A prolific Keyboardist inspired by the days when synths where at the top of mix, Anthony grew up with Progressive Rock pioneers such as Genesis, Yes and Dream Theater. Combining styles ranging from 70’s to today, Anthony has become the sound of the ‘giant synth.’

His first band Picasso’s Dream became the staple of Progressive Rock shows in the Central Ohio region. Providing hypnotic rock with amazing visuals, the Picasso’s Dream shows were an experience not seen outside the realm of the big arena acts.

In 2015 Anthony released his self-titled work ‘Uncommon Sense’ with the The Anselmo Project working with individuals from New Zealand to Washington State. Combining hard hitting Progressive Metal with Instrumental Progressive Rock tunes ‘Uncommon Sense’ broke new ground in songwriting and experimentation.

In later 2015 Anthony joined Blue August, one of the most unique and amazing Rock Power House acts in the Columbus area. Bringing his visual style the Blue August experience have become the ‘not to miss’ show in Columbus!

With several projects both with full bands and solo work; Anthony continues to be the most sought out Keyboardist in the Ohio region. “A Boatload of Hypocrisy’ continued his musical endeavors in support of the USA military and all those who have served.

“The songs on this EP work to help promote the idea that if we are going to send our boys and girls into harm’s way, we better make sure it’s for the right reason,” says Anthony.

The EP features amazing vocals from David Czoschke and Picasso’s Dream Drummer Brian Randolph. The infamous Harald Kay returns on drums with fellow friends Dave Mahler, Dave Boyer, Rod Smith, Daniel Moore, Rod Z, Josh Miller, Francesco Mega, and Jonathan Shaffer helped to contribute to the EP.

‘A Boatload of Hypocrisy’ will be available Memorial Day, May 30th 2016 on all Music Distribution channels such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

A free preview is available at the Anselmo Project Bandcamp site.


Press Contact – Anthony Anselmo


Blue August Releases Debut Album!

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Blue August Launches Debut Album

“Emotional storytelling through music.”

Blue August – a local independent band is releasing their debut album to all digital download locations on Monday May 2nd.

Originating from Columbus Ohio, Blue August is hard hitting rock songs with amazing musicianship. The two Stephen’s, Stephen Davy and Stephen Jones trade off on vocals as they perform songs with such soul and passion; rarely seen on the independent scene. Jay Ott provides amazing guitar skills to help paint the artwork while Anthony S. Anselmo’s synths provides the grounding for the tapestries.

With such richness, combined with imaginative and thoughtful lyrics, Blue August combines a bit of the old and the new. With elements of Classic and Modern rock, Blue August’s sound transverses through the ages of Rock history.

Drummer Stephen Davy about the new album…”Its truly a gift when you can play music with emotion and play it with musicians who are so talented. We can write what we feel because we’re comfortable enough around each other to encourage expression. Each song starts with a groove on bass and drums and then you add Jays ability to use his guitar to enhance the emotion in the lyrics. Add onto that for many years we’ve heard the keyboards in our heads and now with Anthony we are surrounded by it, truly taking the music to the next level. ”

Guitarist Jay Ott notes the important accomplishment of the first album. “The band has been working on these songs for about three years now, so they have really come into their own. We’re extremely proud of this release. I look forward to our next effort as much as I enjoyed helping create this one.”

A preview of the album can be found a http://blueaugust.bandcamp.com for digital download. The album will be available for purchase and download on May 2nd from ITunes, Amazon and streaming on Spotify.

More information about the band and upcoming performances can be reached at www.blueaugustband.com.

Press Contact – Anthony Anselmo