District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. For over a decade, this quintet from Chicago has melded an adventurous instrumental prowess with the look, sound, and stage presence of Leslie Hunt. Through world tours and a stream of studio and live releases, the band has garnered a worldwide fanbase; collaborating with John Wetton and drawing praise from Bill Bruford, Mike Portnoy and other rock luminaries along the way. Their forthcoming album “Screens” and its accompanying live show promises to be their most ambitious effort to date.
“We had a blast playing ‘Screens’ live earlier this year in North America, and we can’t wait to bring that and some of our older material across the pond for the very first time. To do so whilst teaming up with incredible bands like Flyiing Colors, Goblin, and Maschine make this tour an absolute must see.”
Tour dates: 9/30/19, Burg Schnabel Berlin, DE 10/02/19, Das Rind Rüsselsheim, DE 10/03/19, De Boerderij Zoetermeer, NL 10/05/19, Spirit of 66 Verviers, BE 10/06/19, Summer’s End Prog Festival, Chepstow, UK 10/07/2019, The Robin 2 w/Maschine, Bilston, UK 10/08/19, The Musician w/Maschine, Leicester, UK 10/09/19, 229 w/Maschine, London, UK 10/10/19, Trading Boundaries w/Maschine, East Sussex, UK 10/13/19, Progtoberfest V @ Reggies, Chicago, IL 10/17/19, Arcada Theater w/Flying Colors, St. Charles, IL
Roldan Entertainment are excited to announce that US band District 97 will return to ROSfest in 2018! What’s more, they’ll be opening the festival on Friday night.
District 97 was fresh and up and coming when they played for us in 2011, having just recently signed to prestigious progressive rock label The Laser’s Edge with one hot album to their name. Since then, the band has released a further two studio albums, as well as a few live albums. They’ve grown in stature precisely as we all hoped they would, and are now firmly established as one of the best contemporary progressive rock bands in the US. As the band is currently working on new material, they may have a new album waiting by the time ROSfest 2018 kicks off!
Renowned for their knack of blending elements from various aspects of progressive rock and progressive metal, District 97 creates captivating and quirky compositions. The distinct way that the group thrives on complexity and sophisticated features, and of course the golden voice of Leslie Hunt, are both trademarks of the band. As the members state themselves: District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist.
We are looking forward to seeing District 97 grace our stage at ROSfest again, and we know that the 2018 edition of the Rites of Spring Festival will open in a suitably energetic and progressive manner when this band hits the stage on May 4th, 2018.
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