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    Posted: August 18 2010 at 15:53
Just coming on the scene and newly signed to Lasers Edge records is Chicago band District 97.  This band consists of a core group of friends that have been playing together for quite some time,  a female cellist from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a top 24 American Idol  finalist  on vocals.  These guys maybe on to something special. A healthy dose of prog metal some very heavy symphonic elements and healthy dose of Red era KC all blended into a modern sound.   They have been signed to play CalProg this October and next Springs Rosfest.  

Check them out they have three samples on their web page under media.  


Also their Youtube page:

http://www.youtube.com/user/D97Music

And here is an interview with them:


And one review of their soon to be released CD:


Looking forward to seeing these guys in about 6 weeks. Smile



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 18 2010 at 17:01
Here is one more link with some samples:

http://www.calprog.com/Sounds/district97_CalProg_sample.mp3


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 18 2010 at 18:37
I also learnt their existence recently. As for the overall music character, the element of symphonic Heavy might be strong as the result.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 19 2010 at 03:29
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 19 2010 at 04:59
Very interesting band. Might be fit for Crossover, I'll ask the team for an evaluation. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 19 2010 at 12:51
Thanks Harmonium.  I think these guys maybe onto something.  Edgy, great energy, some pop and metal and really difficult passages and very nice melodies. The first song Can't take you with me on their web site.reminds me of Umphrey's McGee in spots in the instrumental parts.  It is going to be fun watching this live. 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 29 2010 at 19:06
Nice review. Smile I just received the new CD and have had only one listen but this thing has a lot of faces.  Harmonium did you hear back from the team?  



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 30 2010 at 02:36
Team (think Me) will listen to these samples soon. Once I get up from bed actually.
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YES. Melodic, layered X-over Prog. Sure thing.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2010 at 12:15
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2010 at 21:18
Thanks guys, btw, they're announced for Rosfest 2011.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2010 at 21:55
^ i did mention that about Rosfest in the first note. Wink 

I get to see them October 2. Smile



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Ha! I get to see them twice this month - record release party Sept 23rd and *free* gig at Columbia College on Sept 25th. I smile like Chicago....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 14 2010 at 22:47
Hi all,
 
Just wanted to let you know that our entire set from CalProg 2010 is up for download at www.district97.bandcamp.com.  There's no minimum price to download, but those who donate are entitled to some very cool gifts from us (credit on the next CD, signed merch, even play on the next album!).  All proceeds will go directly towards recording our next CD.  Think of it as a holiday gift to the future of creative music!
 
Some pertinent links:
http://district97.bandcamp.com/track/presto-vivace-back-in-nyc (our medley of Presto Vivace/Back in NYC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL3rXmCiUa0 (Our singer Leslie Hunt talks about "Live at CalProg")
 
The download and gift specifics are at  www.district97.bandcamp.com.  Thanks!
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