District 97 comes to us from Chicago and is a band that formed in the Fall of 2006 by drummer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and guitarist Sam Krahn. The foursome from Chicago honed a no-holds barred style of Liquid Tension Experiment inspired Instrumental Rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound; enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson from Heart, Leslie's dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. The band is rounded off with Katinka Kleijn, cellist extraordinaire from the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra and one of Chicago's finest young guitarists, Jim Tashjian. With this new lineup of peerless musicianship in place, District 97 began wowing crowds and establishing a devoted fanbase through packed shows at legendary Chicago venues such as House of Blues, Schubas and Martyrs'. In May 2010, the band signed with Laser's Edge Records, and will oversee a worldwide physical and digital release of District 97's debut effort, Hybrid Child, in September 2010.
The band now heads east to play at Rosfest and you can catch their show on Sunday May 22nd playing the second slot.
District 97 website - http://district97.net/
District 97 Myspace - http://www.myspace.com/district97
Look for a complete bio at the RoSfest website - http://rosfest.com/Performers-2011/District_97.htm