District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. The release of 2012's critically-acclaimed Trouble With Machines ushered in an exciting era for the Chicago-based Progressive Rock band; In 2013, the band toured both Europe and the US with legendary bassist and vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson/UK/Asia), which was documented on 2014's live release, One More Red Night: Live in Chicago. 2013 also saw the band nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Award by Prog Magazine. Rather than rest on their laurels, District 97 took to the studio in 2014 to record the new material they'd been honing at home and on the road. The resulting album, In Vaults (released June 2015), continued and accelerated the upward trajectory of great songwriting and incredible musicianship that's been evident since the band's 2010 debut, Hybrid Child.
The band's newest lineup (featuring Leslie Hunt / lead & backing vocals; Jim Tashjian / guitars; Andrew Lawrence / keyboards, guitar; Tim Seisser/ bass; Jonathan Schang / drums, percussion) debuted in highly successful tours across Europe and North America in 2016 and 2017, with highlights including Yes' Cruise To The Edge and supporting Pain of Salvation on their In The Passing Light Of Day tour.
Known for their intricate arrangements and killer solos, as well as playing the occasional spot-on renditions of Rush classics (they also have an offshoot Rush tribute trio that goes by the name CRush), progressive rock band Pyramid Theorem have been playing in the scene for over 10 years. In addition to their excellent original material and aforementioned Rush covers, they have also covered other legendary prog rock bands including Dream Theater and Saga.
Pyramid Theorem's energetic set is something to behold and experience live!
Alternative-prog metal, drawing influences from a wide range of bands including Tool, Pearl Jam, Dream Theater, Soundgarden, Haken, Riverside, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, etc. Having individually played in various other bands previously, these four fine chaps have formed as Temple Driver about a year ago and recently released their debut EP just this past February.
Prog rock/metal with heavy riffs, catchy hooks, and tasty solos. The band's cited styles and influences include European metal, Japanese video game music, and Western grunge rock. Having previously shared the stage with District 97 and Pain of Salvation, they will be opening up the night before proceeding (as the Eastern Canada winners and ambassadors) to the Wacken Final in Calgary!
(slightly subject to change)
8pm - The Slyde
8:45 - Temple Driver
9:30 - District 97
11pm - Pyramid Theorem
$15 advance tickets (fees included): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-97-tickets-60291398195
Doors 7:30 pm