DISTRICT 97 is undoubtedly the most musically-adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. Since 2008, this quintet from Chicago has melded an adventurous, uncompromising instrumental prowess with the look, sound, and stage presence of vocalist Leslie Hunt. Through world tours and a stream of studio and live releases, the band has garnered a worldwide fanbase; collaborating with iconic singer/bassist John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia, UK) and drawing praise from Bill Bruford (drummer of Yes/King Crimson/Genesis), Mike Portnoy (drummer of Dream Theater/Transatlantic) and other rock luminaries along the way. Their new album Screens and its accompanying live show are their most ambitious efforts to date.
Riddle House is an instrumental progressive rock trio started by brothers Ben & Rob Lerner. Their debut album was released in 2012 followed up by their 2015 concept EP, “Nature of the Story.” Guitarist, Ben Lerner moved to LA in 2016 where he recorded and/or performed with Dug Pinnick of King’s X, Marco Minnemann, George Lynch, Gregg Bissonette, Joe Travers and many more. After a few years on hiatus, the boys are back and preparing to release a 10 year anniversary edition of their debut album as well as a new single featuring bassist, Dug Pinnick and Daniel Jakubovic in early 2023!
JASON BLAKE OF AZIOLA CRY
Jason Blake is a Warr Guitarist from Chicago, Illinois. The Warr Guitar is a twelve-string instrument incorporating the range of a guitar and bass. It is played by tapping the strings, a technique known as touchstyle guitar.
Blake plays with the progressive metal trio, Aziola Cry (Sensory Records), Backward Sky Falling, and releases music under his own name (Wayfarer Records).