“Women of Prog Rock 2018”



PLUS Prog Award Winner, SCHOOLTREE, LAURA MEADE of IZZ Debuting her New Album & HYPASPACE from Berklee College of Music

Wednesday, May 9th at 7:30pm

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$45.00 [Plus fee] for Select Patron Seats (Limited to the FRONT CENTER ORCHESTRA) and $25.00 [Plus fee] for the remaining seats…

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...Wednesday, May 9th at 7:30pm                         TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW


Bill Bruford [Yes, King Crimson, Genesis etc.]: The playing sounds uniformly dynamite and quality oozes from every pore. You’ve worked so hard on this, I wish you and the music all the success you deserve.

Roine Stolt [Flower Kings, Transatlantic]: Your band is one of the very few I can see a real true potential in and I’m sure you have many new fabulous albums coming in the near future.

Jim Derogatis [NPR’s “Sound Opinions”, Rolling Stone Magazine]: District 97 is a wildly ambitious progressive-rock group whose youth belies its accomplishments onstage and on its new “Hybrid Child” CD.

Paul Bielatowicz [Carl Palmer Band, Neal Morse]: We made our way back to the hotel and I put on District 97’s CD while finishing my nachos – what a GREAT album!

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. One listen perfectly illustrates why John Wetton said, “I’ve said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt.”

DISTRICT 97 was formed in the fall of 2006 by drummer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and guitarist Sam Krahn (replaced in 2008 by current guitarist Jim Tashjian). 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. She was followed shortly thereafter by one of Chicago’s finest young guitarists, Jim Tashjian. With this new blend of charisma and stellar musicianship in place, their live shows over the past several years at festivals such as RoSfest and Prog Dreams II and V, and numerous appearances across the USA, UK and Europe cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with onstage, as well as in the recording studio. 

In August 2015, Rob Clearfield and Patrick Mulcahy left the group and were eventually succeeded by Andrew Lawrence and TIm Seisser, respectively. The new lineup 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. District 97 has recently launched THE INSIDE THE VAULT CLUB at http://www.district97.net/insidethevaultclub, a monthly subscription series featuring exclusive audio and video downloads, as well as physical releases, the first of which being their stunning Live At De Boerderij DVD. They joined the Dave Kerzner Band for the joint STATIC VAULTS US tour in Fall 2017, and ended 2017 with a pair of shows with Consider The Source. 2018 will see the band return to RoSfest in Gettysburg, PA, as well as begin recording their fourth studio album.

From siren song of doom to shredding anthem of the righteous, Schooltree is art rock built for an amphitheater. Their second studio release and multimedia epic Heterotopia is a “fantastically, defiantly ambitious” (NPR) rock opera double album, fusing the research of classical music and literature with high-voltage pop songwriting in an absorbing, allegorical story.

Morphing vocals crystallize characters, bombastic drums thump odd-time grooves under melodic moog hooks, lush string sections and stacked guitar choirs move in a thick sonic wall. A dark call from the bottom of a river beckons you to leap, while a glitching angel’s voice stutters in and out of spacetime to guide you to salvation. This is the music of dream and nightmare — a prism of sound shining through a crack in the sidewalk from another world.

Led by “determined frontwoman” (WBUR) and artist/producer with a “singular view on all things musical” (Fireworks Magazine) Lainey Schooltree, the grant-awarded 5-piece band charts a stubbornly individualistic path in the era of the algorithm-driven pop single with this effort, including an immersive multi-sensory show and illustrated book.

In late Spring, Laura Meade will release her first full-length studio album which features special guest artists including several of her IZZ bandmates. Laura’s album combines her passion for musical theatre with her art-rock sensibilities. Founded by Galgano brothers (Tom and John) IZZ has performed at numerous venues and festivals including, Rosfest, CalProg, Progday, and Nearfest. “As one of the brightest lights in the American progressive/art rock scene, IZZ melds classic and modern prog influences, strong melodies, and stirring guitar and synthesizer solos into a familiar, yet refreshing, musical stew.”
— NEARFest.com

Formed around Berklee College Of Music in late 2000. They have since toured the United States and Canada while releasing four studio albums and performing original instrumental rock.

STEVE MARCHENA (Guitar) graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2000, where he majored in guitar performance. Upon graduation, he was a founding member of the classical guitar chamber ensemble “The Back Bay Guitar Trio”, which featured two of his former teachers. Together, they released two studio albums, and toured as far as Europe. IN ADDITION TO Back Bay Guitar Trio performances, Steve also began touring with the instrumental rock group Hypaspace, with whom he released four studio albums in the space of a decade. In the year 2004, Steve won the first four rounds of Guitar Center’s famous competition, “Guitarmageddon”. He has since returned to Berklee as a featured artist, and also as an instructor during their popular summer program, “Guitar Week”. Steve went on to receive the “Outstanding Arts Instructor Award” from Bentley University in Waltham, MA, where he served for four years as Artist-in-residence. He has performed with The Boston Modern Orchestra Project and The Metropolitan Chorale, and has shared the stage with Al Di Meola, Nuno Bettencourt, Harvey Reid, J. Geils and many other famous guitarists. Steve is currently endorsed by Ortega Guitars. More information is available at WWW.STEVEMARCHENA.COM

PENNY LARSON (DRUMS), the daughter of a drummer, first picked up sticks at the age of three. Her teens included several years marching in Drum & Bugle Corps layered with concurrent drum set studies, culminating with a Drum Corps International Division 3 World Championship, and a finalist position in 1990’s Boston’s Best Drummer competition. She studied Traditional Composition at Berklee College of Music and received the prestigious Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall Award. Her ongoing education has included studies with Dave Weckl, Billy Cobham, Nancy Zeltsman, Vance Gordon, Skip Hadden, Ed Kaspik, and many others. Penny is a founding member of the progressive instrumental rock band Hypaspace, with whom she has recorded four studio releases and toured the United States and Canada. Penny is endorsed by Vater Percussion. More information is available at www.pennylarson.com

MATT HAIN (BASS) began playing bass at the age of 9, when his friends needed a bass player for their garage band. He instantly fell in love with the instrument. Matt began to study under the late Merik Kocandrle, former professor at Berklee College of Music. In high school he played upright bass in jazz band and orchestra. Matt attended the bass guitar summer program at Berklee College of Music for several years. He was the co-founder of the Worcester, MA based experimental funktastic rock band, Sandal Machine Foot, whom he toured with throughout the United States in the late 2000’s and relesed three studio albums. Matt is currently the newest addition to the progressive instrumental rock band Hypaspace.