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Help District 97 take our music directly to the people who love it. We want to play for YOU!
Help District 97 take our music directly to the people who love it. We want to play for YOU!
Help District 97 take our music directly to the people who love it. We want to play for YOU!
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Update: Major Reward Upgrade!

It's the holiday season, and we want to do something special for our backers. As a way to say thank you, we will be sending all of you who have pledged $50 or more a download of a professionally filmed, full-length District 97 concert of the original lineup performing In Vaults in its entirety, as well as our unreleased cover version of 'Walking On Sunshine"! Check out more info HERE IN UPDATE 8.

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Hi everyone!

Well, it's been over a year since our last Kickstarter, when our fans came through BIG TIME  for us and enabled us to make our third studio album, In Vaults. That was a really incredible experience, and we hope we did everyone proud! The response to the album was phenomenal, and we received tons of messages from people asking us when we'd be going on tour and when we'd be coming to their city. Well, at the time Leslie was very far along in her pregnancy, so we knew it couldn't happen right away. And then, we had to find new bass and keyboard players, so that took some more time. But now, all the puzzle pieces are in place and we are ready to come play for you! So, the question becomes, how can we do this without losing our necks? 

Back when the music industry was booming, record labels used to bankroll world tours and provide bands with booking agents who would sort out all the particulars. Well, times have changed in a big way. That model has all but evaporated for those of us who came along in the 2010s. However, we still believe touring is a vital component of what we do. It is the culmination of creating new music; bringing it to the people who love it and want to experience it in the moment.

So, we humbly come before you yet again, and ask that you join us in helping us spread District 97 music near and far! Whether or not we're able to come to your area this time around (although there IS a reward level to bring us to your area), your pledge will help us thrive as a band and significantly widen our fan base (which can lead to more opportunities in the future). We've tailored the vast majority of the rewards to be just as fun and fulfilling whether or not you can come see a show. So, hop on board and let's bring some Prog to the people! 

Here's our itinerary for Europe (one or two more shows may still be added):

Saturday, March 26th-The Borderline-London, UK (w/Dave Kerzner Band) http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/ygb2603y Sunday, March 27th-

The Musician's Pub-Liecester, UK (W/Dave Kerzner Band) http://www.wegottickets.com/event/339099 Monday, March 28th-The 

Robin 2-Bilston, UK (W/Dave Kerzner Band) http://www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4290 Tuesday, 

March 29th-Sound Control, Manchester, UK (w/Dave Kerzner Band) http://www.soundcontrolmanchester.co.uk/events/dave-kerzner-band-district-97/ 

Thursday, March 31st-Das Rind, Russellsheim, DE (w/Dave Kerzner Band). More info coming soon.

 Friday, Aptil 1st-Art Rock IV Festival-Reichenbach, DE (w/IQ, RPWL and more) http://www.bergkeller-reichenbach.de/index.php?seite=konzerte 

Saturday, April 2nd, Z-Bau-Nuremburg, DE (w/Effloresce) More info coming soon

Sunday, April 3rd Progdreams Festival-Zoetermeer, NL (w/Three Friends, Focus and more) http://cultuurpodiumboerderij.nl/en/programme/progdreams-v-2/

We will also be touring the US Midwest/East Coast in May! We have one date confirmed so far:

Tuesday, May 17th at Roxy and Duke's-Dunellen, NJ. More info coming soon.

We are looking at further possibilities in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Philly, NYC and Boston. We'll keep you posted on tour dates as the campaign progresses.

Please contact us through the Kickstarter or at info@district97.net with any questions!

T-Shirt Design (Front)
T-Shirt Design (Front)
"All's Well That Ends Well" lyrics Page 1
"All's Well That Ends Well" lyrics Page 1
"Death By A Thousand Cuts" Lyrics (Page 1)
"Death By A Thousand Cuts" Lyrics (Page 1)

Note: At the conclusion of the campaign, we will contact all backers at $25 and up about whether they'd like a CD-R instead of a download, which can be arranged for a small additional fee. More details on that coming soon. 

Risks and challenges

So, to be clear, in the event that this Kickstarter is not funded, the tour will go on because we feel we owe it to our fans after they stepped up so big for us the last time around. HOWEVER, If the campaign is not a success, we will take a massive financial hit, and this would more than likely be the last major touring endeavor we'll be able to undertake for the foreseeable future. We are asking for the bare minimum to cover our travel expenses to avoid that fate.

If it IS a success though, this could open up a whole new avenue for us in terms of how we can approach touring, and reveal a new range of exciting possibilities that could enable us to come to areas we've never been (like Japan, for instance) or places we haven't been for a long time (like the US West Coast). But first, we need your help to have this campaign succeed! Let’s make it happen!!!

(Other challenges we could face include some sort of act of God type of event that prevents the tour from going forward. If that were to happen, rest assured we'd make every effort to reschedule any cancelled shows. If that wasn't doable, the rewards are structured in such a way that with some very slight alterations, they could all still be fulfilled and be just as enjoyable. But, fingers crossed, that's something we won't have to deal with!).

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    TOUR DIARY-Thanks for helping! You'll receive access to our exclusive tour diary. We'll write about our performances and travels, and ONLY backers will get to see it! We'll try to include some juicy stuff in there...

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    EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM-We'll be recording as much of the tour as we can, and we want you to hear it! We'll compile the best that we get in terms of sound quality and performance and send it to you to download.

    You'll also get the TOUR DIARY.

    ***Not one for downloads? That's OK! We'll burn you a CD-R and mail it to you. See the FAQ for details.***

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    IN VAULTS TOUR T-SHIRT-We always take pride in our visual art, and this shirt will be no exception. You'll receive a limited edition In Vaults Tour T-Shirt which will not be reprinted after they're gone.

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    TOUR SHIRT WITH YOUR NAME ON IT-This will be like the tour shirt, except it will feature an additional design on the back with YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR (along with your fellow backers). This way everyone will know that you're doing your part to keep uncompromising music alive.

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    LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE-This one is a doozy. We know a lot of our fans prefer physical media to downloads, so this is for you. We are releasing our first live album EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THIS CAMPAIGN, AND LIMITING IT TO 150 COPIES. After it's gone, it will not be available anywhere else, ever again.

    Disc 1 will feature our entire 70 minute END OF AN ERA performance, which was our last with the original lineup, recorded on August 21st, 2015 at Reggie's in Chicago. It was an emotional night for all of us. but we think that served the music well. So, we're proud to offer a "warts and all" document of that very important night. Disc 2 will be culled from the upcoming World Tour and feature exclusive tracks not available in the download version. The package will be professionally mixed and mastered by Mike Pietrini (who did One More Red NIght). It will also feature professional artwork in keeping with our visual standards and will be pressed on genuine CDs. We'll also throw in lossless downloads as well. This is a must have for the true D97 fan!

    You'll also get the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, and the TOUR SHIRT WITH YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR.

    *NOTE: THIS PACKAGE WILL BE INCLUDED IN PLACE OF THE "END OF AN ERA" DOWNLOAD IN ALL REWARD LEVELS ABOVE $100 (while supplies last).

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    SKYPE CONVO WITH LESLIE AND JONATHAN-We offered this the last time around, and had a great time talking to our fans! Talk to us via Skype for half an hour, We can discuss the tour, other D97 activities, whatever you want!

    You'll also get the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, the TOUR SHIRT WITH YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR, and "THE END OF AN ERA" LIVE RECORDING.

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    THE COMPLETE DISTRICT 97 COLLECTION-This reward is a great option for those who don't have our previous work, or would like to give it to someone as a gift. You'll receive our 3 studio albums, HYBRID CHILD, TROUBLE WITH MACHINES, and IN VAULTS. You'll also receive our live album with John Wetton of King Crimson classics, ONE MORE RED NIGHT, as well as the following live releases on CD-R: LIVE AT CALPROG, LIVE AT RITES OF SPRING, LIVE AT WFPK, in addition to a DVD-R movie of LIVE AT WFPK.

    You'll also get the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, the TOUR SHIRT WITH YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR, and the LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE.

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    SPOILS FROM THE ROAD-We'll send you a setlist hand-written by Leslie (she gets fancy with her setlists) and signed by the whole band, a signed pair of Jonathan's drumsticks, a drumhead signed by the band, and one of Jim's guitar picks; all used live. We'll try not to get too much sweat on them.

    You'll also get the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, the TOUR SHIRT WITH YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR, and the LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE.

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    PRIVATE MEET AND GREET-We're not one of those bands that brushes off its fans after a show. We appreciate everyone coming and like to have a chat with people, sign their merch etc. BUT, sometimes things get a bit rushed in the chaos of the gig. If you'd like a more personal experience with us, this reward is perfect. We'll set up a time to meet with you before or after a show, and you can pick our brains for a good half hour or so. Sound fun?

    You'll also get the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, the TOUR SHIRT WITH YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR, and the LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE..

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    ART ROCK IV FESTIVAL PASSES-You'll receive 2 passes for the Art Rock IV Festival in Reichenbach, Germany on Friday, April 1st. Also playing are IQ, RPWL and Effloresce! You'll also get a PRIVATE MEET AND GREET WITH D97.

    Also included are the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, the TOUR SHIRT WITH YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR, and the LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE..

    *If you only want one pass, contact us and we'll sort it out*

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    PROGDREAMS PASSES-You'll receive 2 passes for the PROGDREAMS FESTIVAL at Boerderij in Zoetermeer, Netherlands on Sunday, April 3rd. Also playing is THREE FRIENDS and more! You'll also get a PRIVATE MEET AND GREET WITH D97.

    Also included are the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, the TOUR SHIRT WITH YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR, and the LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE..

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    JONATHAN'S ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN LYRICS TO "DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS" From Jonathan's personal collection, you'll get his handwritten lyrics to "Death By 1000 Cuts" from In Vaults. There's no more personal a peek into the writing process than this! (Photos Coming soon)

    You'll also get the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, the TOUR SHIRT WITH YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR, and the LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE..

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    JONATHAN'S ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN LYRICS TO "ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL" From Jonathan's personal collection, you'll get his handwritten lyrics to "All's Well That Ends Well," from In Vaults. There's no more personal a peek into the writing process than this! (Photos Coming soon)

    You'll also get the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, the TOUR SHIRT WITH YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR, and the LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE.

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    COME TO A TOUR REHEARSAL-Come see how this Prog sausage gets made! Join us for a rehearsal at The Music Garage in Chicago for a peek at how we get our music together, and watch us break in the new guys (or vice versa)!

    *Note: Transportation to Chicago not provided. If you can't make it in person, this reward can be done over Skype.

    You'll also get the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, the TOUR SHIRT WITH YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR, and the LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE.

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    BE THE TOUR SVENGALI-We'll loop you in on everything that goes into a tour, from creating the setlists to booking the shows and planning the routes, you'll see how it all happens (unless you tell us to stop subjecting you to all of this). You'll also receive a PROMINENT TOUR MANAGER CREDIT on our TOUR SHIRT, which you'll of course receive. You'll also get 2 COMP TICKETS to the show of your choice and are invited to COME TO A TOUR REHEARSAL.

    Also included are the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, and the LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE..

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    BRING US TO YOUR TOWN-Are we not coming to your area, but you really want to see us live? Well, here's your chance to make it happen! We know this is a lot of money, so perhaps you could get some friends/family/like-minded music fans in your area to pitch in on this. But, we'll book a show in your area, or if there are no venues, we'll just play at your house (we've done it before and had a great time)!

    Note: Extra travel/lodging expenses will be incurred if location is over an 8-hour drive from Chicago and/or can't be fit in to our existing tour schedule. We will contact you to sort out those details.

    You'll also get the TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, the TOUR SHIRT WITH WITH YOU LISTED AS A TOUR SPONSOR, and the LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE.

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    YOU TELL US WHAT TO PLAY-We will cover the song of your choice OR put 3 D97 songs of your choosing into the setlist (up to 25 minutes worth), of which you will receive a recording.

    You'll also get everything described in THE TOUR SVENGALI, an invite to COME TO A REHEARSAL, 2 COMP TICKETS TO ANY SHOW, a T-SHIRT WITH PROMINENT TOUR MANAGER CREDIT, TOUR DIARY, the EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM, and the LIMITED EDITION OFFICIAL DOUBLE LIVE CD PACKAGE..

    *Note: cover song must fit certain guidelines in regards to length/difficulty etc. We'll contact you and sort it out.

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