PFM (PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI)
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) (translation: Award-winning Marconi Bakery) is an Italian progressive rockband. They were the first Italian group to have success abroad, entering both the British and American charts. Between 1973 and 1977 they released five albums with English lyrics. They also had several successful Europeanand American tours, playing at the popular Reading Festival in England and on a very popular national television programme in the U.S.A.
PFM introduced new sounds, such as the synthesizer, to the Italian musical world. They were also among the first to combine symphonic classical and traditional Italian musical influences in a rock music context. Such innovations and their longevity have made them among the most important bands in the international Progressive rock genre.
The band was formed in the Fall of 2006 by drummer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and guitarist Sam Krahn (eventually replaced 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 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’, along with appearances at festivals such as CalProg 2010 in Whittier, CA. In May 2010, the band signed with Laser’s Edge, the foremost home of new Progressive music. Laser’s Edge oversaw worldwide physical and digital release of District 97′s debut effort, Hybrid Child, which was released to worldwide acclaim in September 2010, and went on to top many “Best of 2010″ lists. Appearing on the recording is cellist extraordinaire Katinka Kleijn of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra, who also joined the band on select live performances from 2008 through 2010. Recorded with two of Chicago’s best engineers, Manny Sanchez and Chris Harden (Billy Corgan, Fall Out Boy, Umphrey’s McGee etc.), the album balances a meticulous attention to detail and studio-craft with the visceral power of a rock band firing on all cylinders. Running the gamut from Meshuggah-inspired metal, the epic majesty of Yes, and the melodicism of the Beatles, Hybrid Child unveiled District 97 as a true force to be reckoned with, and one that has taken the music world by storm. With fans ranging from high school students to world-class musicians such as Bill Bruford, John Wetton and Carl Palmer, it appears no one is immune from the alluring new sounds of District 97.
$75 Above Stage VIP
includes access to balcony directly above stage and poster
$80 Red Chair VIP
includes reserved seating in plush red chair in balcony above bar, 3 hr call drink package and poster
$120 Front Row VIP
includes reserved chair directly in front of stage, and poster
$100 Dinner with the Band package VIP
includes dinner with PFM before show, access to soundcheck, early entry to show and poster