District 97 are an American Prog band formed in Autumn 2006 originally as an instrumental group. They were joined by American Idol finalist Leslie Hunt later on and is the group’s vocalist still. Veering away from their instrumental origins, with Hunt on board, the band’s stylistic directions and compositions changed to a more accessible progressive rock sound. Guitarist Jim Tashjian then came on board to finalize the current lineup.

The band signed with Laser Edge Records in May 2010, and released their debut album Hybrid Child that same year. In 2014, the group recorded a live performance of King Crimson songs with John Wetton called One More Red Night (Live in Chicago).