The Congregation-Record Collection

It’s been a long wait for the new record by Chicago’s soul/r&b band The Congregation. Just before their last record they were opening for Wilco and Garbage, then it got a little silent in the aftermath of the release. Right Now Everything was at times a raucous jam of a blues record that I thought would propel these deserving musicians to the next level. I … Continue reading The Congregation-Record Collection

Taste Of Chicago 2013 Preview

The middle of July is quickly approaching, and the rising temperatures tell me that Taste Of Chicago is almost upon us. The city’s finest restaurants will supply the food, and a few of Chicago’s finest bands will be putting on free shows sponsored by Bud Light. So save up your nickels and dimes for the fun to start on Friday July 12th. Some folks have … Continue reading Taste Of Chicago 2013 Preview

The Congregation Record Release Show At Martyrs 9/28/12

When I found out that The Congregation were going to have their record release show at Martyrs, I was shocked. This is the same band who spent the summer playing opening sets for Wilco, The Flaming Lips and Garbage. I won’t complain, because our time is limited to see them play in small venues. I’ll jump at every chance they give us. It doesn’t hurt … Continue reading The Congregation Record Release Show At Martyrs 9/28/12

Chicago Blues Festival June 10th-June12th

There’s a lot going on this weekend in Chicago. I’m headed over to Rib Fest to check out my friends Fort Frances, and following that with Ezra Furman and the Harpoons. There are some good shows elsewhere, but if I didn’t have plans, I’d be getting ready to do a little jammin’ at the Chicago Blues Fest. We get a lot of festivals in the … Continue reading Chicago Blues Festival June 10th-June12th