Next week we hit The Empty Bottle for the first ever Bottle Hop! We’ll be joined by The Tenders (a 1950s rock & roll cover band featuring our own Dan Wendt on Drums, Charlie Wayne on guitar and Erik Eiseman on sax, as well as members of The Sometimes Family, The Laureates and Warm Ones), Jon Williams & The Chandelier Swingers and DJ Dan Maloney. Music starts at 9PM. We’ll be on ’round midnight.

Save the date…
December 20, 2013.

The Bottle Hop, a pre-xmas sock hop at The Empty Bottle, featuring The Congregation, The Tenders (1950s rock & roll performed by members of Warm Ones, The Laureates, The Sometimes Family and The Congregation), Jon Williams and The Chandelier Swingers (western swing)
and DJ Dan Maloney (spinning vinyl).

Tickets on sale now at

Seems we’ve been too busy to post 😉

Working on new tunes…plans to record soon.


This week the cities of Evanston, IL and Decatur, IL host us for two FREE, ALL AGES concerts in the park. Bring yo’ kids, bring yo’ wife.

Thursday, July 25th 7:30pm-9pm – The City of Evanston’s annual Food Truck Fest and Starlight Concert comes to Brummel Park with delectable food truck delights and the music of The Congregation.

Saturday, July 27th 7pm-9pm – The Decatur Park District presents Sounds of Summer Concert in the Park: The Congregation at Anne and Al Swartz Pavilion at Hickory Point.

Join us for some summer fun in the Land of Lincoln!

Live from Studio 10!

Catch us tonight at 8PM CT on Vocalo 90.7FM’s “Live from Studio 10”. We’ll be performing a live set and talking shop with MusicVox host Jesse Menendez.

 Tune in to 90.7FM in Chicago or stream it live at


Join us in celebration of Chicago music as Chicago Mixtape turns two. February 23rd at Empty Bottle (our EB debut!)  Click here for tix.

Live Sets The CongregationPsalm OneSantahAnimal City
DJ Sets White Mystery
Analog Video Art by brownshoesonly
Masters of Ceremony Alison Cuddy (WBEZ) and Casey Meehan (Chicago Mixtape)


Two and a half years ago we recorded Not for Sleepin’ at West Town Recording–a basement studio in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The latest release to come out of WTR is The Jordan Year’s “Homemade Hustler”. It’s funky, soulful and provocative. We’re very excited to be joining TJY for their record release show at Subterranean on Friday, February 1st.  The lineup also includes The Skinny (instrumental soul, think Booker T & the MGs!) and DJ Intel on the turntables.

Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. Must be 21+ with ID to get in.

Hope to see you at the show!

Happy 2013!

Few things…

1/4/13 – Show at Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier – 7:30pm

1/10/13 – TV appearance on WGN‘s Midday News 12-1pm central
(WGN/The CW 9 in Chicago) (WGN America channel varies nationally)

1/11/13 – Show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago – 9PM

And in case you missed it over the holidays….
We made the Chicago Sun-Times list of best local albums.
And Deli Magazines’s list of best Chicago acts.


This Saturday, December 1st, The Congregation will be performing at FitzGerald’s with Go Long Mule and The Crane Wives. This will be our last show of the year–what a year it has been! We’re looking forward to closing out 2012 with an evening of great music at this legendary music venue. We hope you can join us! Click here for tickets.

P.S. We’re very excited about what we’ve got in store for 2013, including upcoming Chicago shows at Lincoln Hall, Subterranean and The Hideout. We’ll be hitting the road to showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas in March. And the band will be featured on an upcoming episode Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. We’ll be debuting new music all along the way as well!

Right Now Everything!