That Suite Sound

Hey all, we wanted to give you a little update on what’s going on with the new album. Back in February we spent our first weekend at Pieholden Suite Sound. During that weekend, we tracked 5 songs to analog tape–Record Collection, Under My Skin, Sentimental One, They Will Fall and Gonna Get You Back–if you’ve been to a recent show you’ve probably heard one or two of them! Since then we’ve been back for a number of sessions and have completed all of our overdubs on the first half of the album. We’ve also been getting the next batch of songs ready to lay down in August. We still have a lot of work to do–more recording before mixing, mastering and finally pressing onto vinyl! It’s too soon to say when we’ll be done, but we are working to get it out to you guys as soon as possible (but not before it’s ready).

P.S. We’ll be back on stage at FitzGerald’s Nightclub in Berywn, IL on Saturday, June 14th. Come out and see us!

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!


The warm weather this week has us looking forward to getting outside this summer! We’re excited to be returning to Taste of Chicago to headline the Bud Light Stage on Friday, July 12th. The full lineup for “We’ve Got the Blues” Day is The Congregation (6:20), Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials (5:20), Zora Young (4), Tommy McCracken (2:40), Omar Coleman (1:20) and Mary Lane (12). ALL AGES AND ALL FREE.

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!