The Congregation

Record Release Party for The Congregation

The Congregation

Bassel and the Supernaturals

Sat, November 7, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$12.00

Tickets at the Door

The Congregation
The Congregation
Classic soul meets rock & roll in this dynamic eight-piece collective from Chicago. The Congregation features Gina Bloom, a singer whose raw and powerful vocals are underscored by Charlie Wayne’s dynamic guitar riffs, the band’s rock and soul rhythm section and the lively call and response of a three-piece horn section. When it comes to the songwriting, you won’t find any sugarcoated love songs here–you’ll get a little bit of longing and a whole lot of wronging.

"Record Collection", the Congregation's upcoming album release, is a love letter to the classic rock and R&B records that have shaped the band's sound since they arrived on the scene as one of Chicago Tribune's “11 Bands to Watch in 2011”. The record is an eagerly awaited follow-up to their debut album "Right Now Everything" which was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times as one of the ten best local releases of 2012 and hailed as an "instant classic" by The Deli Magazine. While the Congregation's band members feel most at home on the small stages of Chicago, the band's stop-and-take-notice sound and electrifying live sets have earned them the opportunity to perform on stadium bills with acts like Wilco and the Flaming Lips and on the small screen with appearances on ABC7's "Windy City Live", WGN's "Music Lounge", Science Channel's "Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" and BBC's "Horizon".
Bassel and the Supernaturals
Combine a Syrian heart with Midwestern soul to find Bassel Almadani commanding the microphone with passion so intense that it will send shivers down your spine. No stranger to adversity himself, Bassel's ties to his family abroad remain stronger than ever as they endure an ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria. The soulful music of Bassel & The Supernaturals draws a deep connection between the ongoing chaos in his parents' homeland and his personal experiences growing up in the US. Despite a series of challenges in Bassel's personal life since 2010 - including a massive house fire, the theft of his automobile, and a handful of bone fractures - his focus on global awareness and charity has never been greater. In addition to performing in clubs and festivals across the nation, Bassel has partnered with universities and charity organizations nationwide to host seminars, workshops, and benefit concerts drawing attention to the crisis in Syria along with issues related to Arab/Muslim-American hostility in the US.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com