Wilco Announces Summer Show Featuring The Congregation

Jeff Tweedy, leader of the band Wilco, announced Monday on Chicago radio station 93XRT’s morning show that his band will perform live at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Sunday, July 8th with Andrew Bird and The Congregation.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 7 at 10 am CT. Admission is $50 ea. and free for all children ages 4 and under. Tickets will be available online at eTix.com and at the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark ticket office and can also be purchased at The Vic Theatre box office with no service charge (3145 North Sheffield in Chicago).

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Double Dutch Daughter’s Philly Homecoming!

The youngest Double Dutch Daughter is about to take Philly by storm! Raised on Motown and Philly soul (and annoying family music practices– thx @blizoom), Gina Bloom raises the roof as the lead singer of this 8-piece soul band called The Congregation. Named among Chicago Tribune’s “11 Bands to Watch in 2011” and Metromix Chicago’s “Top 12 Bands at Taste of Chicago 2011”, they are already in high demand on the Chicago circuit, including recent appearances at “Taste of Chicago,” the Double Door, Reggie’s SXSW Showcase and a television appearance on ABC7’s morning show Windy City Live.

Now, they are ready to dazzle the Delaware Valley.

The band’s Philadelphia area performances include:

2639 N Poplar Street, Philadelphia, PA
Doors open at 8pm / 21 + / $10

8/13 – Musikfest – Americaplatz at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

Bethlehem, PA
7pm-8:30pm
All Ages / Free

Check them out on Facebook and YouTube. And follow them on Twitter @congregationchi.

You’ll love them. I know you will:

Japan: You Are Not Alone

I work for a global company called Aquent and recently I have been working on projects with my colleagues in several of our Japan locations. Fortunately, all of my coworkers are safe. But my heart aches for our Japanese friends and the broader communities that are suffering as they deal with the devastating impact of the earthquake and tsunami.

Aquent is raising money to benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society. The company is seeding a fund with $10,000 and will match donations dollar for dollar.

Thank you, Aquent, for your generous contribution and for your leadership in helping our global neighbors in need.

He’s Gone!

The youngest Double Dutch Daughter is keeping the family tradition alive with her latest band: The Congregation. Gina Bloom is the lead singer for this self-described “bluesy garage soul” band based in Chicago.

“He’s Gone” is the first single off the Congregation’s upcoming EP Not for Sleepin‘ and it is now available for digital download a the price of your choosing. (Go ahead, name your price!)

Get it here: http://www.thecongregation.bandcamp.com

Mark your calendars so you can be first in line for a copy of the new CD. The Record Release Party at Reggie’s Music Joint  in Chicago is scheduled for  Saturday, 12/11/10.

For more information:

Live from 30 Rock!

From NBC News, this is what happened TODAY on NBC:

Double Dutch Bus made the morning prime time when Hoda Kotb brought it to the masses in a karaoke segment on the Today Show with Kathie and Hoda. Kathie Leeappeared to have never heard the song (I guess she was busy with Cody when the song was dominating the airwaves) but Hoda got down! Girlfriend even knew all the words without the closed-captioning assist.

Check out the fun courtesy of Jezebel.com:

You Rock My World

Michael Jackson changed my life. Seriously. In all his freakishness, the man helped me bridge my adolescent confusion about music, life, race, and humanity. I idolized him as a kid– somewhere I still have the dangling MJ earrings that I prized. And for a few years from about 9 – 11 I think my hair styles pretty much mirrored his metamorphosis from black man to white woman. Even in death, his legacy continues to influence how I see the world. We are inherently imperfect and no one demonstrated that more than MJ. It’s almost impossible to characterize the pure joy he brought to the world through his music and dancing. The day after he passed away I was stuck on a seemingly endless train ride from BOS to PHL and I escaped from the business traveler hell by listening to Off the Wall:

So tonight gotta leave that nine to five up on the shelf
And just enjoy yourself
Groove, let the madness in the music get to you
Life ain’t so bad at all
If you live it off the wall
Life ain’t so bad at all (live life off the wall)
Live your life off the wall (live it off the wall)

You can shout out all you want to
‘Cause there ain’t no sin in folks all getting loud
If you take the chance and do it
Then there ain’t no one who’s gonna put you down
‘Cause we’re the party people night and day
Livin’ crazy that’s the only way

Pure joy! This song should be my anthem! And, right now, sitting at my desk trying to keep my eyes open on a slow Wednesday afternoon, just listening to the opening beats of “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” was enough to get me snapping my shoulders back and tapping my foot under my desk like an epileptic trying to control a seizure. I can’t imagine what the people in the building across the street think when they see me breaking down in my cube through the window. Actually, I can imagine: they wanna rock with me.

But that’s not all. Michael’s untimely death didn’t just make me nostalgic for the days of Thriller, it subjected me, like millions of others around the globe, to the 24/7 cycle of tributes, gossip, and news. And, out of that came my new appreciation of Off The Wall AND introduced me to music from his albums I missed when Michael lost me to Pearl Jam, Nirvana and U2 in the early 90s. Invincible is an incredible album. Actually, I think it was a couple years before it’s time. It’s holds it’s own against the catchy pop/dance songs being churned out by Justin, Britney and Rhianna today. “You Rock My World” just won’t get out of my head. (BTW, the video with Chris Tucker is one of Michael’s best.)

So, of course, you’re wondering: What’s your favorite Michael Jackson song? I certainly don’t have just one. And, I can’t even get into Jackson 5 songs in this post. I’ll save that for another day. As of today, these are my favorites. The ones that lift me from fits of despair, instill hope, inspire brilliance and just make me happy:

PYT

Rock With You

Human Nature

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

You Rock My World

Off The Wall

Girlfriend

Go directly to iTunes and have a listen. It will make your day. “‘Cause we’re the party people night and day. Living crazy that’s the only way.”

The blog is back

Wow,  I can’t believe how long it’s been.  I just returned from a fab trip to Hawaii with the Double Dutch Family. DD Dad entertained the masses at Germaine’s Luau outside Honolulu:Despite the crap weather, we all had a great time! Dad announced on the trip that Frankie is interested in collaborating again. Maybe the Double Dutch is back on the street.