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).


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
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:

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.

Double Dutch at the Bank

Just got word that Double Dutch is again being featured at the Phillies Game on the board during the Septa bus race. (Thanks for the tip, JRS.)

Dad and Raven

Not sure of the story yet… just know that Dad finally met Raven as the photo shows. Weird– she looks like she could be my sister.

Bill Bloom and Raven Symone

Bill Bloom, writer of Double Dutch Bus, and Raven Symone

My dad has a Wikipedia entry

I just think of my dad as my dad, so it was odd for me to discover he has his own Wikipedia reference.  This discovery led me to Google him to see where else he appears on the world wide web… I found that he has a wicked first place ranking for his website (nice SEO, dad!).  Elaine’s blog gets a second place ranking– pretty impressive for a post she made in 2005. From there the entries feature a variety of “Bill Blooms” from across the country. One of the more amusing finds is a quotation from dad in an Intelligencer article about the a protest in support of Siren Records in Doylestown: “The kids in Doylestown don’t get a fair shake,” Bloom said. “The borough’s attitude is kind of repressive.” He’s such a hippie, err, I mean so progressive.  Anyway, my favorite Google reference of dad links to video from the 2004 BMI awards where he’s rockin’ his gangsta sun glasses. That’s how he rolls…

iTunes Best of the Store March 4, 2008

Double Dutch Bus made it to the iTunes “Best of the Store” list this week!

Click here to download the single:

Raven-Symoné - Double Dutch Bus - Single - Double Dutch Bus