Say, “Amen!” The Congregation is heading to SXSW

After killing it at Reggies’ SXSW showdown in February and winning a spot on the bill at SXSW, The Congregation hits the road for Austin this week. Since launching their debut EP in December, the band has been bringing down the house for audiences all over Chicago. They are scheduled to make their out-of-state debut at the Jackalope where they will undoubtedly add to their coterie of rabid fans. So, if you are one of the thousands descending upon Austin for arguably the most exciting music event of the year, check out The Congregation for some old-school, heart aching soul music.

Who: The Congregation

When: Saturday, March 19. 12:00pm – 7:00 pm (The Congregation is scheduled for 4:30 pm.)

Where: Jackalope, 404 East 6th Street, Austin, TX

FREE SHOW, FREE BEER, FREE SWAG BAGS

The Line-up:
Noon- Chaperone
12:45p- Rival Sons
1:30p- Vertual Vertigo
2:15p- Coldcock Jones & the Shithawks
3:00p- Biters
3:45p- Green Sugar
4:30p- The Congregation
5:15p- Polock
6:00p- Dastardly
6:45p- Admiral Of Black

DJ Murderbot will be DJ’ing between sets until 4 pm.
Jason Magicks DJ’ing after that.

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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.

Madonna Gets Into the Double Dutch Groove

Madonna goes old school in her new Sticky and Sweet Tour! The show features a remix of “Into the Grove” that samples Double Dutch Bus as Madonna jumps rope. See for yourself:

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.)