By Matthew D. Fritz
Who ’dat?: Jonathan Meadows (vocals/guitar), Scott Lane (guitars), Damon Scott (drums and percussion) Dwight Thompson (bass)
Myspace Categorization?: Soul/Americana/ Rock
We’re not saying they are these guys, but they kind of sound like: The Band
What’s their deal?: The Congress’s live shows are a fluid amalgamation of genre bending music that can transport a listener from the intersection of Haight-Ashbury to the bruyant bustle of the French Quarter. Head north toward the Mason-Dixon Line and you’ll find The Congress sipping on whiskey in Appalachia. The band manages to achieve this sound in a delicate and concise way, embracing improvisation and resolve, leading to a polished, worldly and song-driven mentality that connects with a diverse cross section of fans on a deeply fundamental level.
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O.K. When?: Bluebird Theater, July 1; Southern Sun Brewery, July 5.