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By Matthew D. Fritz

The Congress

From?: Denver

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.

Shameless web plug:

www.thecongressmusic.com

O.K. When?: Bluebird Theater, July 1; Southern Sun Brewery, July 5.

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