Fermilab Arts Series: Soul meets rock ‘n’ roll in music of The Congregation – Aug. 17

The Congregation kicks off the 2013-14 Fermilab Arts Series on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Ramsey Auditorium.

An act that played this year’s Taste of Chicago festival and recently opened for the Flaming Lips and Wilco will perform in Ramsey Auditorium on Saturday.

The 2013-14 Fermilab Arts Series kicks off with a powerful musical offering, the soul-meets-rock ‘n’ roll sounds of The Congregation, an eight-piece collective from Chicago. The concert takes place on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.

The Congregation features Gina Bloom, a singer whose raw and powerful vocals are underscored by the band’s garage rock rhythms, the lively call and response of a three-piece horn section, and the dynamic guitar riffs of Charlie Wayne (also known as Fermilab theoretical astrophysicist Dan Hooper).

The band was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of 11 Bands to Watch in 2011 and was recently featured in Paste magazine as one of 10 Illinois Bands You Should Listen to Now. The Congregation’s stop-and-take-notice sound earned the group the opportunity to share a triple stadium bill with Grammy-winning band Wilco and critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, as well as with another all-star lineup featuring the Flaming Lips and Garbage last year.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for attendees under 18. Visit the Fermilab Arts Series Web page for more information or to reserve seats.

Read more about The Congregation guitarist and Fermilab scientist Dan Hooper in symmetry.