On Sunday, May 20th, the 21st Annual WORT Block Party will once again help celebrate the voices of listener sponsored community radio by bringing us all together for a day of local food, art, beverages and live music. The final act of the day to entertain will be The Congregation from Chicago. This eight piece band is all raw grit and soul. Led by wailing front woman Gina Bloom, The Congregation kicks your door down with raucous horns, a rock and soul rhythm section and high-intensity guitar solos. From heart-stirring ballads to hip shaking soul jams, this band will leave you with a tear in your eye and sweat at your feet.
I had the opportunity to talk with guitarist, Charlie Wayne about the upcoming set at the Block party and just what kind of melding of musicianship and sonic pleasure the community is in store for when the band hits the stage and delivers. Charlie takes a little time to fill us in as to why it was such an easy decision to come on over to Madison and be a part of the block party and the music scene here. Like many of us, it seems like WORT holds a special place in Charlie’s heart. This conversation also provides a peek into the window of new music to learn about how much of this set will be brand new songs, and just when, and what kind of new album perhaps we are in store for next from this powerhouse group.