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This eight piece outfit from Chicago 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.
Indie artist/producer Mathien exists in a diverse world of intersecting styles and unique musical landscapes, which serve as a platform for his songwriting. Born and raised in various Chicago suburbs, Mathien began releasing homemade tracks while in high school, eventually moving his lo-fi production studio into the resident halls of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. After much regional success as a live act, he was signed to Midwest Music Group and relocated to Chicago where he embarked on several US tours and recorded 3 albums. In need of change, Mathien recorded, Unique Man, in 2014 and moved to Tennessee, dropping the album as his first independent release since 2006’s, Head Heart and Hands. The years that followed proved to be exceedingly productive for the artist, releasing several albums and beat tapes including, C.A.L.M, DoWhutNah?!, and The Freedom Tapes, which produced the infectious underground hit “Wurlitzer Crowley”. Today, Mathien works as a composer for film and television, while continuing to release albums and perform internationally.