The Congress Announces New Drummer, New Home & Winter Tour

By Scott Bernstein Jan 26, 2016 8:31 am PST

There’s big news from The Congress as the blues-rock quartet have not only announced a change to their lineup, but also a new home and have filled out a Winter Tour that starts tonight.

We’ve known The Congress as a Colorado band since the group spent the last six years based out of the Centennial State, yet they originally came from Richmond and now have relocated to their hometown in an effort to move closer to their families. “We had been talking about moving home for years, and it just made sense with our tours,” said founding member Jonathan Meadows. “Plus, we’re ocean people from Virginia, the Colorado mountains were cold all the time. And it’s just come full circle with Raph now. Scott and I used to play with him at Emilio’s all the time before we moved, he’s a great player and more importantly, a great friend.”

The band’s lineup will be rounded out by drummer Raphael Katchinoff, who is also in surf-punk band The Milkstains, recently played at the Lockn’ Festival with The Southern Belles and has spent the last three years touring the East Coast with them. “I’m really excited for this opportunity but mostly it’s just really cool for the Richmond community,” said Katchinoff. “It’s great to have The Congress back in town and we all can’t wait to see where it goes.”

The Congress play a hometown show in Richmond tonight before traveling up to Vermont and back over the next three weeks.

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