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Congo Norvell
-Chronology-

(March 1990-September 1998: Los Angeles/New York City)
Congo Norvell 1994
Congo Norvell (1994): Joe Berardi/ Kid Congo Powers/ Sally Norvell/ Mary Mullen and Kristian Hoffman.


Chronology: a chronological overview of known concert dates (some with setlists and/or ads), 
dates of studio recordings, all line-ups, assorted trivia and other tall tales 
related to the American band Congo Norvell.
Date format is DD-MMM-YY.

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-

1990
The year in which the band is founded.

Kid Congo Powers, who left the Bad Seeds early 1990, was at the time still in the Gun Club and would be until spring 1992. In parallel he's starting a new band in Los Angeles,Congo Norvell, with Sally Norvell. Sally starred in Wim Wenders' "Paris,Texas" film in 1984 and came from Austin, Texas. In 1978 she sang in Gator Family, later in The Norvells (1978-1980) and Prohibition (1987-1988).


Line-up #1 (Los Angeles March/August 1990):
Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitar) and Chase Holiday (gong and keyboards)

13-Mar-90
US CA,Los Angeles,Club Lingerie
Joseph Fleury benefit
[with Swinging Madisons, Mumps, Bleaker Street Incident, Phranc Folksinger, Redd Kross and The Three O'Clock]

Note: First Congo Norvell live show. Joseph Fleury was the manager of Sparks, Milk 'n' Cookies, The Mumps and The Swinging Madisons (the latter two had Kristian Hoffman as member). This benefit is held for Joseph to help raise funds for his medical care. He died from AIDS on March 2, 1991 at the age of 37.


Death By Unnatural Causes 1990

1990
Sally and Kid star in "Death By Unnatural Causes" by short film by Karen Bellone and Lisa Rinzler.

Photo: Stills from movie.

Plot: A woman mourns her lover's death from AIDS.

Note: Starring Sally Norvell, Kid Congo Powers, Hank Dittmar [The Skunks], and others. Music by JD Foster, Marc Ribot, Arto Lindsay, Lounge Lizzards. "Everytime We Say Goodbye" [Cole Porter] and "Lullabye" [Congo Norvell] performed by Sally Norvell, Kid Congo Powers, Chase Holiday and Jim Sclavunos.


Hollywood 12-Aug-90

12-Aug-90
US CA,Hollywood,Roxy,Rob Ritter wake/memorial concert
[with The Bags, Gun Club, Thelonious Monster, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weirdos, Nymphs, 45 Grave]

Setlist: ?/ Song/ Lullabye.

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe.

Note: Former Gun Club/45 Grave bass player Rob Ritter died of an accidental heroin overdose while tour managing friend Don Bolles'[The Germs] band Celebrity Skin. Thelonious Monster consists out of Bob Forrest,Kid Congo Powers,Jeffrey Lee Pierce,Dix Denney and Chris Handsome. Congo Norvell's second live show.






1991
The year in which they record the "Lullabye" EP with a new line-up.

Line-up #2a (Los Angeles March 1991-March 1993):
Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitar)/ Kristian Hoffman (piano/keyboards)/Mary Mullen (stand-up bass)
and Jim Sclavunos (drums)

10-Apr-91
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,The Roxy
[support for Ride, with Lush]

11-Apr-91
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,The Roxy
[support for Ride, with Lush]

12-Apr-91
US CA,Long Beach,Bogarts
[support for Ride, with Carnival Art]

13-Apr-91
US CA,Los Angeles,Club Lingerie
[support for Ride]


03-Aug-91
US CA,Los Angeles,Club Lingerie
[with Crime & The City Solution]


xx-xxx-91
US CA,San Francisco,-
[with John Doe (X) reading poems]


1991/1992
US Recording sessions for the "Lullaby" EP @ Machine Elf Studios,North Hollywood, engineered by James Brenner and @ Dominion Sound Studios (rehearsal space and recording studio), Hollywood, engineered by Fred Drake.






1992
The year in which they support The Bad Seeds on their Californian live dates.

Spring 1992. Kid Congo Powers leaves The Gun Club at the end of their European tour
and returns to Los Angeles (US) to devote his time to his Congo Norvell band.


09-Aug-92
US CA,San Francisco,The Warfield
[support for Nick Cave & Bad Seeds]

Note: Likely with Travis John Alford on bass instead of Mary Mullen.


Hollywood 10-Aug-92

10-Aug-92
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,Roxy Theatre
support for Nick Cave & Bad Seeds]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Likely with Travis John Alford on bass instead of Mary Mullen.


12-Aug-92
US CA,Los Angeles,The Palace
[support for Nick Cave & Bad Seeds]

Note: Likely with Travis John Alford on bass instead of Mary Mullen.






1993
The year in which they record their first album "Music To Remember Him By", produced by Mick Harvey [Bad Seeds].

February 1993
US Release of the "Lullabye" EP (Fiasco records).


May/August 1993
US Recording sessions for the "Music To Remember Him By" album @ Grandma's Warehouse studio, Echo Park-Los Angeles (US), engineered by Machine Elf and produced by Mick Harvey [Bad Seeds]; @ RST, Los Angeles (US), engineered by Biscotti Curtis and produced by Mick Harvey; and @ Rancho de la Luna, Joshua Tree (US), engineered by Fred Drake and produced by Congo Norvell.


06-Nov-93
US NY,New York City,Wetlands
[support for Gun Club, with Last Tribe and Swinging Neckbrekkers]

Setlist: Night Too Long/ Long Time Woman/ Love/ Moonlight/ Golden Gates/ The Chosen One/ Rock My Child/ Drift Away/ Lullabye.

Note: First show outside of California.


Luna Park December 1993

01-Dec-93
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,Luna Park

08-Dec-93
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,Luna Park

15-Dec-93
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,Luna Park

22-Dec-93
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,Luna Park

29-Dec-93
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,Luna Park

Article: Review taken from the L.A. Times, 24-Dec-93, online archives.

Note: Wednesday night residency throughout December. Jim Sclavunos replaced by Keith Mitchell [Mazzy Star].






1994
The year in which they tour the USA for the first time.

Line-up #2b (Los Angeles Mar 1994-November 1994):
Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitar)/ Kristian Hoffman (piano/keyboards)/Mary Mullen (bass)
and Joseph -Joe- Berardi (drums,percussion).

Austin 19-Mar-94

19-Mar-94
US TX,Austin,Antone's
SXSW festival
[with Sir Douglas Quintet]

Setlist: Long Time Woman/ (Lawd You Made The) Night Too Long/ Moonlight/ The Chosen One/ Golden Gates/ Drift Away/ Angel/ ?/Lola/ Shelter/ Song/ Love.

Article: Review taken from Dangerous Rhythms spring '94.


San Francisco 26-Aug-94

26-Aug-94
US CA,San Francisco,The Fillmore
[support for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, with Geraldine Fibbers]

Poster: Photo of poster.


September 1994
US CA,Los Angeles, filming for "Long Time Women" video.


25-Oct-94
US Release of the "Music To Remember Him By" CD (Basura!/Priority Records).


18-Nov-94
US NY,New York City,Brownie's
[with Ass Ponys]

Setlist: Love/ Long Time Woman/ Moonlight/ Golden Gates/ Drift Away/ Shelter/ Rock My Child/ My Midnight/ Lullaby/ Thief/ (Lawd You Made The) Night Too Long.

Note: Start of first USA tour.


19-Nov-94
US MA,Cambridge,Middle East,Downstairs

20-Nov-94
US RI,Providence,-

21-Nov-94
US MA,Cambridge,Green Street Grill


23-Nov-94
US PA,Philadelphia,Khyber Pass

Setlist: Love/ Long Time Woman/ The Chosen One/ Golden Gates/ Moonlight/ Angel/ My Midnight/ Drift Away/ Thief.


25-Nov-94
US DC,Washington,-


26-Nov-94
US NY,New York City,The Cooler

Setlist: Love/ Long Time Woman/ Golden Gates/ The Chosen One/ Lola/ Dried Flowers/ My Midnight/ Drift Away/ Lullaby/ Thief/ Shelter/ (Lawd You Made The) Night Too Long.


New York City 27-Nov-94

27-Nov-94
US NY,New York City,Mercury Lounge
[with Marc Ribot, You and What Army]

Setlist: Lullaby/ Love/ Long Time Woman/ Moonlight/ Golden Gates/ Lola/ Dried Flowers/ My Midnight/ Drift Away/ Thief/ Shelter/ (Lawd You Made The) Night Too Long.

Article: Review taken from Dangerous Rhythms winter '94/'95.

Note: The remaining scheduled shows in Chicago,Detroit,Texas shows are cancelled due to tour support money dropping out.






1995
The year in which they tour Europe, for the first and only time, tour the USA, and record a new album,
"The Dope,The Lies,The Vaseline" with a new line-up.

07-Mar-95
US CA,San Francisco,DNA Lounge
[with Timco]

Note: Line-up for this show was Sally Norvell (vocals), Kid Congo Powers (guitar) and Kristian Hoffman (acoustic grand piano).


01-Apr-95
US CA,San Francisco-Mission District,Noe Valley Ministry
[with Simon Bonney]

Setlist: a.o. Wailing Woman// Lonesome Valley/ Lullabye.

Note: Line-up for this show was Sally Norvell (vocals), Kid Congo Powers (guitar) and Kristian Hoffman (acoustic grand piano). Above tracks released on "Live In The Mission" 7" (Triple X 1995).


Spring 1995. Bill Bronson [later Swans/Angels Of Light] joins on bass and Hoagie Hill [The Blue Daisies] on keyboards.
Jim Sclavunos returns while off duty from The Bad Seeds.


Line-up #3 (Los Angeles June/October 1995):
Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitar)/ Bill Bronson (bass)/ Hoagie Hill (keyboards) and Jim Sclavunos (drums).

19-Jun-95
DE Frankfurt,Cooky's
[with Little Annie]

20-Jun-95
DE München,Substanz
[with Little Annie]

21-Jun-95
DE Konstanz,Uni
[with Little Annie]

22-Jun-95
DE Stuttgart,Röhre
[with Little Annie]

23-Jun-95
DE Köln,Underground
[with Little Annie]

24-Jun-95
DE Berlin,Knaack club
[with Little Annie]

25-Jun-95
DE Hamburg,Markthalle
[with Little Annie]

26-Jun-95
DE Bielefeld,Elfenbein
[with Little Annie]

27-Jun-95
DE Würzburg,AKW
[with Little Annie]

28-Jun-95
DE Dresden,Star Club
[with Little Annie]

29-Jun-95
DE Hannover,Glocksee
[with Little Annie]

Note: First and only European tour.


30-Jun-95
BE Opwijk,Jeugdhuis Nijdrop

Setlist: Love/ Long Time Women/ Golden Gates/ Murder/ Angel/ Lola/ My Midnight/ Drift Away/ Thief/ Cruel/ The Chosen One.

Note: Tail-end of their only European tour, during a massive heatwave. The band were "hot, tired and silly by that point" (Little Annie quoted from her autobiography "You can't sing the blues while drinking milk" book). During Little Annie's support act Sally tied Annie up with the mic cord and during Congo Norvell's encore Annie and Sally threw onions as big as oranges into the audience. No one got hit, as there were only 12 people attending."The promotor later called [Annie's] manager to tell him it was the worst show he had ever put on" (quote from the same book).


02-Jul-95
DE Krefeld,Kulturfabrik
[with Little Annie]

Note: May have been cancelled, else last date on European tour.


07-Jul-95
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory
[with Little Annie]

12-Jul-95
US GA,Athens,Midtown Music Hall
[with Subsonics]

17-Jul-95
US NY,Buffalo,-

xx-xxx-95
CA ON,Toronto,-

19-Jul-95
CA PQ,Montréal,-

Note: Possibly with Joe Berardi on drums, replacing Jim Sclavunos who could have been recording the "Murder Ballads" album with The Bad Seeds.


Portland 20-Jul-95

20-Jul-95
US ME,Portland,Zootz
[with Coulter]

Ad: Taken from Casco Bay Weekly 20-Jul-95.

Note: Possibly with Joe Berardi on drums, replacing Jim Sclavunos who could have been recording the "Murder Ballads" album with The Bad Seeds.


22-Jul-95
US NY,New York City,The Mercury Lounge
[with The Contortions]

Note: Possibly with Joe Berardi on drums, replacing Jim Sclavunos who could have been recording the "Murder Ballads" album with The Bad Seeds.


Summer 1995
US CA,Los Angeles, recording sessions for the "The Dope,The Lies,The Vaseline" album". Engineered, mixed and produced by Joe Chiccarelli. Guest: William -Bill- Tutton [Geraldine Fibbers] (bass).


Hollywood xx-Sep-95

xx-Sep-95
US CA,Hollywood,Dragonfly Bar, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd.
[with Gun Club, L7 and Geraldine Fibbers]

Photo: Taken from Billboard magazine 20-Jan-96.

Note: Benefit for Travis John Alford, with David Sims [Jesus Lizard] on bass. Travis John died in December 1995 of AIDS related causes. Kid interviewed @ newyorknighttrain.com:"We actually played a benefit concert for this friend of mine Travis John Alford. We were raising money for him to make this record ("Lucky Pierre", ed.). He was a friend of mine who was dying of AIDS and trying to finish this record. So me and L7 and Carla (Bozulich) and the Geraldine Fibbers and The Gun Club and I think even Congo Norvell played. I did double duty. And we made concert and raised a lot of fun and it was really good. And that show went really well."


04-Oct-95
US CA,San Francisco,DNA Lounge

06-Oct-95
US OR,Portland,Satyricon


Seattle 08-Oct-95

08-Oct-95
US WA,Seattle,The Crocodile
[with Timco]

Setlist: Murder/ Drift Away/ Long Time Woman/ Girl Who Would Be King/ Wailing Woman/ Golden Gates/ (Lawd You Made The) Night Too Long/ Lay With Dogs/ Summer Nights/ Thief/ The Chosen One/ Lullabye.

Poster: Photo of poster.


13-Oct-95
US AZ,Tucson,Club Congress
[with The Zero Kings and Doo Rag]


20-Oct-95
US CA,Los Angeles,Jabberjaw
[support for FM Einheit & Caspar Brötzmann]






1996
The year in which they relocate to New York City, when it becomes clear that their label, Priority, decided that they weren't going to put out alternative records anymore.

1996. Paul Wallfisch [Firewater, later Botanica] takes over on keyboards.


Line-up #4a (New York City April/October 1996):
Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitar)/ Bill Bronson (bass)/ Paul Wallfisch (keyboards) and Jim Sclavunos (drums).

03-Apr-96
US NY,New York City,Mercury Lounge

Note: First show after moving to NYC.


New York City 09-Apr-96

09-Apr-96
US NY,New York City,Coney Island High
[with Sulphur and Holy Cow]

Flyer: Courtesy of Ryan Skeleton Boy.


04-May-96
US MA,Cambridge,T.T. the Bear's


New York City 28-May-96

28-May-96
US NY,New York City,Brownie's
[with Kim Salmon & The Surrealists]

Review: Taken from the New York Times online archives, June 01, 1996.


30-May-96
US DC,Washington,Black Cat


16-Jul-96
US NY,New York City,Brownie's
Macintosh New York Music festival

18-Jul-96
US NY,New York City,Luna Lounge
sMACfest
[with Chrome Cranks & Jonathan Fire*Eater]

20-Jul-96
US DC,Washington,Black Cat

Note: For these summer dates Phil Puleo [Swans] takes over on drums, while Jim is touring with The Bad Seeds.


New York City 12-Aug-96

12-Aug-96
US NY,New York City,Mercury Lounge
[with Foetus]

Photo: Credit Ryan Skeleton Boy. Used with kind permission.

Note: For these summer dates Phil Puleo [Swans] takes over on drums, while Jim is touring with The Bad Seeds.


11-Sep-96
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory
CMJ fest

21-Sep-96
US NY,New York City,Time Cafe-Fez club
[with Lazy Boy]

11-Oct-96
US NY,New York City,Brownie's
[with Voltaire]


December 1996. Brian Emrich [Foetus] takes over on bass.


Line-up #4b (New York City December 1996):
Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitar)/ Brian Emrich (bass)/ Paul Wallfisch (keyboards) and Jim Sclavunos (drums).

27-Dec-96
US NY,New York City,Mercury Lounge

31-Dec-96
US NY,New York City,Brownie's
[with Valentine Six and Lovecraft]

Note: Jim -Foetus- Thirlwell joins for the Brownie's show.






1997
The year in which they record their "Abnormals Anonymous" album.

Line-up #4c (New York City January 1997-September 1998):
Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitar)/ Brian Emrich (bass)/ Paul Wallfisch (keyboards) and Jim Sclavunos (drums).

04-Jan-97
US NJ,Hoboken,Maxwell's
[with Elysian Fields]

25-Jan-97
US NY,New York City,Time Cafe-Fez club
[with Lazy Boy]

22-Mar-97
US NY,New York City,Brownie's


Summer 1997
US NY,New York City, recording sessions for the "Abnormals Anonymous" album. Recorded @ Excello Studios, Brooklyn, engineered by Bryan Martin. Additional recording @ Harrold Dessau Studios, engineered by Roger Scheepers.


11-Nov-97
US Release of the "Abnormals Anonymous" album (Jet Set records).


28-Nov-97
US DC,Washington,Black Cat

xx-Dec-97
US NY,New York City,The Cooler
WFMU benefit


New York City 31-Dec-97

31-Dec-97
US NY,New York City,Mercury Lounge
[with Combustible Edition]

Photo: Credit Ryan Skeleton Boy. Used with kind permission.

Ticket: Ticket courtesy of Ryan Skeleton Boy.






1998
The final year for the band.

20-Feb-98
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory
[with Valentine Six]

22-Feb-98
US MA,Cambridge,Green Street Grille

xx-xxx-98
US ME,Portland,Zootz


24-Mar-98
US NY,New York City,Coney Island High
[support for The Damned]

Note: The Damned then had Patricia Morrison [ex Gun Club] in their line-up.


24-Apr-98
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory


New York City 30-May-98

30-May-98
US NY,New York City,Tompkins Square Park
Art Around The Park festival (3:00 PM)

Setlist: Brother Jack/ Husbands/ Body And Soul/ Dark Eyes/ The Girl Who Would Be King.

Photo: Credit Ryan Skeleton Boy. Used with kind permission.

Note: Congo Norvell's set was delayed and shortened due to an 'activist' for Native American rights who refused to leave the stage until she was escorted from the park by police, doing a wardance all the way.


30-May-98
US NY,New York City,Mercury Lounge (11:00 PM)

20-Jun-98
US NY,New England,Wellfleet Beachcomber


08-Sep-98
US NY,New York City,Beacon Theater
[support for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds]

Note: Next to last Congo Norvell show.


New York City 09-Sep-98

09-Sep-98
US NY,New York City,Coney Island High-Cyclone room

Photo: Credit Ryan Skeleton Boy. Used with kind permission.

Note: Last show. On this date Jim Sclavunos was in Washington DC for a Bad Seeds show, they performed without a drummer.






1999+2001
A slight return.

08-Apr-99
US NY,New York City,Speakeasy (aka Ridge Street)
[with DJ Otefsu]

Note: DJ Otefsu is Jim -Foetus- Thirlwell, doing a spontaneous appearance in honor of Kid Congo Powers' and Sally Norvell's birthdays, including performances by Annie Anxiety, Gogol Bordello (w/ Sally Norvell joining for a couple of songs), and a mini-reunion of Congo Norvell (sans Jim Sclavunos, who was replaced by a drum machine for their short set).


New York City 13-Apr-01

13-Apr-01
US NY,New York City,The Cooler
Tribute to Serge Gainsbourg
[with Jim Thirlwell, Botanica, Les Sans Culottes,..]

Setlist: A.o. '69 Erotic Year.

Flyer: Courtesy of Ryan Skeleton Boy.

Note: Line-up: Sally, Kid and Paul and a drummer.






2006+2016
Two final returns.

03-Mar-06
US NY,New York City,Tonic
[with Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds]

Note: KC&PM "Philosophy and Underwear" record release show. Without Jim, with a drum machine.


31-Mar-16
US NY,New York City,The Owl Music Parlor,Small Beast
[with Mark Eitzel]

Note: "Small Beast" concert series, organized by Paul Wallfisch. Line-up: Sally, Kid and Paul.



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