KONGOS Joins Line Up at the Original Catalina Wine Mixer

Alternative Rock Band Headlining on September 24 at Descanso Beach Club on Catalina Island

AVALON, Calif.—AUG 22, 2016—KONGOS have signed on to perform at the 2nd Annual Original Catalina Wine Mixer, confirmed by The Xceptional Music Company and Santa Catalina Island Company. The brothers KONGOS will amp up Catalina Island’s Descanso Beach Club with their multi-faceted sounds on the guitar, drums, keyboard and accordion as the Saturday, September 24 headliner.

KONGOS unique and irresistible sound first rocked the world with hit “Come With Me Now.” The song’s impossible-to-resist aural summons topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and was their first charted single in the United States, now certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

“KONGOS classic rock elements and unique beats energize crowds in a spectacular way,” said Ray McKewon, president of The Xceptional Music Company. “The brothers bring an invigorating sound and charismatic performance to the stage, which they’ve done throughout Europe and South Africa to crowds of more than 65,000. They will rev up the crowd at the Original Catalina Wine Mixer and will help make this year’s even more powerful for attendees with their commanding sound.”

The Original Catalina Wine Mixer launched in 2015 to bring appreciation and excitement to the cult-classic, Step Brothers. The 2016 event takes place from September 23 – 25, 2016 at Descanso Beach Club, located just past the Catalina Casino, on Catalina Island. This year’s event has grown to a three-day music and entertainment extravaganza, featuring a special screening of the film and two nights of live entertainment by premier artists.

In addition to KONGOS, Welsh rock band The Joy Formidable, with hits like “Silent Treatment,” will also take the stage on Saturday. The Joy Formidable recently released their album Hitch, and has been making waves with their new song “The Last Thing on My Mind.” The Joy Formidable is currently touring the United States and Canada.

Sunday entertainment will be headlined by The Dan Band, featuring Dan Finnerty. The Dan Band is best known for their hilarious covers in Old School and The Hangover. Last year, nearly 1,800 individuals gathered at the Original Catalina Wine Mixer to see The Dan Band perform live on stage. 

“This year we’re bringing a variety of music acts together to create an inclusive entertainment experience,” said Ben Villalobos, food and beverage director for Santa Catalina Island Company. “We have new sounds, as well as classics, and believe there is something for everyone at this year’s Original Catalina Wine Mixer.”

Tickets are available online at http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/WineMixer. Transportation is available via Catalina Express and Island Express Helicopters.

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About Santa Catalina Island Company

Santa Catalina Island Company (SCICO) is a premier resort operator on Catalina Island, located 22 miles off the coast of southern California. SCICO offers an abundance of amenities including Descanso Beach Club, Island Spa Catalina, Pavilion Hotel, Avalon Grille and new state-of-the-art beachfront meeting space, Catherine’s Terrace, as well as Banning House Lodge and Harbor Reef Restaurant in Two Harbors. SCICO also boasts more than 25 activities and tours designed to introduce visitors to the island’s natural beauty and rich history including the Zip Line Eco Tour, East End Adventure, Undersea Expedition and many more.