Friday Night Jam Sesh with KONGOS & FITNESS

KONGOS and their opener, FITNESS, rocked out the Historic Scoot Inn! Even though the weather was hitting in the 30s and there was the occasional drops of rain, did that stop the crowd from having a good time? Absolutely not! I mean c’mon, even the security guard was head banging. With glove clad hands, these bands had the crowd partying through the night.

By Lauren Castro

Photography by Chandler Christopher


The opening act, FITNESS, is classified as a synth-pop duo and was the perfect warm up for the main band. The energy on stage between lead singer Max Collins and guitarist Kenny Carkeet was electric. Their interaction with the crowd allowed their humor to shine through as well. Between their killer dance moves and songs like “Get Dead” and “Kill the Rich”, FITNESS is definitely a band to look out for.

FITNESS jamming out at the Historic Scoot Inn on Friday evening.

FITNESS jamming out at the Historic Scoot Inn on Friday evening.

Playing songs primarily from their newest album 1929, Pt. 1, KONGOS is an alternative rock band consisting of four brothers originating from South Africa (not to mention, they’re all pretty attractive). With the crowd stomping along to the beat and the smell of alcohol in the air, the atmosphere was carefree and you couldn’t help but sing along (even if you didn’t know all the words). Not to mention, the Historic Scoot Inn added to the vibe with the string lights and open venue. To make the night even better, the playful feud between the two bands allowed the crowd to feel apart of an inside joke. At one point, FITNESS’ Collins came on stage during KONGOS’ set with his daughter on FaceTime...pretty sick.

KONGOS is made up of siblings Dylan, Daniel, Jesse, and Johnny Kongos.

KONGOS is made up of siblings Dylan, Daniel, Jesse, and Johnny Kongos.

While on stage, Jesse Kongos mentioned Buscall, an 8 part documentary series on YouTube that allows the viewer to see inside the life of the band. I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to watching it during my free time.

KONGOS have faced a few challenges during tour such as their bus getting into an accident, but that hasn’t stopped them from providing unique music to all the cities they have traveled. Overall, loved them. I would be lying if I said I haven’t been listening to their album religiously since Friday. 10/10 would see again.