Thursday Swing! Featuring 12th Avenue Hot Club, The Barn Door Slammers
Thu, April 13, 2017
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm
$8 admission • all ages until 8pm • under age 16 free
Two live bands, two dance lessons, 5 hours of swing music and dance every Thursday Night!! Join us for $5 food and drink specials for happy hour from 6-8pm when all ages are welcome in the ballroom, and stay for the second band and lesson as the night heats up at The Secret Society! No partner necessary, and you are welcome to join us and watch if you're not ready to step out quite yet!
6pm Dance Lesson with Melissa Roane!
6:30pm Live Music and Dancing!
8:00pm Dance Lesson with guest instructor!
8:30pm Live Music and Dancing!
The Barn Door Slammers - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
This 7-piece Western Swing band from Portland, Oregon lives to recreate the music of American dance halls of the 1940's and 50's. From blazing Hillbilly Bop instrumentals and swinging fiddle tunes, to Texas blues and cowboy jazz vocals, the Barn Door Slammers feature traditional instrumentation that was the backbone of Western Swing bands of the day. With the rhythm section of Pete Lampe's standup bass and Tommy Chiffon's vintage drum set, the twin fiddles of Jenn "Huck" Huckins and Kevin Healy, and twin guitars (steel and archtop) of Todd Clinesmith and Dan Lowinger, vocalist Brett Ervin grabs the reins of this ensemble for a sometimes wild ride through yesteryear.
“Superb Hillbilly Bop!”—Bernard Boyat, Rock and Roll Revue, France
“Carefully crafted aural mayhem”—David Innes, R2 Magazine, UK
12th Avenue Hot Club - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Vintage acoustic swing from Portland Oregon in the gypsy jazz style pioneered by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli.
Melissa Roane - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
Melissa, though too modest to admit it, is one of Portland’s most important figures in Vintage Style Swing Dances. She has been teaching at the Viscount Dance Studio since 2003 and has taught, deejayed, and performed at various events around town. Her approachability, knowledge, fun classes, and dance style have garnered her a solid following and place among the Portland’s great swing instructors.