Thursday Swing! Featuring The Cherry Blossom Hot 4, Pink Lady & John Bennet Jazz Band
Thu, April 20, 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!
Pink Lady & John Bennett Jazz Band - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Pink Lady, who is the perfect combination of a sweet flapper and sultry siren, performs & sings the songs of the Prohibition Era in this combo which includes rag time piano jockey John Bennett, vintage arch top guitarist Steve Boden, Wayne Travillion on trombone, Will Amend on Double Bass and Joe Haegele on Drums. Together they have been playing that corruptive hot jazz for over 100 years!
The Cherry Blossom Hot 4 - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Based out of Portland, The Cherry Blossom Orchestra were formed as a direct result of Louis Armstrong's visit to the city in 1965. He is one of many inspirations for us - see also Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, WC Handy, Spencer Williams, the Oklahoma City Blue Devils, Fletcher Henderson, and so many more. Hot times, prohibition, speakeasies, wax & early vinyl recordings were the order of the day. We play the jazz created during its most important period : the 1920s to the 1940s -
Ragtime, Blues, Stomps, Swinging & Hot.
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.