Thursday Swing! Featuring  Reggie Houston's B' Swingsters, The Cherry Blossom Hot 4

Thursday Swing! Featuring Reggie Houston's B' Swingsters, The Cherry Blossom Hot 4

Thu, August 16, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$10

Two live bands, two dance lessons, 5 hours of swing music and dance every Thursday Night!!  Join us 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!

6:00 Dance Lesson with Melissa Roane
6:30 Live Music and Dancing
8:00 DJed Music and Dancing
8:30 Dance Lesson with Guest Instructors
9:00 Live Music and Dancing

Reggie Houston's B' Swingsters - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Reggie Houston's B' Swingsters
Reggie Houston's B' Swingsters feat. Michael Elson on keys and Keith Brush on bass!

More than a master vocalist and saxophone player, Reggie Houston is an entertainer of the highest order. He has the charm and charisma of a modern day Louis Armstrong mingled with the pure and irresistible joy of a child.

Reggie was inspired to study saxophone at age 10, after seeing Ray Charles play alto sax at Lincoln Beach Amusement Park, where Fats Domino also performed during Reggie's childhood. Years later, Reggie would share the stage with both musical giants, and spend 22 years as a member of Fats Domino's band, before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2004.

Reggie’s devotion to his craft, and to sharing his deep knowledge of Louisiana’s history, musicians, and musical genres, stems from a time-honored New Orleans tradition of arts education. Nurtured by his teachers—musical giants like Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Johnny Fernandez, Danny Barker, and Alvin Batiste—the latter of whom learned at the knee of legendary musician Sidney Bechet, referred to by Duke Ellington as “the very epitome of jazz,” Reggie has now picked up the mantle to pass that knowledge on to future generations of musicians.

When funk first developed, exploding onto the scene, Reggie was there—and not as an observer, but as a 13 year-old musician playing his first professional gigs with legendary keyboardist David Batiste Sr. and his band The Gladiators, widely accepted as one of the preeminent and pioneering bands of funk.

Reggie knows the music. It is in his blood. He can trace the many, varied styles and influences of southeast Louisiana music all the way back to pre-colonial Africa.
Melissa Roane - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
Melissa Roane
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.
The Portland Lindy Society - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
The Portland Lindy Society
Portland Lindy Society is a non-profit organization that promotes swing dancing and jazz music in Portland, OR. We host a dance each Thursday at The Secret Society ballroom.

6pm-11pm, Lesson from 6-6:30, 8:30-9.
Bands from 6:30-8:15 and 9-11
$8!

PLS also organizes and hosts the Portland Lindy Exchange. Please visit the Facebook page
The Cherry Blossom Hot 4 - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
The Cherry Blossom Hot 4
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.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
http://secretsociety.net/