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LOCAL SWING DANCE NEWS ON Wednesday, June 19th 2019


TOP TEN MOST INFLUENTIAL VINTAGE SWING DANCE CLIPS

Groovie Moovie

The style of swing dancing we do in Southern California has been strongly influenced by  great performers who danced in old movies. Here are my picks for the top ten vintage clips that have influenced swing dancing LA/OC the most. Special thanks to video historian John Cooper for helping compiling this list! #1 GROOVIE MOOVIE Continue Reading…



THE LA/OC LINDY CALENDAR

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June 2019

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
      
1
Disney Fantasy Faire Phat Cat Swinger
PCH Club Long Beach Big Sandy's Barndance Boogie 8PM $10 and up
Joe's Bar James Intveld and The Honky Tonk Palominos $15 cover 9PM-12:30AM
PBDA Live Band
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM $10 after 9PM, 21 and over only
2
Joe's Bar The Gypsy Blues Band
Atomic Ballroom Sunday Shake, Rattle, and Roll $8
3
UCLA Spring Swing Dance at Ackerman Grand Ballroom with Swing Inc. 7:30PM lesson, 9-10:10PM band, free but donations accepted
Joe's Bar The Holly Street Stompers @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
Lindy Hop Stop DJ or live band, lesson 7-7:30PM, dancing 7:30-10PM $7-$15
Palm Garden Hotel Thousand Oaks Harry Selvin Big Band 7-1PM, lesson at 8:30PM $10 older crowd, BYOP
4
Joe's Bar Rip Masters
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Lindy and Balboa 8:30PM $8 DJ, $12 if band
Las Hadas Northridge Johnny Vanna's Big Band Alumni mornings 10:30AM-12:30PM, older crowd, BYOP
5
Pour Vous Swingtronic featuring The Moontones! 9PM-2AM Two drink minimum
Strutter's Ball DJ, Lesson 7:45PM, Dancing 8:30-midnight,$10 or $15 if live band $2 discount for student/military
Metro Swing Pomona DJ, Lesson 7:30PM, Dancing 8:30 $5 cover
Las Hadas Northridge Top Hat Big Band playing Swing and Latin 7-9PM no cover, older crowd, BYOP
6
Joe's Bar The Stardust Ramblers w/ special guests The Pasadena Playboys
Lindy Groove DJs Melissa Marzigliano & Shana Worel & Vicky Chan
Phoenix Club Anaheim Big Band Swing and ballroom dancing 7PM $10 older crowd BYOP
7
Cliftons Downtown La Holy Crow Jazz Band!! 10PM-2AM $10 after 10PM, 21 and over only
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
8
Disney Fantasy Faire The Fresh Rhythm Big Band
Original Mike's Santa Ana Crown City Bombers record release party 7:30PM $15 and up
Pasadena Playhouse Block Party Vignes Rooftop Revival 7:05PM main stage FREE
Barkley Holy Crow Jazz Band 9PM-1AM, No cover, but please buy food/drink.
Cliftons Downtown La The Fabus Four! 10PM-2AM $10 after 9PM, 21 and over only
PBDA Live Band
The Blue Swing San Bernardino Swing 'n Blues with DJ Darcy 8PM-midnight
9
Fairfax Farmers Market Deke Dickerson & the Whippersnappers 7-9PM West Patio
Downtown Disney Aileen Quinn & Lpn Lzrds
Joe's Bar The Deep Cuts
Atomic Ballroom Sunday Shake, Rattle, and Roll $8
10
Joe's Bar The Gypsy Swing Project @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
11
Joe's Bar The Swing Thing Band featuring Grace Fae
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Lindy and Balboa 8:30PM $8 DJ, $12 if band
Las Hadas Northridge Johnny Vanna's Big Band Alumni mornings 10:30AM-12:30PM, older crowd, BYOP
12
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers
Fairfax Farmers Market Jennifer Keith and The Constellations 50's & 60's tunes @ Farmer's Market Plaza 6:30-8:10PM FREE
Rusty's Rhythm Club Fabulous Esquires Big Band , Beg and Intermediate lessons 7:30-8PM
Strutter's Ball DJ, Lesson 7:45PM, Dancing 8:30-midnight,$10 or $15 if live band $2 discount for student/military
Metro Swing Pomona DJ, Lesson 7:30PM, Dancing 8:30 $5 cover
Las Hadas Northridge Top Hat Big Band playing Swing and Latin 7-9PM no cover, older crowd, BYOP
13
Downtown Disney Holy Crow Jazz Band
Joe's Bar The BBB featuring Bernie Dresel
Lindy Groove DJs Andrew Jose, Grace Babbes & Vicky Chan
Phoenix Club Anaheim Big Band Swing and ballroom dancing 7PM $10 older crowd BYOP
14
Downtown Disney Fresh Rhythm Big Band
Cliftons Downtown La The Moontones!! 10PM-2AM $10 after 9PM
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
15
Disney Fantasy Faire The Swing Cats Big Band and Kittens
PBDA Live Band
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM $10 after 9PM, 21 and over only
Third Saturday Swing DJ 8PM-1AM
16
Soho Dance La Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang 8-10:30PM $15
Joe's Bar 6pm - Jonny Whiteside presents The Messaround
Atomic Ballroom Sunday Shake, Rattle, and Roll $8
17
Joe's Bar The Carl Sonny Leyland Quartet @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
Lindy Hop Stop DJ or live band, lesson 7-7:30PM, dancing 7:30-10PM $7-$15
18
Joe's Bar Douglas Roegiers and His Lucky 7
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Lindy and Balboa 8:30PM $8 DJ, $12 if band
Las Hadas Northridge Johnny Vanna's Big Band Alumni mornings 10:30AM-12:30PM, older crowd, BYOP
19
Rusty's Rhythm Club Dave Stuckey , Beg and Intermediate lessons 7:30-8PM
Strutter's Ball DJ, Lesson 7:45PM, Dancing 8:30-midnight,$10 or $15 if live band $2 discount for student/military
Metro Swing Pomona DJ, Lesson 7:30PM, Dancing 8:30 $5 cover
Las Hadas Northridge Top Hat Big Band playing Swing and Latin 7-9PM no cover, older crowd, BYOP
20
Joe's Bar Woody Mankowski with the Rumproller All-Stars
Lindy Groove LindyGroove 18 year Anniversary Celebration!!! Two live bands! Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five featuring Hilary Alexander PLUS The Grand Slam Sex..
Phoenix Club Anaheim Big Band Swing and ballroom dancing 7PM $10 older crowd BYOP
21
Downtown Disney Fabus Four & Natalie Mendoza
Barkley Jack's Cats 9PM-1AM no cover but please buy drinks or dinner
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM $10 after 9PM, 21 and over only
Do Something Blue Blues DJ, lesson 8:30-9:15PM dancing till 1AM $10
22
Disney Fantasy Faire Dave Eastly's Swingtown
Original Mike's Santa Ana Rod Piazza And The Mighty Flyers 7:30PM $15 and up
PBDA James Intveld & The Swing Sinners $20
Cicada Club The Wiseguys Big Band Machine 8:30 PM ADVANCE DISCOUNT ADMISSION $20REGULAR PRICE $25 BYOP
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM $10 after 9PM, 21 and over only
The Blue Swing San Bernardino Swing 'n Blues with DJ Darcy 8PM-midnight
23
Gaslamp Long Beach Sylvia & The Rhythm Boys 5:30PM lesson, 6:30-9PM band $12 cover
Joe's Bar 12:00 Noon - 9th Annual Grandstand Jammathon - 14 hours of live music (12 noon - 2am)
Atomic Ballroom Sunday Shake, Rattle, and Roll $8
24
Joe's Bar The Hi Fi Honeydrops @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
25
Joe's Bar Aileen Quinn & the Leapin' Lizards
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Lindy and Balboa 8:30PM $8 DJ, $12 if band
Las Hadas Northridge Johnny Vanna's Big Band Alumni mornings 10:30AM-12:30PM, older crowd, BYOP
26
Rusty's Rhythm Club Jumpin' Joz , Beg and Intermediate lessons 7:30-8PM
Strutter's Ball DJ, Lesson 7:45PM, Dancing 8:30-midnight,$10 or $15 if live band $2 discount for student/military
Metro Swing Pomona DJ, Lesson 7:30PM, Dancing 8:30 $5 cover
Las Hadas Northridge Top Hat Big Band playing Swing and Latin 7-9PM no cover, older crowd, BYOP
27
Craig Regional Park Fullerton Big Bad Voodoo Daddy! 5-8PM FREE!
Joe's Bar Paulie Cerra
Lindy Groove DJs Melissa Marzigliano & Vicky Chan
Phoenix Club Anaheim Big Band Swing and ballroom dancing 7PM $10 older crowd BYOP
28
Downtown Disney Phat Cat Swinger
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM $10 after 9PM, 21 and over only
29
Disney Fantasy Faire Tim Gill's All Stars
PBDA Phat Cat Swinger $20
Cicada Club Jack's Catsvintage Swing Band 8:30 PM ADVANCE DISCOUNT ADMISSION $20REGULAR PRICE $25 BYOP
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM $10 after 9PM, 21 and over only
30
Joe's Bar Doa Oxford The Goddess of Soul
Atomic Ballroom Sunday Shake, Rattle, and Roll $8
      


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THIS IS IT!
The OFFICIAL® Jack’s Catstm State of Swing©
CD Release Party

The one and only, no-cover-charge, OFFICIAL STATE OF SWING CD RELEASE PARTY featuring Jack’s Cats at its full-strength, all-seven player, biggest and best. It all happens at The Barkley Restaurant and Bar, 1400 Huntington Drive in South Pasadena at 9PM on Friday, June 21st.

Are you a fan, friend, relative, co-worker, fellow musician, past or present landlord, former — or future — spouse or lover, even casual acquaintance, who has EVER mumbled something supportive about our music? This is your chance to step up and prove the strength of your commitment. (And have a swell time in the process).

Yes, help us launch our fancy new album without spending a $0.00 on a cover charge. That’s right — we’ve arranged it so you can invest your hard-earned music money on the good food and drink at the Barkley — while of course saving a little for one of our beautiful new, signed, limited edition letterpress encased CDs filled with 14 tracks of all-original Jack’s Cats studio-perfect tunes (or a digital download if you’re tech savvy).

Dance Floor!
Good cheap food and drink!
Efficient staff!
Friendly crowd!
Free parking!
Attractive musicians!
4 hours of spectacular entertainment!
NO COVER CHARGE!

The thrills begin at 9PM; continue to 1AM! Read about the Barkley, then call (626) 799-0758 for reservations. Tell them you’re a friend of the band and receive a free, “That’s nice.” from a staff member.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/357092708220535/

Brian says:

Hi Jack, thanks for posting! Best, Brian

You’ve seen the Posse perform all over the place the past year, now its your opportunity to JOIN us!

We are looking for enthusiastic, devoted, energetic, and vibrant dancers who want to support our mission.

Leads and follows of all ages and experience are welcome! See you on the dance floor!

6/29/19, 10a-12p, 2501 West 237th St, Torrance, CA 90505

Brian says:

Awesome, thanks for posting Arthur! – Brian

Full Swing Orchestra THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, June 15th, at PBDA! Swing Lesson 7:30-8pm; Band plays 8-11:30pm. $20 at door includes the Lesson, snacks, refreshments & door prizes.

Brian says:

Thanks for posting Tami! – Brian

Shawna Joplin says:

Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights is doing something different this year and ending the free concert series with a Swing Party in the Park! We are looking for dancers and instructors! Band will be announced soon (hint: Grammy Nominated).
Please email me if you would like to participate. Event will be the evening of August 29th 2019.
Sjoplin@parks.lacounty.gov

Starring Phil Crosby, Jr~~The legacy and the legend, grandson of the famous crooner, Bing Crosby. This epic dance concert is featured in one of LA’s best venues with the best dance floor in all of SoCal.

Brian says:

Thanks for posting! I’ve added this event to the Lindy Calendar. – Brian

This Saturday, Jumpin’ Joz will be rolling in to the place it all began, the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association’s “Swing Out Saturday Night,” birthplace of the swing dance revival: with an all-star lineup, the Joz band will be showcasing the new documentary film Swing Dance Party, currently on the festival circuit.

Come see the movie, including cameos by the band and members of the swing community, at two screenings, one at 7 PM and again at 9. Along the way, it’s the same great night of swing PBDA always delivers up, with a swing dance lesson from 7:30-8, and dancing from 8-11:30 on the huge dance floor. As always, snacks and a chance at a great door prize are part of the fun.

The powerhouse lineup, featured in the film, will include Joz leading the charge, accompanied by jazz and swing sax master Jerry Moore, virtuoso guitarist and songwriter Barry Pohlmann, the soulful multi-keyboardist Michael Carr, and the rock-solid groove of bassist Mike Uhler.

Come join us to dance the night away and celebrate the swingin’ homecoming of the Joz band!

Brian says:

Thanks for posting this Rick!

– Brian

She was Annie in the 1982 film “Annie”, and today Aileen Quinn leads the Leapin’ Lizards Swing Band! They’re always so much fun! See the band at PBDA THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, June 1st.

Brian says:

Thanks for posting Tami!

Brian

Bee’s Knees Speakeasy & Swing Dance featuring Got That Swing!
Saturday 7/13/19

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/287702875257106

A taste of what you’re in for!
https://youtu.be/grk4zCij-EU
And our mini promo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td77cENel_I
Alec’s dance email list signup link: http://eepurl.com/uMs-9
Come see Grace and Alec leading the band through lots of gorgeous tunes!

BEE’S KNEES SPEAKEASY & SWING DANCE featuring GOT THAT SWING!, hosted by the city of Mission Viejo!!!
https://www.facebook.com/MissionViejoLife/
Made possible by the Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts
https://www.facebook.com/MVFriendsoftheArts/

The Bee’s Knees Speakeasy & Swing Dance is a LIVE BAND Swing dance with the theatrics of Alec Marken’s Prohibition Era ingredients! Please RSVP “GOING”, SHARE WIDELY, and INVITE YOUR SO-CAL CONTACTS!

ALL AGES WELCOME

Saturday 7/13/19
Beginner Swing dance lesson: 6:30pm
Live music and dancing 7-9:30pm
$15 for adults, cash only (most live band Swing shows are $15 to $30 AND IN L.A., so this is a steal!)
KID FRIENDLY! Children 10 & under: $10
Beer and wine (and snacks) available, bring your ID!
Food and beverages brought to you by Friends Of The Arts: a 501c3 which supports arts in Mission Viejo! This event is made possible by the Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts:
https://www.facebook.com/MVFriendsoftheArts/

At the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center:
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
HUGE DANCE FLOOR!!!
Coming from Marguerite, continue up La Paz, turn LEFT onto Veterans Way, and proceed to the end, arriving at the long parking lot!

Live band GOT THAT SWING!
https://www.facebook.com/GOT-THAT-SWING-1438212619765560/
Plus Prohibition era theatrics w/Alec Marken & friends!

At intermission:
– A Swing dance performance by Mary Sykes and Michael Matonti!
– “Headlines” and comedy from Alec

Hosted By:
City of Mission Viejo
Friends Of The Arts: a 501c3 which supports arts in Mission Viejo
https://www.facebook.com/MVFriendsoftheArts/
Swing Avec Alec: http://www.facebook.com/SwingAvecAlec

Produced by Alec Marken
http://www.alecmarken.com

Our lovely Grace Fae’s professional page:
https://www.facebook.com/GraceFaeOfficial

Show Mission Viejo that you want this event to continue! If YOU come out and support an amazing event/experience like this, it may continue. Give yourself, and everyone else in SoCal, the possibility of experiencing the Bee’s Knees again in Mission Viejo! Join us, and tell EVERYONE you know in SoCal, who has any appreciation for Swing music, a live Swing band, and a spacious dance floor!

Brian says:

Hi Alec,

Thanks, added to the Lindy Calendar!

Best,
Brian

Celebrate Frankie Manning & World Lindy Hop Day at PBDA, May 24 & 25! JUST SHOW UP to be part of the fun! Friday Night with Douglas Roegiers & the Lucky 7 Band; Saturday Night with Jonathan Stout’s Swing Orchestra. Classes start Friday night, all day Classes on Saturday too. See the entire schedule online, then come on down! 73 N. Hill Ave, Pasadena (behind the church)

Brian says:

Thanks for posting Tami! – Brian

Celebrate Frankie Manning & World Lindy Hop Day May 24th & 25th at PBDA! Join in on the fun

Brian says:

Thanks for posting Tami! I’ve added these to the Lindy Calendar.

Best,
Brian

The Lindy Calendar is curated by Brian Shim and Juliann Budimir as a service to the LA/OC swing dance community. While we take great care to find and enter the information on the calendar, we do not guarantee its accuracy. Please check with the venues themselves by consulting their website or Facebook Page, or by calling them directly before traveling to an event. Please report errors in the comment section above. For a quick guide to which swing dance venue is best for you, check out this article.

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