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LOCAL SWING DANCE NEWS ON Thursday, July 18th 2019


WHAT SHOES SHOULD I WEAR TO GO SWING DANCING?

Shoes at Camp Hollywood

Whenever I invite my non-Swing friends to go Swing dancing, one of the most common questions they ask is, “what kind of shoes should I wear?”  I’ve interviewed my Swing dancing friends and drawn from personal experience and observations to provide some answers here. Using Your Existing Shoes If you’re going Swing dancing for the first Continue Reading…



THE LA/OC LINDY CALENDAR

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July 2019

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1
Joe's Bar Dave Stuckey & the Hot House Gang @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
Lindy Hop Stop DJ or live band, lesson 7-7:30PM, dancing 7:30-10PM $10
Palm Garden Hotel Thousand Oaks Harry Selvin Big Band 7-1PM, lesson at 8:30PM $10 BYOP
2
Joe's Bar Jamie Wood & Daddy-O
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, BYOP
3
Strutter's Ball Holly Street Stompers! Lesson 7:45PM, Dancing 8:30-midnight,$15 cover, $2 discount for student/military
Pour Vous LA Jazz All-Stars & Stripes 9PM-2AM no cover but please buy drinks
Joe's Bar James Intveld (cover charge)
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, BYOP
4
Third Street Swingers At Tongva Park 21 Years of Swing Dancing in Santa Monica with DJ Fons 4:30-7:30PM FREE!
Starlight Bowl Burbank Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Rumble King 6:30PM show w/ Fireworks. $20-$25
Angel City Brewery DTLA Vignes Rooftop Revival noon-6PM
Lindy Groove LindyGroove is open Thursday July 4th! Special Holiday Decorations & Photobooth!
Phoenix Club Anaheim Big Band Swing and ballroom dancing 7PM $10 BYOP
5
Burbank Town Center Concerts on the Terrace with Flattop Tom and His Jumpcats 6:30 lesson, band 7-8:30PM FREE!
Lindy Loft LAST VINTAGE RHYTHM NIGHT with the Grand Slam Sextet and Dave Stucky & Hothouse Gang 9PM SOLD OUT
Cliftons Downtown La California Feetwarmers w/DJ Whitton Frank! 10PM $10 after 9PM
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
6
Disney Fantasy Faire The Swing Cats Big Band and Kittens
Beverly Hills Gardens on Canon Dr, N. of Wilshire Phat Cat Swinger FREE! 6PM-8PM outdoors
PBDA Live Band
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM $10 after 9PM, 21 and over only
7
Joe's Bar Styxxx's Birthday Bash 3PM - 1AM
Atomic Ballroom Sunday Shake, Rattle, and Roll $8
8
Joe's Bar The Grand Slam Sextet @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
9
Downtown Disney The Alley Cats (courtyard)
Joe's Bar Atomic Roots Orchestra
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, BYOP
10
Rusty's Rhythm Club Live Band, Beginner & 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, BYOP
11
Joe's Bar Paulie Cerra
Lindy Groove DJs Sailor Mike, Chelsea Kirkpatrick & Vicky Chan
Phoenix Club Anaheim Big Band Swing and ballroom dancing 7PM $10 BYOP
12
Troubadour Vaud and the Villains $20 ADV-$25 DOS 8PM
The Mixx Pasadena Crown City Bombers 8PM-12:30AM
Cliftons Downtown La The Hot House Gang with Kris Tokarski! 9PM-12AM $10 after 9PM
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
13
Disney Fantasy Faire The Swing Machine
Murray Community and Senior Center Mission Viejo Bee's Knees Speakeasy featuring Got That Swing! 6:30PM lesson, 7:30PM band and dance $15 all ages
PBDA Pete Jacobs Wartime Radio Swing Orchestra! Erin & Tami's birthday bash! lesson 7:30PM band 8PM $20
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
14
South Pasadena Garfield Park Wiseguys Big Band 6pm-8pm Free outdoor concert! (Probably no dance floor)
Original Mike's Santa Ana Hillbilly Jazz Matinee with the Southwest Biscuit Co and more 1-6PM $15 and up
Huntington Beach Summer Series Kicks Big Band 5-6:30PM outdoor dancing with free lesson!
Bixby Park Long Beach Lindyhop in the Park with lesson at 1:45PM, DJ dancing from 2-5PM FREE!
Joe's Bar The Deep Cuts
Atomic Ballroom Sunday Shake, Rattle, and Roll $8
15
Joe's Bar Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
Lindy Hop Stop DJ or live band, lesson 7-7:30PM, dancing 7:30-10PM $10
16
Downtown Disney Holy Crow Jazz Band (courtyard)
Joe's Bar Maureen & the Mercury 5 9PM-midnight
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, BYOP
17
Pour Vous Holy Crow Jazz Band at Swingtronic! 9PM-2AM two drink minimum, 21 only
Rusty's Rhythm Club Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra Bastille Day Dance & Ladd's Birthday Celebration, 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, BYOP
18
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse Free outdoor concert with The Jennifer Keith Sextet! 7-9PM FREE!
Joe's Bar THE BBB featuring Bernie Dresel
Lindy Groove DJs Shana Worel & Vicky Chan
Phoenix Club Anaheim Big Band Swing and ballroom dancing 7PM $10 BYOP
19
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel Sylvia & The Rhythm Boys, 7:45 lesson, band 8-11:30PM $12 cover
Cliftons Downtown La Maureen & the Mercury 5 10PM $10 after 9PM 21 and over
Barkley Big Butter Jazz Band 9PM-1AM no cover but please buy dinner and drinks
Cicada Club Douglas Roegiers Tribute To Frank Sinatra 8:30 PM ADVANCE DISCOUNT ADMISSION $20REGULAR PRICE $25 BYOP
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
20
Disney Fantasy Faire Dave Eastly's Swingtown
Cliftons Downtown La Barrelhouse Wailers w/ Sailor Mike 10PM $10 after 9PM 21 and over only
PBDA The New Recessionaires
Cicada Club Douglas Roegiers Tribute To Frank Sinatra 8:30 PM ADVANCE DISCOUNT ADMISSION $20REGULAR PRICE $25 BYOP
Third Saturday Swing DJ 8PM-1AM
21
Soho Dance La Barbara Morrison and Bobby Baron's Band 8-10:30PM $15
Huntington Beach Summer Series Jamie Wood & the Good Rockin Daddys 5-6:30PM outdoor dancing with free lesson!
Downtown Disney Fabus Four with Natalie Mendoza 6-10PM
La Canada-Flintridge Music in the Park The Wiseguys Big Band 6PM-8PM Free! Bring lawn chairs and dance on cement
Joe's Bar 6pm - Jonny Whiteside presents The Messaround
Atomic Ballroom Sunday Shake, Rattle, and Roll $8
22
Joe's Bar The Tom Marion Venice 5 @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
23
Joe's Bar The Eric Ekstrand Ensemble
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, BYOP
24
Rusty's Rhythm Club Big Butter Jazz 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, BYOP
25
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers (courtyard)
Joe's Bar Woody Mankowski with the Rumproller All-Stars
Lindy Groove DJs Hilary Alexander & TBA & Vicky Chan
Phoenix Club Anaheim Big Band Swing and ballroom dancing 7PM $10 BYOP
26
Cliftons Downtown La Big Butter Jazz Band w/ DJ Dr. Nate 10PM $10 after 9PM 21 and over only
Cicada Club Phil Crosby Jr. The Crosby And Friends Revue 8:30 PM ADVANCE DISCOUNT ADMISSION $20REGULAR PRICE $25 BYOP
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
Do Something Blue Blues DJ, lesson 8:30-9:15PM dancing till 1AM $10
27
Disney Fantasy Faire Tim Gill's All Stars
Janny's Showroom San Pedro Swing Night with Phil Crosby, Jr. 8-11PM $20 cover
Cliftons Downtown La Marquis & The Rhythm Howlers 10PM $10 and 9PM 21 and over
PBDA The Moontones
Cicada Club Ginger And The Hoosier Daddys 8:30 PM ADVANCE DISCOUNT ADMISSION $20REGULAR PRICE $25 BYOP
The Blue Swing San Bernardino Swing 'n Blues with DJ Darcy 8PM-midnight
28
Gaslamp Long Beach Sylvia & the Rhythm Boys 5:30-9PM $12 cover
Third Street Swingers At Tongva Park DJ Fons 4:30-7:30PM FREE outdoor dancing!
Joe's Bar A.C. Myles
Atomic Ballroom Sunday Shake, Rattle, and Roll $8
29
Downtown Disney She Sings She Swings (courtyard)
Joe's Bar Holy Crow Jazz Band @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
30
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, BYOP
31
Rusty's Rhythm Club Dark (dance is Friday this week)
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, BYOP
   


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Arthur White says:

More authentic lindy hop swing dance classes from Chester Whitmore, Lord of the Swing, for March 2019!

Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, 25. Beginner 7:30p-8:30p. Intermediate 8:30p-9:30p. 2501 West 237th St, Torrance 90505.

$60 for the series or $20 per class. Register at laswingdanceposse@gmail.com.

Anonymous says:

https://www.facebook.com/UnionStationLA/photos/gm.642090882891576/2309532809103842/?type=3

Brian says:

Doo-Wop and 60’s live music at Union Station on Valentine’s Day! Thanks, added to the Lindy Calendar!

Brian

All the RED in the room at PBDA’s Valentine’s Dance was amazing last Saturday Night! Stompy Jones is coming THIS Saturday Night, Feb. 16th!

Brian says:

Looks great, thanks for posting Tami!

Best,
Brian

Saturday, February 9, 2019 – You are invited to the 25th Anniversary party for Mora’s Modern Rhythmists thirteen-piece ensemble devoted to playing classic jazz and swing tunes of the 1920s and early 1930s. Using period arrangements and transcriptions from the original recordings, this group has established itself as one of the foremost interpreters of early big-band music.

DEAN MORA is a Los Angeles-born pianist whose interest in the 1920s and 1930s was forged early on as a child; when he was 11 years old, he watched the movie “The Sting”, and was instantly smitten with the cars, clothes, and music associated with the film.

After graduating from California State University, Northridge in the mid-1980s, Dean joined up with noted ragtime scholar Galen Wilkes’ Palm Leaf Ragtime Orchestra, and later on with another local ragtime group, The Magnetic Magtime Orchestra. In 1994 Dean decided to forge ahead into more “modern” music with the formation of his 1920s/1930s band, Mora’s Modern Rhythmists. The rest, they say, is history…

Details:
The Cicada Club
617 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
CicadaClub.com

Brian says:

Thanks for posting Maxwell! That should be a great event!

Best,
Brian

Bailey Dee’s Hillbilly Jazz Matinee

Chicago’s swingin’ Rock N’ Souler and Ruby Records recording artist – BAILEY DEE – found the rockabilly handbook and she reads it right! 
She comes out swinging with the ferocity of a young Etta James, the sweetness of Lorrie Collins, and the soulful swagger of Sister Rosetta Tharpe. 

Recently awarded Rockabilly Female of The Year by the Ameripolitan Music Association in Memphis, this young lady will surely show you what she’s been showing crowds all over the world; the love, respect and pure joy she brings to her vintage sound. 
Her impressive range and warm, rich voice will embrace you and put you in a spell, all while bringing a raw, edgy sound with her guitar. A not to miss up-and-comer!
A full band backs her featuring members of legendary R&B Chicagoan Andre Williams band plus Ashley Kingman, Kevin Stewart and Mando Dorame on sax.
Whether she is screaming on a rocker in a way that would make Jay Hawkins proud, or coaxing tears from jaded audiences with a pining ballad, Bailey Dee covers the spectrum with ease. 
Come see what the fuss is about with this THREE TIME AMERIPOLITAN NOMINEE and most recently the 2018 WINNER IN THE ROCKABILLY FEMALE CATEGORY.

Joining the Sunday matinee show are everybody’s favorite vintage R&B band – The MOONTONES.
Special appearance by Robby Ravenwood on ukelele.

Free parking, great menu. all ages, full bar and large dance floor!

This is a MATINEE SHOW FROM 1-5 pm

Valentines Day with James Intveld

Once a year, a special day for lovers rolls around… and it has become a Valentine Day tradition to enjoy an evening with James Intveld as he croons love songs, sings ballads and plays swing music.
This year, Original Mike’s beautiful new showroom hosts the popular event, complete with hardwood dance floor, a delectable prix fixe menu – and an early start time so everybody can enjoy James on a Thursday.
As an added bonus, James will personally deliver a red rose to all ladies in attendance while he sings to each and every one.
The band is a special combo of his Swing Sinners and his Honky Tonk Palominos that we call “The Swinging Palominos.”
Make reservations now for this annual chance to dance and romance!
Here is what the $20 prix fixe dinner includes:
2 Dinner salads w/ Champagne dressing
Baby greens w/ walnuts & cheese
Choice of:
Ribeye w/ mashed potatoes and gravy w/ veggies
OR
Salmon with white rice and veggies
Dessert: Brownie a la mode
PLUS 2 Complimentary Champagnes
Please order one per person in your party. (optional dinner menu – veggie option also available onsite – there will be an appetizer menu available as well)


Big Band “Swing Thing” and MORE!
March 8, 2019 – 7 p.m., Saddleback College McKinney Theatre
28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo
Come party and dance on the McKinney Theatre stage with the Saddleback College Big Band as they recreate authentic Swing Era music from the 1930s through the 1950s under the swingin’ direction of Joey Sellers in this special showcase event. Dancing! Drinks! Food! Fun!
$25 per/person
http://www.saddleback.edu/arts
(949) 582-4565

Brian says:

Hi Janet,

Thanks, I’ve added your event to the Lindy Calendar!

Best,
Brian

Valentine’s Dance, Wear Red! Special Valentine’s festivities and FUN! Couples & Singles of ALL ages.

Brian says:

Thanks for posting Tami!

Best,
Brian

The Cicada Club has given Jack’s Cats the night off tonite, Sunday, Feb. 3rd! (Can’t fight So. Cal. rain and the Super Bowl.) But c’mon and jump on the Jack’s Cats bandwagon at the Cicada on Thursday 2/7 and for the rest of our scheduled nights in February.
P.S. Thanks to the incredible dancers (and non-dancing listeners too!) who made our first two nights of our residency truly amazing!

Brian says:

Thanks for posting Jack! Glad your residency at the Cicada has started out so strong!

Best,
Brian

Wear the Logo or the Colors of your favorite Sports team THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at PBDA! It’s Sports Night with The Tim Gill All-Stars Big Band & special Sports themed fun!

Hi Brian and Juliann,

We have a fun swing dance event coming up on the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa this Valentine’s Day. Swing Under the Stars will be from 6-9pm on February 14th featuring Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang as well as free East Coast swing classes. Our address is 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Here is the event page: https://scfta.org/events/2019/swing-under-the-stars-free

Here is the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2316754498557426/

Thanks,
Patrick
____________________________________
Patrick McCormic
Marketing Associate, Institutional
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
T (714) 556-2122 x 4587 E pmccormic@scfta.org

Brian says:

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for posting! This looks amazing! I’ve added it to the Lindy Calendar.

Best,
Brian

Mark A. says:

Here are the details for Chester’s class. (sorry for the multiple posts)

Brian says:

Hi Mark,

Thanks for posting!

Best,
Brian

Arthur Whte says:

Wanted to let you know about an awesome opportunity to learn from the Master himself, Chester Whitmore. He will be teaching the beginner and intermediate classes for the month of February. Classes will be held on Mondays, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25. Beginner is from 7:30p-8:30p and Intermediate will be from 8:30p-9:30p. Classes will be held at 2501 West 237th St, Torrance, CA 90505.

For those that don’t know Chester, he is a renowned Lindy Hop instructor, who has taught at many different places outside of California and outside of the United States. So we are very fortunate to have him in our own backyard to teach us for a very discounted rate.

Classes will cost $50 for the series (4 classes, 1 hour each) or $20 per class. There is also a special student rate (high school, college) which is $12.50 per class. Please pass this information around if you know anybody who is interested in learning how to swing dance.

Please email to register. Thank you for your support.

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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