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Thanks!!
Brian

Reader Comments

Liz says:

Hello! I’m looking for a couple to perform/demonstrate at a 50’s themed Father/Daughter Dance at Salem Lutheran School in Orange Park Acres on Friday, Oct. 5th. Does anyone have any interest or any contacts they could refer? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks!
Liz
Lcaniglia@salemorange.com

identicon Brian says:

Hi Liz,

You might want to post on this FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SwingDanceFriendsLA/

And indicate if it is a paid gig or not.

Thanks,
Brian

Liz says:

Thanks Brian! Yes, this would be a paid gig. I’ll post to FB also.

Leslie says:

Hi Brian!

This is Leslie from The Wiltern with Live Nation! I just posted on the main Comment Wall about our last Swing Night of our Swingin’ Summer Series! I apologize for the format of my post, as the spaces in my original edit were not included after posting. I hope you can fix that on my behalf!

On another note, I was wondering if you were interested in hosting a ticket giveaway on Swing Dance LA and/or the LA Lindy Hop Facebook page. I am happy to provide you with 5 free pairs of tickets to our Swing Night at The Wiltern, which will take place on September 9.

Please let me know if if interested! Feel free to reach me at the email I provided!

Best,
Leslie

Brian, do you know of any swing events in San Fran/Bay Area…I’m interested for Friday aug. 17 and saturday 18

identicon Brian says:

Hi Kent,

Check out this page for swing calendars for other cities like San Francisco. Unfortunately, I don’t see any swing events on those dates though.
https://www.swingdance.la/nationwide-swing-dancing/

Best,
Brian

Tracy James says:

Hi there! I emailed you an image for the do Something Blue page but thought I would attach it here too. The email also contains script to embed a video too (or instead of). Thank you!

Do Something Blue

identicon Brian says:

Hi Tracy,

Wow, this is fantastic, thanks! I’ll add it to the Do Something Blue page.

Best,
Brian

Thomas Clayton says:

hey brian. thanks for all this information – really helpful. quick question for you: are any of the events you listed more ideal for people who are single? i am definitely beginner level, and will be rolling to these classes solo. wondering if people typically bring a dance partner with them or if it’s also cool to show up alone. thanks!

Tracy James says:

Hi Brian, Thanks for the great website and including do Something Blue’s events.
Speaking of, could you make a few changes to the page? https://www.swingdance.la/event/?v=do-something-blue&b=DJ&y=2018&mo=6&d=22

Replace “A NOTE ON PARKING FROM DO SOMETHING BLUE: As many of you have noticed, …” with
Check out the website for parking information and, if you would like company to your car, don’t be afraid to ask someone at the front desk!

Update the where, what, when with:
WHEN: Usually the last Friday of the month unless noted on the website, lesson at 8:30PM
COST: $10
CROWD: Beginner to very advanced blues dancers, plenty of partners available
VENUE SITE: dosomethingblue.com

Change the address that is listed above the map to:
Fred Astaire Dance Studio‎ 740 E. Greent Street, Pasadena, CA 91104

Thanks again!

Brian says:

Hi Tracy,

Thanks for the updates! I’ve made them here:
https://www.swingdance.la/do-something-blue/

Feel free to send a photo if you want; I’d be happy to include it in the post.

Best,
Brian

christopher burkhardt says:

Don’t miss this holiday show with Rosie Flores and Kid Ramos:
Cinco de Mayo Dance Party at Original Mike’s in Santa Ana.

It features our two favorite guitar-slingers: Rosie Flores and Kid Ramos!

Kid’s son Johnny Ramos, the up – and – coming heart-throb of the SoCal music scene, and Jaalene Serenity, the angel-voiced debutante, complete the stellar lineup.

Plan ahead for this sure -to – sell – out show with cabaret seating, optional menu, free parking and a full bar & dance floor.

In the Arts District of beautiful downtown Santa Ana at 100 S. Main St. 92701

For complete show list, go to http://www.StellarShows.net

christopher burkhardt says:

Friday May 4 at Original Mike’s in Santa Ana is the jump blues band Willie & The Road Tramps.

Looking for danceable blues and swing music? Look no further than Willie & The Road Tramps, a high-energy, eight-piece band that entertains and excites audiences with their authentic brand of jump blues dance music.
More info: http://bit.ly/WILLIE-ROAD-TRAMPS or text 714-809-6146

The band has opened shows for artists such as Albert Lee, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, Guitar Shorty, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dickey Betts, Eric Sardinas, Martha Davis and the Motels, Ambrosia, and Venice.

The Road Tramps are Bill “Willie” Utley, vocals and harp; Michael Dotson, guitar; Nick Santangelo, keyboards; Michael Neipris, drums; Dix Henneke, bass. The Dirty Horns are Matt Kalin, sax; Shawn Miskinis, trumpet; and Russ Mullin, trombone.

All ages, free parking, full menu in the Arts District of beautiful downtown Santa Ana at 100 S. Main St. 92701

For complete show list, go to http://www.StellarShows.net

Jerry says:

Hi Brian, I lead a band on the East Coast called the Gotham City Swingers. My wife and I are planning on spending winters in LA to be closer to our son.. January – May and eventually move full time. My band is an octet and we specialize in the music of the 1930’s and 40’s swing era to the Rat Pack stylings of the 50’s and 60’s. As well as danceable arrangements of vintage film and TV theme songs. Would be looking to get involved with the LA swing dance community and perform for events. Thanks, Jerry. GCS Swing dance promo https://youtu.be/CD_jQUntntQ jerrycostanzo.com

Emily says:

Hi Brian, I just moved to LA. Do you know of any lindy hop performance groups that might be holding auditions soon?

Brian says:

Hi Emily,

You can find a list of LA swing/shag teams on the Camp Hollywood contest results page from last year:
http://www.camphollywood.net/2017/

You’ll have to google around to see how to contact these teams. Some are obvious, i.e,. Rusty’s Rhythm Rascals is Rusty Frank’s team. I know the LA Shag teams are Steve Sayer’s. Some are from out of town though.

Best,
Brian

Jamie Taylor says:

Hi, Im hosting a small party (~20 people) and Im interested in hiring a smaller band (3p) for swing/20s music. This seems like the best place to start looking. Thanks, JT

Brian says:

Hi Jamie,

I’d recommend the Big Butter Jazz Band. Contact and leader is Conrad:
https://www.bigbutterjazzband.com/

Best,
Brian

Jamie Taylor says:

Great thanks!

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