Music

Bands

Friday

KING Strang & The Stranglers 1930's style St. Louis jazz and old time swing combo from Salt Lake City. Bringing the simplistic melody, grit and groove back into the floor stomping jazz kingdom. Featuring top notch members of Salt Lake City's gypsy jazz and roots scene.

Saturday

Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles  

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Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles  is a Denver-based vintage jazz band devoted to revitalizing swing music and dance. This small group style swing band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show, intriguing generations new and old with the beloved charm of big band swing from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. The Pickles bring it all – high energy, quality musicianship, and an authentic big band sound and look that celebrates the unique American spirit of swing. The band fuses musical influences from the sounds of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw with the showmanship of Louis Armstrong, Lucky Millinder, and Jimmy Lunceford. With a smart respect for the preservation of vintage jazz music and entertainment, the Pickles are constantly adding new and original tunes to their repertoire. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long.

Trumpet player and vocalist, Joe Smith, started the band in January of 2013 to give dancers something to swing out to. Since the bands’ inception, the Pickles have held a special place in their heart for the swing dance community. The band travels from coast to coast playing their spicy tunes at swing dance events both large and small, inspiring dancers to fall in love with jazz over and over again. The group is notorious for their spot on arrangements and electrifying energy during competitions. The band is known to regularly keep dancers on their feet truckin’ until 4 in the morning.

Late Night & Sunday

Laura Lackey's Rhythm Revue play all shades of Americana Roots Music! Swing and New Orleans Jazz to Blues, Calypso and Gospel. Playing standards in their own style and many original songs based in the improvisational traditions of jazz and blues, the hot dance floor tunes are fresh and entertaining and the lineup often includes guest musicians from all over the globe!

Laura Lackey's Rhythm Revue began as spontaneous meetings between street musicians in 2011. The band made their way into the nightlife of Budapest, Hungary and have played swing dances and festivals Germany, Austria, Slovenia and all over the USA. With acoustic instrumentation including double bass, trumpet, saxophone and resonator guitar they are led by vocalist Laura Lackey who began playing music in the San Francisco Bay Area with the Sour Mash Hug Band and later in New Orleans, New York, London, Vienna and Berlin with the Whiskeyhickon Boys and Polish Coffee.

The current formation is lead by Bay Area vocalist Laura Lackey and includes Ross Plunkett on trumpet, Cricket Seuss on saxophone, Attila Kovacs on double bass and Katie Grenell on guitar. and frequently featuring many talented guest artists from around the world. The performance is always fresh featuring instruments such as trombone, washboard and keys! Melding the best of early twentieth century swing with the many voices of todays living jazz musicians!

Djs

Richard Bazi  played for dancers in London, here on the West Coast, East Coast, and many places in between, but my mainstay is in Portland, Oregon, where I live. I've been regularly Swinging the dance music here since 2007, but for the past three years have worked more on developing the Cherry Blossom Orchestra who play the music of the era!

As a DJ, I've featured at Swingin In the New Year(San Diego), Killer Diller(Seattle), Swing Renaissance and WWOZ Radio in New Orleans, and guested on Yehoodi.com. I've also taken a number of slots on radio at KBOO Portland with my own show 'The Jazz Museum'.

 

My range of recorded music for dancers spans from the 1920s into the 21st century, but above all I try to play for the floor with constant adjustments and reading of the action in the moment.

Kim Leung loves his swing dancing and loves his swing music.  A Utah native, Kim has been involved with swing dancing for over 20 years.  While playing various musical instruments during his childhood, Kim discovered swing dancing during his high school years and hasn't stopped.  He continues to be involved with the Lindy Hop scene in Salt Lake, taking his years of experience to DJ for Swingin' on Main.  When he's not dancing, Kim is happy to talk about his obsession with WWE or play some board games.