Come dance with us to South Road Swing on Saturday, January 11, 2020!
8:00pm – 9:00pm — Free beginner swing dance lesson, no experience or partner necessary! 9:00pm-12:00am — Dance with South Road Swing!
Regular Admission: $20($15 with school and military ID)
About South Road Swing
South Road Swing is a brand new swing band focusing on playing music for swing dancers, made up entirely of jazz students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bandleader and trumpeter Renée McGee has put together this group, based on her own experiences as a dancer and as a musician playing for dancers, performing with bands such as the Jonathan Stout Orchestra and at events such as DCLX and Lindy Focus.
In October 2012, vocalist Chelsea Reed brought a few of her friends together to play some tunes in a South Philly dining room. Her plan was to form a band that played for swing dancers, so she could finally have the chance to sing her favorite songs for an audience that loved early jazz as much as she did. Since that fateful day, she’s been living that dream and couldn’t be happier about it.
Now, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Nine are at home at swing dances, jazz clubs and concert halls alike. They have played renowned Philadelphia venues and travel the country year round to perform at both Lindy and Blues exchanges and workshops. They’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Gordon Webster, and bassist Michael Gamble. They love exploring the roots of jazz and finding creative ways to interpret forgotten songs. Drawing upon the intensity of powerhouse vocalists, the ingenuity of 20th century composers, and the soul of the dance floor, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Nine honor the heritage of jazz with fresh arrangements and original songs. They are silly, passionate people who love playing this music.
Presented in cooperation with Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the National Park Service, and Montgomery County, MD.