DCLX’tra Halley’s Hot Gumbo Swingtet

UPDATE: The dance is still happening despite government shutdown. We’ll see you there!

Get started on your new year’s resolution by coming out to our first DCLX’tra of 2018 with Halley Shoenberg’s Hot Gumbo Swingtet on Saturday, January 20th! Whether your resolution is to try something new, dance more, meet some new people, or just to get out of the house, we’ve got the perfect thing to get you started.

A local from Silver Spring, MD, Halley Schoenberg is a musical chameleon who plays the clarinet, saxophone and the flute. Which one depends on the group she’s leading or playing alongside. Her groups have played at DC area festivals such as the Bethesda, MD Fine Arts Festival, Alexandria, VA Jazz Festival and the Silver Spring Swings concert series, and she has played at major venues including the Kennedy Center, National Parks, at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival and Blues Alley. Halley’s groups play everything from swinging originals to noted modern-era favorites, so you’ll be sure to find a tune that makes you want to tap your foot when Halley’s Hot Gumbo Swingtet is up on the Spanish Ballroom stage!

Band breaks by DJ Suzanne Ducker

Come early at 8pm for a beginner lesson with fabulous local instructors (included in your admission price). And remember, DCLX has Square! So cash, check, or plastic all work.

Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Beginner Lesson: 8 – 9 pm
Social Dancing: 9 pm – midnight
$18 regular admission, $14 for students with a valid ID
Price includes the FREE Beginner Lesson

The Spanish Ballroom
at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812

Presented in cooperation with Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the National Park Service, and Montgomery County, MD.

DCLX’TRA NOVEMBER 25th, 2017 – CRAIG GILDNER & THE BLUE SKY 5

Craig Gildner playing Piano in the Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom

Put the stuffing down and step away from the frim fram sauce, because DCLX has got some live music coming your way! Welcome back to the ballroom our very own hometown heroes, Craig Gildner & the Blue Sky 5!

This X’tra is definitely something to be thankful for! Come spend some time with your dance family and swing the heck out as Craig and his band play some tunes sure to be hotter than the oil you fried your turkey in!
(Other corny Thanksgiving references accepted in the comments section.)

Craig Gildner playing Piano in the Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom
Photo by Devon Rowland Photography

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Beginner Lesson: 8 – 9 pm (Free with admission!)
Intermediate Lesson: 8 – 9pm
Dance: 9 pm – midnight
$18 regular admission, $14 with a valid student ID.

The Spanish Ballroom
at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812

If you know how to lindy hop, watch TCM for fashion ideas in your wardrobe, appreciate style that never goes out of style, and listen to music from the era after prohibition and before rock and roll, then this band is for you!

Craig Gildner and The Blue Sky 5 were formed in 1999 by original members Craig Gildner and Tommy Greco during the high point of the swing dance resurgence. While other bands were donning outrageous zoot suits and playing jump blues, Craig was delving into the true classic repertoire of the swing era small bands from Basie, Ellington, Goodman and Shaw.

A unique feature of this band is that there are original songs and arrangements that stay true to the swing lexicon: you’d hardly know if it was written in 1944 or 2014. Vintage instruments and attire complete the effect. As testament to the band’s authenticity, it has appeared at premiere dance events such as DCLX, CincyLX, Austin Lindy Exchange, Jammin’ on the James, and Midsummer Night Swing.

Come early at 8pm for a beginner lesson with fabulous local instructors (included in your admission price). And remember, DCLX has Square! So cash, check, or plastic all work.

Presented in cooperation with Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the National Park Service, and Montgomery County, MD.

DCLX’tra September 16, 2017 – Chelsea Reed & the Fairweather Six!

Get ready to spread some rhythm around on September 16 with Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Six! (Get it? Get it?? Because that’s their new album! Check it out here: https://www.thefairweatherfive.com/)

The band will be lighting up the ballroom with three hours of toe-tappin jazz and THEN moving to the back room for another couple hours of booty shakin blues! You won’t want to miss this!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Beginner Lesson: 8 – 9 pm (Free with admission!)
Intermediate Lesson: 8 – 9pm
Dance: 9 pm – midnight

Where?
The Spanish Ballroom
at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812

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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 Six 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 Six honor the heritage of jazz with fresh arrangements and original songs. They are silly, passionate people who love playing this music.

And that’s all there is to it.

Band breaks by DJ Tony Vergara!

Come early at 8pm for a beginner lesson with fabulous local instructors (included in your admission price). Or, take our intermediate class (just $5) and learn something brand new! And remember, DCLX has Square! So cash, check, or plastic all work.

Presented in cooperation with Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the National Park Service, and Montgomery County, MD.