DCLX’tra – December 1, 2018: Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Beginner Lesson: 8 – 9 pm
Intermediate Lesson: 8 – 9 pm in the annex ($5)
Social Dancing: 9 pm – midnight
$20 regular admission, $15 for students and military with a valid ID
Price includes the FREE Beginner Lesson; Intermediate lesson: +$5

The Spanish Ballroom
at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812
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Steeped in the tradition of the masters but forging ahead with a style all its own, “Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes” is an all-women jazz ensemble based out of the DC area. Laid back but hard swinging, the Bullettes bring all generations together to enjoy a dynamite performance.

The Bullettes began as a dream of Shannon Gunn, trombone player and graduate of the George Mason University Masters in Jazz Studies program. Their first CD release, a five song EP, was the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Since then, the Bullettes have released three additional albums and continue to wow audiences and perform both swing, originals, and straight ahead jazz charts for audiences young and old.

The Bullettes are a musical organization that uplifts women in jazz, creates networking opportunities, and provides a positive role model for aspiring jazz musicians in the DC area.

Check them at any of the links below:
http://bullettesjazz.com

https://www.facebook.com/BullettesJazz/

IG: @jazztothebone, Twitter: @bullettesjazz and @jazztothebone

Band breaks by DJ TBD

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 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.