Welcome to Swing Asheville! Below you’ll see a quick overview of the happenings at our official Tuesday night weekly dance at THE BLOCK off Biltmore at 39 S Market St, downtown Asheville. The cover is $5 for Swing Asheville members (become a member by clicking HERE…please be patient, page takes a while to load!).
Note that every month, this schedule will change to reflect the upcoming bands and learning opportunities!
Tuesday Night Music & Dance Schedule
The dance runs from 9-11 pm, followed by late night vintage blues dancing.
|May 2, 2017||Open Community Jam||This monthly fundraiser for Swing Asheville has become one of our favorite nights and really brings our community together! The music will be our community swing jam band (lead by Michael Gamble) which means YOU are welcome to jump on stage and sing or play old jazz favorites with us- or dance your heart out.|
|May 9, 2017||Moonshine Rhythm Club (out of town band!)||Based in Nashville, TN, Moonshine Rhythm Club started out as a pick-up trio one late night at a Jump Session swing dance in Nashville. They started busking around central TN, finding their sound and wowing audiences of all ages. Now, they are performing swing tunes at dance events, festivals, clubs, private parties while still keeping true to their origins. They are as comfortable playing for a Lindy Hop or Balboa dance audience, as they are to a seated enthralled crowd – although people don’t remain seated for long.|
|May 16, 2017||The Low-Down Sires||The Low-Down Sires have been busy reviving rare early 20th century jazz classics for the past five years, and are known and respected widely as true traditionalists. Consistently hailed as one of the most popular dance bands in the region, the Sires have had the pleasure of performing at events all over the eastern US, in addition to their regular circuit of local swing dances, club appearances, and private parties. Dedicated to the lost sounds of the earliest roots of jazz, and inspired by the compositions and arrangements of King Oliver, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton and other giants from the storied origins of the art form, their authentic sound transports listeners to the streets of Old New Orleans and the barrelhouses of early 20th century Mississippi river towns. Their hot swingin' style is a surefire hit with audiences everywhere, from concert halls, bars and back-porches, to swing dances and street corners|
|May 23, 2017||Anna Cecilia & The Big Time (out of town band!)||Anna Cecilia & the Big Time marry masterful musicianship with the rich tradition of the American songbook. Anna Cecilia's impeccable vocals lead the Big Time's lively rhythms through swingin' tunes and soulful blues, compositions both traditional and original. Together, the Swedish chanteuse and her stellar band create an entertaining experience that at once captivates listeners and compels bodies to dance. Website: http://www.annaceciliasings.com/bigtime/ Album (from last year): https://annaceciliasings.bandcamp.com/album/live|
|May 30, 2017||Wyatt Yurth & The Gold Standard||Wyatt Yurth and the Gold Standard is a modern western swing band that brings a fresh take to classic music. Inspired by the jazz cowboys of old, Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Jimmy Revard and others, Asheville’s own western swingers dig into the intersection of swing, country, and blues. They’re sure to get you moving with hot jazz standards and swinging arrangements of fiddle tunes and honky tonk gold. The 7-9 piece band features banjo, clarinet, fiddle and pedal steel guitar.|
Tuesday Night Class Schedule
(All monthly class series begin the first Tuesday night of the month.)
|Tuesday in May at 7 pm||Continuing Lindy Hop
For people who can do 8-count or 6-count footwork on demand, who know what a Swingout is. :) We will work on practical dance technique, common but interesting social moves / repertoire, styling, and anything else that moves your dancing foreward! Remember, the more regularly you show up, the more the whole group can make progress! Come swing out with us, y'all!
|Michael Gamble & Jaya Dorf|
|Tuesdays in May at 8 pm||Beginner Friendly Swing
For new dancers. Get some basic social dance skills under your belt! We'll sample some Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Charleston, 6-count, 8-count, all-of-the-above! Don't know what these are? Doesn't matter! No partner needed. Please bring shoes that will stay on your feet. Exact class topics will be based on who shows up and what they need! PRE-REQUISITES: none! Classes are held every Tuesday from 8-9pm at The BLOCK off biltmore. Each class costs $10, or $8 if you are a Swing Asheville member.
|Michael Gamble & Jaya Dorf|
June: Intermediate & Beginner Balboa w/ Melissa & Franklin!