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Patty and the Buttons

Thursday Riverboat 7p-10p

Patty and The Buttons formed in the fall of 2008 when accordionist/vocalist Patrick “Patty” Harison returned to his midwestern home. Having been raised in the Minneapolis music scene, he knew just the guys to call. For 3 years, Patty had been traveling extensively with Loose Marbles and Panorama Jazz Band out of New Orleans, LA. With Panorama Jazz Band he appeared at many notable festivals including The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Veracruz International Jazz Festival and others. The Loose Marbles have been all over the world and back playing street corners, theaters, festivals, plantations, parks, squats, caravans, riverboats, ferries and various other locales. He also spent a year in New York studying and playing with some of the worlds finest musicians. While in NYC, he also founded the Baby Soda Jazz Band which features some off the finest young “hot” jazz players in the world.

The Buttons are a continuance of Patrick’s love of hot rhythm and happy feet. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Dust Bowl Ballads, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also beautifully melancholy and lush when it needs to be. The band also performs as a six piece with drums and trumpet for larger affairs. Patty, mostly known as an accordionist, doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Robert Bell Hot Swing Combo

Friday Night 9p - 12a

Revered by local lindy hoppers and dance-shy jazzheads alike, Robert Bell is one of the most important figures in the Twin Cities jazz scene today. Of the many dance bands he leads, his Hot Swing Combo was brought together in the early aughts for the sole purpose of providing dancers the opportunity to be as expressive, creative and innovative as possible.

Steeped in the 30's and 40's swing tradition but not afraid to let Robert's gypsy jazz history inflect their sound, the Hot Swing Combo brings it every time dancers' feet hit the floor.

The Hot Baked Goods

Saturday Night 9p - 12a

Led by Ryan Calloway, The Hot Baked Goods are a band of young jazz musicians playing hot tunes of the 30's. Most of the band members started as swing dancers, and became so infatuated with the music that they decided to make some themselves!

This up-and-coming dance band is making the trip all the way out from San Francisco to blow your mind a full night of hot baked sets at the Saturday main parties. 

Twin Cities Hot Club

Sunday Night 9p-12p

The Twin Cities Hot Club represents Minnesota in the burgeoning revival of gypsy jazz originally popularized by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France in the 1920s and 30s. They recreate not only the famous la pompe (the pump) that distinguishes this romantic brand of acoustic jazz, but also gypsy bossanova, musette, bolero and swing. Twin Cities Hot Club perform this timeless deep-rooted music that is physical, and speaks directly to the heart.

Prolific players in the Minneapolis and St. Paul lindy hop scene, the Twin Cities Hot Club has been keeping Minnesota dancers warm in the winter and sweltering in the summer for nearly a decade! They're a great regional favorite.

         Check out their sounds here

 

DJ Shelby Johnson

Shelby Johnson is a self proclaimed music snob who fell in love with jazz at an early age listening to the sounds of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. He really fell in love with swing music in the 6th grade thanks to a music appreciation and started playing jazz in the 8th grade after 3 years in band as a drummer and percussionist. In High school Shelby started playing the Vibraphone and would transpose his parts for most pieces as many pieces didn't provide written music. This developed Shelby's ear for music that was a huge catalyst for him catching the swing dance bug in 2011 in Orlando, Florida and boy what kind of journey that has started. 2 years later Shelby became one of the premier DJ's in Southeast being featured at exchanges in Florida and South Carolina. In 2013 Shelby moved to Dallas, TX where he continues to deliver awesome syncopated tunes for Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and Collegiate Shag. Shelby's passion for social dancing, teaching and competing landed him the 2016 Frankie Manning Ambassador Scholarship to Herrang Dance Camp where he expanded his knowledge on Jazz Dance and Music History.

DJ Nick Davis

Nick Davis began dancing in 1998 and discovered Lindy Hop in 2002. After founding Eugene's Track Town Swing in 2012, Nick has traveled around the globe to hone his dancing skills. Hewas the 2014 Frankie Manning Foundation Ambassador to Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden.

Since then, he has become part of the Frankie Manning Foundation and is actively involved in shaping the future of the global swing dance scene. When not traveling to dance events Nick can be found teaching and DJing in his home scene of Oregon. He believes bringing people together through the joy of Lindy Hop is his true life calling.

DJ Susan Olson

Susan first fell for swing as a young tween in the heady aftermath of The Gap Commercial, but didn't start actually lindy hopping until 2005. She has been playing tunes for dancers since 2008, and since then has had the pleasure of DJ’ing frequently both at home in Minneapolis and around the country.  Past events include Heartland Swing Festival, Midwest Lindy Fest, and Madison Invasion.  Fortunately for all concerned, Susan has long since moved on from Zoot Suit Riot and looks forward to pressing play on only the finest of jazz for her hometown event.