As you can see by our "Picture of the Week," we've got an exciting event next Wednesday -- The Rhythm Club All-Stars & Shout 'n Feel It will be playing and performing respectively at our very own stomping grounds. Plus, our July Level 1 will be making their first class outing to the club.
RHYTHM CLUB ALL-STARS JULY 18TH
So "Who the heck are The Rhythm Club All-Stars," you ask?
They are a band put together especially for us by the extraordinary drummer for Royal Crown Revue -- Daniel Glass. I was talking to him at Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club, and we came up with the idea of a band comprised of world-class players, each of whom had played at one time or another with a band at the Rhythm Club.
Here's what we've got*:
Daniel Glass, Drums -
Royal Crown Revue
John Reynolds, Guitar -
Dean Mora Orchestra
John Hatton, Bass -
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Corey Gemme, Cornet -
Trad Jazz All Stars
When I asked Daniel what kind of music they'll be playing (as they play Classic Swing to Neo Swing), he replied "The best of swing standards from the golden era of jazz."
Wow! Wow! Wow!
*These players are featured musicians with many bands and orchestras, but we thought you might recognize these listings especially.
SHOUT 'N FEEL IT JULY 18TH
If The Rhythm Club All-Stars were not enough to lure you to the club next week, then surely Shout 'n Feel It are! This outstanding performance team comes to us all the way from Sweden. They will be putting on a dance show during the band break (some time between 9:30-10:00pm). Just as their name says, you will -- shout and feel it!
LEVEL 1 RHYTHM CLUB OUTING JULY 18TH
And last, but not least, our July Level 1 class will be coming in force to the Rhythm Club on July 18th. This will be their first group outing to the club, and they are looking forward (with the same excitement/fear/enthusiasm you felt on your first time out) to meeting and dancing with all of you.
By the way, this is our biggest Level 1 class since January!!! Thank you, each and every one of you, for sending them our way and helping to keep swing dancing alive and kicking.
See you on the dance floor!
JEAN VELOZ -- LIVING LIVE
Finally, we got ahold of the entire program that we did back in May for Living Live TV. Enjoy hearing Jean Veloz talk about her life, and maybe find yourself dancing at the Rhythm Club Anniversary Party!
THIS WEEK'S CONTEST!!
The first person to send us an email with the answer to the following wins a free pass to the Rhythm Club for tomorrow nite:*
What local swing vocalist heads up Camp Hollywood?
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
HOLD THESE DATES FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
All workshops are held on selected Sundays throughout the year from 11:00am-1:30pm at Rebekah Hall in El Segundo 90245. Click HERE for details (as they are revealed to us!)
2007 WORKSHOP DATES
A TICKET TO THEE TWENTIES
SATURDAY, JULY 14 -- THE HOMESTEAD MUSEUM
Special event features Mora's Modern Rhythmists 1920's dance orchestra playing their swellest twenties' dance tunes on this wonderful historic site. The event runs from 4:30 to 7:30pm. In addition, there will be historic house tours, crafts, food, games, demonstrations and more! Period costume is encouraged. Best of all, admission is FREE!
BASTILLE DAY -- LOS ANGELES
SUNDAY, JULY 15 -- SANTA MONICA
On Sunday, July 15th, 2007, Angelenos will celebrate the sixth annual official Bastille Day LA Festival at Bergamot Station -- Southern California's largest art gallery complex and cultural center (Olympic Boulevard & Cloverfield) -- with French gastronomic delicacies and spectacular live entertainment.
AND... we'll be there teaching a swing dancing class from 7:30-8:00pm! Plus all the good folks from Third Street Swingers will be on hand throughout dancing up a storm.
Come join in the fun and experience what thousands of people have been enjoying for the past six years, making this annual celebration one of the most well-attended community festivals in Los Angeles. Entertainment includes:
- A true Provencal Petanque Tournament under the pine trees
- A Parisian Waiter's Race
- A children's village with fun and games
- Street performers
- Tahitian dancers
- Comedians, singers, artists
- French Market vendors
- Sidewalk cafes
- Fun prizes for all races
- Fabulous raffles including a trip to Paris!!
- Famous French food, wines and gastronomic delights!
Saturday, July 21, 2007 -- 2pm-3pm
Downey Retirement Home
1500 Dolan Ave.
Downey, CA 90241
We have script, MC, singers. Now need equal leads, follows plus a DJ. Email me if you can dance for these lovely people on Saturday, July 21, 2007, 2pm-3pm.
John Apodaca's niece runs the Recreation Dept. at this retirement center and has asked us to return. They had a ball last time and were highly received so let's try again and bring our music and dancing mayhem to those who don't get out much. Cool summer vintage attire is appreciated!
THANK YOU FOR PAST EVENT - JUNE 2ND MARY CREST MANOR
Our hardy group of dancers from around South Bay, Orange and Pasadena traveled to be the most beautiful assisted living for retired nuns and Catholics -. Mary Crest Manor. Many of the residents are Alzheimer's Patients and very infirm - it was a subdued crowd to begin. Many cannot clap due to arthritis so were given clap hands to show their appreciation - by the second dance - we knew we were bringing back memories.
By the end one lady wheel chair bound was practically standing in joy with clapper high in her hands. We could have gone on all afternoon. We stayed to chat and many talked to us and had a great memories of times past with their dance memories.
We all were touched by their warmth and generosity for these ladies (we were told there are men on the premises) who are cared for by the Carmelite nuns in an amazing fashion. We were requested for another date.
The intrepid dancers were:
Rita Cantanzarite (who met a 98 year old lady from her home of New Jersey and her aunt was Rita's old principal!)
Tony Mercurio ( who we lost during announcements we found him sitting with 3 charming ladies in their 90's calling him a young snapper! Anyone who knows Tony knows this is his style! )
John Apodaca ( who produced the CD)
Everett Perez (great ballroom dances)
June Mikrut (great ballroom and West Coast with Everett)
A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO Amber and Huffy from the Bobby Sox Brigade who gave an amazing display of Balboa and Lindy and Amber was DJ but also pre- entertained the crowd for an extra 15 minutes pre-show with swing stuff!
Two vocalists of Debbie's sang and delighted the ladies with songs of the 1940's Angelie and Erica - Erica the older student read the script very ably.
Angela Amaro costumer to the stars was not present but sent hair decorations for the female dancers - hand made.
A marvelous thank you to all who were a great team and the drinks at the Culver Hotel (1920's ) cooled us all down - thank you Tony!
CAMP HOLLYWOOD -- Camp Hollywood, where Jitterbug lives! Over the past ten years, Camp Hollywood has emerged to become the world's largest Lindy Hop dance camp, attracting hundreds of dancers from all over the globe to celebrate the love of Swing! Featured bands: The Campus Five, The Feetwarmers, Mora's Modern Rhythmists, The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, Stompy Jones.
what the heck a "gate"is? This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian,
Jerry Colonna, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the
Bob Hope radio program. It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer
or swing music enthusiast). Basically, we swing like a gate!
JOIN THE FUN!
BUT, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?
Many of you still don't know about our Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's one of our best kept secrets. Now is the time to get the SSRC "above the radar."
THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB (SSRC), founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, The SSRC has two missions:
1. Having fun! (Fun)
2. Doing good deeds! (Philanthropy)
1. Having fun: Events where swing dancers can socialize and get to know each other outside of class (vintage clothes shopping, going to a dance-related movie, dancing in the park, eating at retro restaurants before a dance, etc.).
2. Doing good deeds: Events where we bring swing dancing to hospitals, senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.
The SSRC is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by its members. There are no dues. Members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.
"How do I join?"...
Right now, fill in your email address
and click the Yahoo log (that's it!):