03.15.09: Swing House 1-Year Anniversary
"Gatsby-era fun with a twist of new school-vibe" - Village Voice
"An event worth wearing that ridiculous zoot suit for" - TimeOut NY Own This City pick
Bootleggers and speakeasies...wild dancers and smart mouths...art that sizzles and music that roars...
A costumed vintage dance ball with live swingin' dance sounds of the early 20th century, re-bopin' DJs remixing and reinventing vintage grooves, awesome aerial artistry, dazzling dance numbers, blazing burlesque and performance art to make you swoon. The Jazz Age never ended, it just got funky. Dress accordingly!
See below for detailed info on all performers and special offerings of the evening.
Dress: classy, tailored, glamorous, vintage (1940s), evening, hats, feathers, sequins, beads
Past Swing House details & photos here and here; hi res press photos here.
Swing House has moved to Sundays, and to a brand new gorgeous venue:
The Bell House, 149 7th St bet 2nd/3rd Ave, Gowanus, BK (M/R or F to 4th Ave/9th St)
8pm doors, 8:30pm dance class, 9pm-4am party
$12 with RSVP + themed dress, $18 door, $8 after 12am; 21+
The main room at The Bell House. There is also a cozy lounge for drinks and conversation.
Photos by Jonathan Weiskopf
Photos by Steven Rosen (full gallery here)
More on our artists:
Live hard bop big(gish) band swing!
JC Hopkins' Biggish Band
With original songs rooted in big band jazz, be-bop, and the classic American Songbook, JC Hopkins has drawn comparisons to Mose Allison and Van Dyke Parks for his clever turns of phrase and elegant arrangements. JC Hopkins' Biggish Band creates that special alchemy of Americana jazz - something akin to Irving Berlin conducting a Moondog street symphony - that sounds simultaneously bold and classic, sophisticated and searching. Singers as diverse as Norah Jones, Victoria Williams, Martha Wainwright, Jolie Holland, and Madeleine Peyroux (who co-wrote four songs on the band's album "Underneath A Brooklyn Moon)", and now Queen Esther have fronted the band. The band's live sound is a rollicking, swinging free-for-all, an inheritance of Mingus and Basie.
"Hopkins writes swinging material tailor made for a vacuum-tube radio, and it's delivered with a timeless flair by the lead singer, Queen Esther." - The New Yorker. "Check them out, so you can say you saw them when they were merely biggish, as opposed to huge!" - Time Out New York
MsTickle is the Style Queen of burlesque: a stylist and creator of dance and burlesque costumes, gimmicks and gags; assistant stylist for Marc Jacobs Xmas parties and other special events; costume designer for Norman's Big Night Out; designer/writer/director of Mantasia; costume designer for The Bombshell Girls.
Peekaboo Pointe, the Delinquent Darling of Burlesque, the Fastest Tassel-Twirler from East to West, is the perfect combination of books and brains...and bumps and grinds. She began as a classically trained modern dancer, studying under Bill T. Jones and the Mark Morris Dance Group, among many others, received a BFA in choreography and performance in 2002. Along with modern dance she has extensive training in classical ballet, tap, as well as Afro-Cuban dance. She studied Salsa and Afro-Cuban dance in Cuba with the dance group Cutumba and is also an accomplished trapeze artist. Peekaboo now performs as one of The World Famous Pontani Sisters, as well as part of Le Scandal Cabaret, Starshine Burlesque, Pinchbottom Burlesque, Sweet and Nasty, and Wasabassco Burlesque.
"The Girl with the 34 and a half inch inseam", Legs is a born and bred New Yorker with a fierce love for thrilling the unprepared and wowing those who have been warned. She co-produces Sugar Shack Burlesque with fellow femme fatale Runaround Sue.
Awesome aerial: Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic has performed trapeze and aerial dance with The Tigerlillies Circus in Berlin, Stockholm, Helsinki, and Paris, and with Circus Nexus in Hazard, Kentucky; Normal, Illinois; and Farmington, New Mexico. He's performed shadow work with Pilobolus in Barcelona and on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He's trained with Tanya Gagne, Lisa Giobbi and Helene Turcotte.
Feats of Fire
We bring back the mesmerizing fire breathers, spinners & hoopers from parties past.
Meet our beautiful vintage go go girls, entertaining you in band breaks.
Swingin' beats, reimagined & remixed!
Live swing remix: FreeBass
A swingin' collaboration between beat producer and celebrated maven of the underground Miss DJ Shakey and hep cat of the four strings Aaroneous, FreeBass has been making the denizens of the groove from Atlantic City to Reno shake what their mommas gave them with their blend of snazzy beats and vintage basses. Produced on the spot by Shakey on her array of space age effects and electronic doodads with Aaroneous on live upright and acoustic basses from across the known galaxy, a FreeBass performance strides the tightrope-taught line between the future and past, electronic and organic, exotic and familiar. For Swing House, FreeBass will be doing a special all-jazz set, mixing vintage samples with live bass lines.
Jazz swingin' beats...original, reimagined & remixed!
Guest DJ: Miss Bliss
Miss Bliss has performed for crowds of 1000+ on four continents over the last eight years, touring Europe, Asia and South America three times each. She has performed in 19 countries, 22 US States, and at over 150 venues worldwide. In 2006, Miss Bliss decided to hang up the headphones and dedicate herself to environmental conservation and international development. Since then, she has spent over 20 months living in developing countries including Tanzania, Nepal and Costa Rica, including 10 months in Zanzibar as a Fulbright scholar studying community-based marine conservation. Now back in New York, Miss Bliss is returning to DJing again -- only this time look out for her in the speakeasys and cabarets because she's DJing jazz and swing!
DJ Shakey, aka Julie Covello, has been a professional nightclub / mobile disc jockey / wedding dj for over 14 years. She is also a record collector, music consultant, and veteran of the music video industry. She specializes in diverse music, music in media, dance parties, and special concepts. Her music collection includes over 9000 vinyl recordings and cds. She is a party co-ordinator, promoter, experienced host, and has performed on radio, internet, and television broadcasts.
And extra special FREE treats
Lindy-licious dance class:
Don't know how to dance? No worries, we'll teach you!