Check out our music lineup from last year’s event below!
Friday & Saturday Main Dance
Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders Octet are a hard swinging and stylistically faithful ensemble created in the mold of the late 1930’s, early 1940’s dance band.
Their sound is characterized by an aggressive four-on-the-floor time-feel, thick & riffy horn arrangements, and an eclectic songbook that touches on the sweet and sentimental as well as the hot and bothered. The band plays in various configurations, and each version of the group explores different avenues of the classic repertoire.
The Octet - featured both nights! - performs arrangements that were popularized not by the large orchestras or small combos, but the many medium-sized outfits that worked during the time such as those led by Fletcher Henderson, the Coleman Hawkins All Stars, various Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton side groups, the Dickie Wells, Teddy Wilson, and Willie Bryant orchestras, and more.
They dig up material that will be instantly familiar to vintage music aficionados and swing dancers even if it never made it to the Greatest Hits compilations of the day.
Bandleader Michael Gamble’s 15+ years of work in every aspect of the global swing dance community informs the band’s repertoire and taste. The music will carry a dance floor all night long, but is just as comfortable in listening rooms, or even setting a classy tone for a private event. Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders pursue one mission in any setting: to share the joy and infectious energy of mid-20th century American Jazz!
Saturday Late Night
Our Saturday late-night band will be James Posedel and the Posey Quintet!
The Posey Quintet is a piano-driven homage to swing-era music and dance culture. The PQ features rhythm-centric arrangements of hot jazz and swing obscurities from the turn of the century through the late 1940's. The ensemble draws inspiration from the 'piano powerhouses' of the 20's - 40's: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, and Teddy Wilson. This small jazz combo is led by Asheville’s own stride pianist, James Posedel
Thursday night pre-party
Born from a love of vintage jazz and Lindy Hop, Megan and her Goody Goodies make it their goal to keep the dance floor swinging all night long.
Led by vocalist and bandleader Megan Lange, the band seeks to bring an authentic vintage sound to the modern day audience. Finding inspiration in the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Julia Lee, Anita O'Day, and Bessie Smith and featuring a solid, driving rhythm section, the Goody Goodies capture the sound of a bygone era.
Megan is excited to be joining The Posey Quintet on Saturday evening as well as launching the weekend with a pre-party at Rudy’s Jazz Room!
As important as live music is to us, we wanted to bring in the best of the best DJs to spin some of the goodies from which we find constant inspiration. We've hand-selected our favorites for you - stay tuned for more!
Long before setting foot on her first dance floor, Qui has always been in search of good music. From scouting out local shows, to digging through dusty record store crates, her motto has always been "if it moves you, it's good music". So it was quite natural for her to fall in love with swing music and dancing. A lover of the music first, and the movement a close second, you can always catch her listening to and dancing close by the bandstand at any number of swing, balboa or blues events. You might even find her in the DJ booth, spinning tunes at the local dances in her hometown of Richmond, VA, as well as at various dances and events throughout the region. She is super excited to be coming to Rhythm Is Our Business and can't wait to dance with everyone!
In October of 2011, Nick won a pair of Aris Allens in the costume contest at his college scene's Halloween dance. He'd only been at it for less than a month, but he decided that since he had these shoes, he might as well stick with this whole swing dancing thing.
Six and a half years later and Nick is a student of all things swing. He has traveled upwards of 30 weekends a year to dance and to learn about swing dancing and swing music. Formerly a Knoxville dancer and DJ Coordinator for the Knoxville Swing Dance Association, Nick's new home is in Gallatin, where he and his wife are working to establish a small local scene.
The music's gonna swing. No way around it. Nick's library of swing music that is sure to bring any swing dancer to their feet with a smile on their face. Nick sees the music as the third partner in the dance, and his goal is to be that partner that you look forward to dancing with again and again.