Howdy Swingsters, time for a catchup on all the wonderful dance & social events coming up for the next couple of weeks – Grab A Cuppa, pen and diary and lets fill your dance card..
Whats coming up snapshot:
- Tonight – Ground and Sound
2. World Lindy Hop Day
3. Harvest Moon Swing Ball hosted by Swing On In
4. CRO Hokey Pokey with Chrissy & Ray – Need Dancers – Paid Gig
5. CRO Chrissy & Ray Dance Workshops
6. CRO Swing A Billy Ray Swing Dance Stage
7. CRO Sunday Swing Sesh
8. CRO – Do you like to bake?
9. Are you Hep to the Jive?
10. What to Wear?
TONIGHT: – Thursday 23 May 2019 – 6.30pm – 9.30pm -Swing Jame Sessions at Ground and Sound – Shop 6/23 Musgrave Ave, Chirn Park
The first one was so successful we are back to do it all over again and at this rate it will be a staple in the swing dance and musicians calendar! Join us Thursday 23rd May – 6.30pm to 9.30pm.. this organic Swing Jam Session is open to jazz & swing musicians, open mic singers and Swing DJ’s wanting to play to the dancers, entertain the public and just enjoy the free space to explore and create.
We are hoping this night expands and grows organically, the guys at Ground N Sound are super supportive and with polished concrete floor, music memorabilia and vintage furniture this place has such speak easy character we just want to go and hang out there!
Open to all and completely FREE..
World Lindy Hop Day – Sunday 26 May 2019 – What is it and whats on:
History of World Lindy Hop Day
The World Lindy Hop Day honors the birthday of Frankie Manning, the prime of Lindy hop dance and he is the most influential person in swing dance history. After the decline in popularity in the 1950s, this form of swing music attracted many followers with its undeniable vitality. The universal sign of the Lindy Hop features the creative and exhilarating movements which allow the partners to connect in a method which uplifts the spirit, promotes human connection, and develops the generosity. It allows the dancers to meet in a particular environment that supports the building of bridges on personal, community, and global levels. A celebration promoting the spirit of Frankie Manning
Brisbane Event: The Pantheon of Swing at the Wandering Cooks – Cnr Fish Lane and Cordelia St, South Brisbane Wandering Cooks
Sunday Hot Club shines a light on Lindy Hop on May 26th, in league with many other events kicking off around Brisbane and the globe for World Lindy Hop Day, with none other than Andrew Garton’s Pantheon of Swing!
$10 on the Door. Kids free. Doors at 3.30pm. Gig starts 4pm until 6pm. Jam to follow until 7.30pm.
Beer on Tap, Wine and Cheeseboards, Full Bar and Multiple Kitchens. Stay for dinner!
Harvest Moon Swing Ball – Thursday 6 June 2019 – 8.30pm – Twin Towns Ballroom – $25pp
Re-live the style, glamour, romance and excitement of the Swing Era as we re-create The Harvest Moon Swing Ball, a Magical Night of Vintage Style, Dancing and Big Band Music by The Harvest Moon Swing Band Featuring Tnee-Melissa Western-Dyer
Hosted by SWING On In and Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts Ballroom for the Cooly Rocks On Festival. You will be transported back to a simpler and more elegant time for just a moment. Enjoy a fabulous night of opulence, fine music, dance and gorgeous settings. Your favourite DJ Swingabilly Ray will be keeping the dance floor full in between the 3 magical sets of the Harvest Moon Swing Band featuring Melissa Western.
The Harvest Moon Swing Ball will follow the 2019 Miss Cooly Rocks On Pageant – Cooly Rocks On which is free to come an enjoy so come along at 6pm, enjoy the entertainment of the pageant then stay for the ball (Tickets for the ball are $25 dance floor space or $35 VIP Table reserved seating) Tickets available soon at https://www.twintowns.com.au/events/harvest-moon-swing-ball/
It’s coming up and there are so many events to be involved in, immerse yourself and have a load of fun. Swing On In will be there and everywhere so look her and see whats happening:
** Thursday 6 June 2019
**The Strand Coolangatta – Level 1 Opp Pancake Palace – Lindy Hop Dance Workshops x 2 with Chrissy & Ray – $10 per class – 11.30a – 12.30 then 12.45 – 1.45pm
PLUS: 12 Noon to 3pm – Dedicated SWING DANCE Stage at QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK STAGE with DJ Mark Tippett and Swing A Billy Ray – 3 Hours of swing dancing fun!
Location: Greenmount Stage
The icon of Cooly is back! The famous dance that put Coolangatta on the map – the Hokey Pokey.
Head to the beachside Greenmount Stage at the southern end of Coolangatta and learn the Hokey Pokey in this free workshop with DJ Swingabilly Ray and Swing On In
Friday 7th June – 11am to 2pm Do you like to Bake?
[VINTAGE BAKE OFF]
Calling all bakers and cake makers, we have the perfect event for you at this year’s festival – the Vintage Bake Off!
Whip up a classic car chiffon, rock ‘n’ roll red velvet or music-themed marble and enter in the Best Themed Cake category. Or bring out your best nostalgic baking recipes for the Best Homestyle Baking category. Great prizes to be won!
Saturday 8 June 2019 – Rhydian & The Residuals
Kooly Kat proudly presents our very own local swing big band Rhydian & The Residuals. Close your eyes and you’d swear you were listening to Michael Buble!
$25 pre-sale online (until 2nd June or sold out)
$30 at the door (limited)
Tickets for sale online NOW!
Sunday 9 June 2019 – Swinging Sunday Sesh with Swing On In At Cooly Rocks On
THIS MONTH IS A SPECIAL SUNDAY SWING SESH!
Join us for a Lazy wind down Sundayzzz swing dancing at different cool location at the Cooly Rocks On Festival. Cruisy swing tunes as played by some wild cool and swinging bands. Starting at 3pm we will meet and dance to one of our new fav bands Morse Code (From our WWII Blitz Party Fame) then we will decide where to next., so many places to pop up and dance, socialise and of course: Dance, Chill, Eat, Drink, Repeat!
Are you Hep to the Jive? The Cab Calloway Hepster Dictionary by THE ART OF MANLINESS
But before Sinatra, there was Cab Calloway.
Calloway was an energetic singer and bandleader during the 1930’s and 1940’s. His big band gained fame at Harlem’s premier night club, The Cotton Club. Cab Calloway and His Orchestra became a nationwide sensation with their weekly radio broadcast on NBC and their nationwide tours. Calloway wrote such hits as “Minnie the Moocher” and “Jumpin’ Jive.” He was also one of the first jazz musicians to make use of “scat” in his performances. Here’s Cab Calloway and His Orchestra performing Mini the Moocher.
In addition to writing and performing great swing music, Calloway created an entirely new lingo. He never took his hepster slang too seriously; it was all about having fun and being unique. Soon lots of people wanted to speak just like Cab. To help facilitate this, Calloway produced a Hepster Dictionary in 1940 that accompanied Cab Calloway sheet music.
Below are the definitions of Cab’s jive. You’ll notice that we still use many of them today. Learn a few choice phrases and try peppering your speech with them. Just like Cab, you’ll get a kick out of the reactions you’ll get from the ickies. Plus, using slang your grandpa might have used is a cool way to connect with Gramps.
So are you ready to get hep to the jive?
- A hummer (n.) — exceptionally good. Ex., “Man, that boy is a hummer.”
- Ain’t coming on that tab (v.) — won’t accept the proposition. Usually abbr. to “I ain’t coming.”
- Alligator (n.) — jitterbug.
- Apple (n.) — the big town, the main stem, Harlem.
- Armstrongs (n.) — musical notes in the upper register, high trumpet notes.
- Barbecue (n.) — the girl friend, a beauty
- Barrelhouse (adj.) — free and easy.
- Battle (n.) — a very homely girl, a crone.
- Beat (adj.) — (1) tired, exhausted. Ex., “You look beat” or “I feel beat.” (2) lacking anything. Ex, “I am beat for my cash”, “I am beat to my socks” (lacking everything).
- Beat it out (v.) — play it hot, emphasize the rhythym.
- Beat up (adj.) — sad, uncomplimentary, tired.
- Beat up the chops (or the gums) (v.) — to talk, converse, be loquacious.
- Beef (v.) — to say, to state. Ex., “He beefed to me that, etc.”
- Bible (n.) — the gospel truth. Ex., “It’s the bible!”
- Black (n.) — night.
- Black and tan (n.) — dark and light colored folks. Not colored and white folks as erroneously assumed.
- Blew their wigs (adj.) — excited with enthusiasm, gone crazy.
- Blip (n.) — something very good. Ex., “That’s a blip”; “She’s a blip.”
- Blow the top (v.) — to be overcome with emotion (delight). Ex., “You’ll blow your top when you hear this one.”
- Boogie-woogie (n.) — harmony with accented bass.
- Boot (v.) — to give. Ex., “Boot me that glove.”
- Break it up (v.) — to win applause, to stop the show.
- Bree (n.) — girl.
- Bright (n.) — day.
- Brightnin’ (n.) — daybreak.
- Bring down ((1) n. (2) v.) — (1) something depressing. Ex., “That’s a bring down.” (2) Ex., “That brings me down.”
- Buddy ghee (n.) — fellow.
- Bust your conk (v.) — apply yourself diligently, break your neck.
- Canary (n.) — girl vocalist.
- Capped (v.) — outdone, surpassed.
- Cat (n.) — musician in swing band.
- Chick (n.) — girl.
- Chime (n.) — hour. Ex., “I got in at six chimes.”
- Clambake (n.) — ad lib session, every man for himself, a jam session not in the groove.
- Chirp (n.) — female singer.
- Cogs (n.) — sun glasses.
- Collar (v.) — to get, to obtain, to comprehend. Ex., “I gotta collar me some food”; “Do you collar this jive?”
- Come again (v.) — try it over, do better than you are doing, I don’t understand you.
- Comes on like gangbusters (or like test pilot) (v.) — plays, sings, or dances in a terrific manner, par excellence in any department. Sometimes abbr. to “That singer really comes on!”
- Cop (v.) — to get, to obtain (see collar; knock).
- Corny (adj.) — old-fashioned, stale.
- Creeps out like the shadow (v.) — “comes on,” but in smooth, suave, sophisticated manner.
- Crumb crushers (n.) — teeth.
- Cubby (n.) — room, flat, home.
- Cups (n.) — sleep. Ex., “I gotta catch some cups.”
- Cut out (v.) — to leave, to depart. Ex., “It’s time to cut out”; “I cut out from the joint in early bright.”
- Cut rate (n.) — a low, cheap person. Ex., “Don’t play me cut rate, Jack!”
- Dicty (adj.) — high-class, nifty, smart.
- Dig (v.) — (1) meet. Ex., “I’ll plant you now and dig you later.” (2) look, see. Ex., “Dig the chick on your left duke.” (3) comprehend, understand. Ex., “Do you dig this jive?”
- Dim (n.) — evening.
- Dime note (n.) — ten-dollar bill.
- Doghouse (n.) — bass fiddle.
- Domi (n.) — ordinary place to