Jitterbug swing party
By Helena Frigola
In 1952 American Bandstand captured the attention and imagination of teenagers across the country. Kids were wild about the hot danceable music that was making the transition from swing to rock ’n’ roll. Rock ’n’ roll hit makers like Chuck Berry and Bill Haley and The Comets still included swing-era standards in their repertoire. It was a great time to jitterbug. Kids were crazy about dancing and loved the groove that started with Swing and went to the “oldies” of rock ’n’ roll showcased on American Bandstand in the 1950s.
Jitterbug Swing Party
Sat, Apr 12, 7:30pm
Tickets at the Sindicato or Biblioteca Bookstore
120 pesos, students 60 pesos, children free
Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 pm, San Miguel’s own Siempre Swing Band will return to the Sindicato with dynamic vocalist Johnny Favourite to present a Jitterbug Swing Party. Siempre Swing Band will take you down that musical memory lane from the hot swing classics – “In the Mood,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Jump, Jive and Wail” – through the jump blues of “Choo Choo Cha Boogie,” and rhythm and blues “Kansas City” to the early rock n’ roll of “Johnny B. Goode.”
Siempre Swing uses a strong rhythm section of double bass, drums and guitar to anchor its exciting lead section of brass and woodwinds. In fact, Siempre Swing boasts one of the longest horn lines that can be heard in the area with the explosive energy of a trombone, two trumpets and three saxophones.
For the show, the Sindicato will be converted into a nightspot with small tables to create an informal club feel that lures you onto the dance floor. Johnny Favourite, San Miguel’s crooner known for his piano bar, La Noche, will entertain you. If you want to dance or just tap your foot schmoozing at your table… if you’re “In the Mood” to “Jump, Jive and Wail”… you’ll want to spend the evening with Siempre Swing at the Sindicato.