Harlequin Jazz Band – July 27, 2017

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All the way from Huntsville, Alabama, the Harlequin Jazz Band specialized in tongue-in-cheek covers of familiar tunes with brand new lyrics that will appeal to the special Lindy Hop nerd inside all of us.  We’re excited they are making their Rent Party debut and we were able to pick them up on tour!

8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – dance in The Lindy Lab back studio (with the orange door frame) at Triangle Dance Studio. Beginner lesson in Studio 4 from 8-8:30 p.m.

Admission is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10.00.

Triangle Dance Studio
2603 S. Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC

Russ Wilson – May 25, 2017

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Russ Wilson is bringing his Swingtet to RDU Rent Party – IT’S ALL ABOUT RUSS, Y’ALL, so the music will be BOSS and SWINGING with Russ at the drum kit and on vocals. He’s stopping by Rent Party on his way to perform at the Richmond Lindy Exchange, which you should all make plans to attend so you can get three nights and days of awesome dance music and a Memorial Day of rest to recover.

8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – dance in The Lindy Lab back studio (with the orange door frame) at Triangle Dance Studio. Free beginner lesson from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Studio 4 next door.

Admission is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10.00.

Triangle Dance Studio
2603 S. Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC

The Blue House Quintet and Triangle Intercollegiate Swing Dance Competition – March 30, 2017

14102736_133694057081430_5054885027714646829_nThe Blue House Quintet has the distinction of being the only dance band for swing dancers in the US made up entirely of college students (that we are aware of – we’ll make this claim and stand on it until refuted!) and we’re excited to present them in the Lindy Lab space for your dancing pleasure. We are also excited to announce that the Blue House Quintet will be playing live music for the very first Triangle Intercollegiate Swing Dance Competition!

WHAT’S THAT YOU SAY? That’s right, we’re inviting all college students (undergraduate and graduate) to compete in a Jack and Jill competition – if you’re new to competing, no worries, this is a great way to get your foot in the door. With Jack and Jill competitions it’s always a friendly competition and you are paired randomly with partners – maybe you will know your partner, maybe you won’t, but it will definitely be an adventure! Sign up during the first set, if there are enough people we will have prelims during the first band break (around 9:00 p.m.) and the competition will be at the end of the second set. Any swing dance will qualify – east coast swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa, whatever you’ve got in your skills pocket.

Beginner lesson with Hilary Buuck and Doug Noel from 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Studio 4, next door to the Lindy Lab studio.

8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – dance in The Lindy Lab back studio (with the orange door frame) at Triangle Dance Studio.

Admission is pay what you can with a $10 suggested donation to the band.

Triangle Dance Studio
2603 S. Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC

From Russia (via NY) with Love Edition, featuring Svetlana and the Delancey Five – February 16, 2017

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To: RDU swing dancers

From: Q and Moneypenny

Re: From Russia (via NY) with Love Edition, featuring Svetlana and the Delancey Five

Memo: Attention all swing dancer in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area, be on the lookout for an amazing swing band traveling from New York by the name of Svetlana and the Delancey Five, who will be invading our regularly scheduled Thursday night dance on February 16! Wear your 007 era finest attire and we’ll provide some lovely nibbles and vodka martinis to enhance your dancing and listening experience.

Here is your dossier on the band: “Prepare to swing & be moved!” (JazzLives) as Svetlana & The Delancey Five play their vintage inspired “exuberant, foot-stomping music combining swing and pop-singer / songwriter sensibilities” (WPIX11TV) for the 21st Century dancers and listeners! Fronted by the “outstanding vocalist and songwriter” (Wall Street Journal), the band has headlined many sold-out swing dances and shows in the US and has toured internationally playing for swing dancers (New York Swing Dance Society, Prohibition Productions Salons, Boston Swing Central, San Francisco’s Swing Dancing Club, Tel Aviv Swing Dancing Group, and many more!) and listeners in the premier jazz clubs (Blue Note, BBKings, Iridium, and many others) – as well as packed underground speakeasy parties! Band’s record has premiered among “most added” (JazzWeek/CMJ charts) and has been named in Top Ten Jazz records from 2016 by Classicalite and Bill’s Music Blog!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to swing the *#$@ out to this band!

8:000 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – free beginner swing lesson with Doug Noël and Hilary Buuck in Studio 4 next door!

8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – dance in The Lindy Lab back studio (with the orange door frame) at Triangle Dance Studio and spillover into Studio 4.

Admission is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10.00.

Triangle Dance Studio
2603 S. Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC

Boilermaker Jazz Band – January 12, 2017

12799214_10156713516410454_1133443903118238001_nThe incredible and legendary Boilermaker Jazz Band from Pittsburgh, PA will be making their Rent Party debut on Thursday, January 12, 2017!  We will be co-sponsoring this event with The Lindy Lab because it’s so special and we want it to be the biggest and best Rent Party yet!  We’ll be opening up studio 4 next door for overflow dance space and kick off 2017 right, with swingouts to one of the best swing dance bands in the world!

7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – free beginner swing lesson!

8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – dance in The Lindy Lab back studio (with the orange door frame) at Triangle Dance Studio and spillover into Studio 4.

Admission is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10.00.

Triangle Dance Studio
2603 S. Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC

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Moonshine Rhythm Club – December 1, 2016

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Nashville, Tennessee’s Moonshine Rhythm Club makes their RDU Rent Party debut to kick off the holiday season right – they are a dancer-lead jazz manouche-influenced group got its start busking and is touring this fall, so we’re happy they are making a stop to perform for Rent Party!  The band “synergizes musical influences from the sounds of Django Reinhardt, Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, and Fletcher Henderson and mixes it with their own unique gypsy flavor.”  We’ll be co-hosting this one with The Lindy Lab again – come swing with us!

8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – dance in The Lindy Lab back studio at Triangle Dance Studio

Admission is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10.00.

Triangle Dance Studio
2603 S. Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC

All Hallows Blues Edition with John Dee Holeman, Bullfrog Willard McGhee, and Tad Walters – October 27, 2016

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Living Piedmont blues legend John Dee Holeman joins ace blues men Bullfrog Willard McGhee and Tad Walters for a Halloween-themed rent party – bring your blues shoes and come in costume (by request from the band!)! We’ll have some Halloween treats and, as always, feel free to bring some treats and tricks of your own, it’s always a bit of a pot luck when food is involved at RDU Rent Party. Don’t miss this event – if you haven’t heard these guys play, they are fantastic, this is a local experience that can’t be replicated!

8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – dance in The Lindy Lab back studio at Triangle Dance Studio and spillover into Studio 4.

Admission is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10.00.

Triangle Dance Studio
2603 S. Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC

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