South Road Swing – November 7, 2019

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Making their RDU Rent Party debut, South Road Swing is a brand new swing band focusing on playing music for swing dancers, made up entirely of jazz students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bandleader and trumpeter Renée McGee has put together this group, based on her own experiences as a dancer and as a musician playing for dancers, performing with bands such as the Jonathan Stout Orchestra and at events such as DCLX and Lindy Focus.

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 suggested donation of $15.00.

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

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Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five – July 11, 2019

93-ogChelsea Reed returns to the RDU Rent Party stage on July 11, this time with her Fair Weather Five and she’ll kick off an exciting weekend of dancing in Durham, as the Bull City Swingout starts the following day!

Chelsea is a killer swing and blues vocalist who always brings a dynamic and swinging band of Philadelphia-based musicians to be a part of her Fair Weather crew.   Be prepared to laugh, dance, have awesome feels, and bring your comfy shoes because this band will keep the floor full!

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 $15.00.

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

Greg Ruby Quartet – January 24, 2019

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We are excited to welcome Seattle guitarist and bandleader Greg Ruby to the Rent Party stage, who will be leading a quartet for our dancing feet!  Who is Greg Ruby, you ask?

Described as “Seattle’s premier hot guitarist,” by Earshot Jazz Magazine, his most recent record, Syncopated Classic was awarded the “Golden Ear Award” in the Northwest Recording of the Year category.

Greg plays at swing dances, concert halls and festivals including the French Quarter Festival, Lindy Focus, DjangoFest and the NW Balboa Festival. Greg’s most recent ensemble, the Greg Ruby 6 performs the compositions and arrangements of swing guitar legend Oscar Alemán.

Joining Greg will be special guest Dennis Lichtman from New York, whose reputation as a hot jazz clarinet and fiddle player precede him as he travels the world while continuing to lead New York’s preeminent hot jazz jam at Mona’s every Tuesday night as part of Mona’s Hot Four.

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 $15.00.

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

Tiki Night with Huzzah! February 1, 2018

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Huzzah! We’re having Huzzah (with some members of now defunct local favorites Skeedaddle) perform at their very first Rent Party – we guarantee and night of swinging strings, silly vocals, and tiki-themed shenanigans.  Come dressed in your favorite beach attire – it will be cold outside, but tropical indoors!

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

Keenan McKenzie Album Sneak Peak – Forged In Rhythm – November 30, 2017

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Come get an exclusive sneak peek/listen to Keenan McKenzie’s new album of original swing music!  Keenan is a Triangle jazz musician and swing dancer who has performed with bands like the Mint Julep Jazz Band, Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders, the Jonathan Stout Orchestra, and leads a swing band under his own name.   Keenan is releasing “Forged in Rhythm,” his debut album of original tunes, in December and will be performing them live with a band of ace musicians for your dancing pleasure at the Rent Party/Lindy Lab dance on November 30 – come hear these songs before anyone else does!

The lineup for this show is Keenan McKenzie (reeds), Lucian Cobb (trombone), Paul Rogers (trumpet), Chip Newton (guitar), Jim Crew (piano), Aaron Gross (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums), and Laura Windley (vocals).

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 suggested donation of $10.00.

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

Boilermaker Jazz Band – October 12, 2017

12799214_10156713516410454_1133443903118238001_nThe incredible and legendary Boilermaker Jazz Band from Pittsburgh, PA is coming back on October 12 for another epic night of swingouts and melted faces.  We’ll be opening up studio 4 next door for overflow dance space!

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

Joshua Fialkoff – August 31, 2017

IMG_6101Joshua Fialkoff from Philadelphia is back on tour and making a stop at RDU Rent Party!  Come shake it on the dance floor with some New Orleans-style swing and blues music.

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Swing and the Blues – a music talk with Joshua Fialkoff leading the music and guest instructors Dan Repsch and Julie Brown leading the dancing!
What makes us want to dance the Lindy Hop vs Blues when we hear certain songs? With the collective dance and musical knowledge of Julie, Josh, and Dan we’ll explore the elements of jazz music and dancing, and why a song might make us choose one style of dance or the other.

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8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – dance in The Lindy Lab back studio to Joshua Fialkoff and his band, plus out-of-town special guest DJ Dan Repsch!

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

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