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Portland Swing Project

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July 2017

Summer Swing Dance with the Soggy Po’ Boys

July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Congress Square Park, Portland, ME 04101 United States + Google Map

Summer Swing Dance with the Soggy Po' Boys and Portland Swing Project! Born on a snowy Fat Tuesday night of 2012, the Soggy Po' Boys have been honing their craft of New Orleans' music as part of their Tuesday residency in their home town of Dover, New Hampshire. In between local gigs they've fit in more than a hundred shows every year, from festivals and concerts to politics-infused burlesque collaborations and street parades, spanning Maine to Georgia.  The band is equally at home everywhere…

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August 2017

Summer Swing Dance with the Hadacol Bouncers

August 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Congress Square Park, Portland, ME 04101 United States + Google Map

Summer Swing Dance with the Hadacol Bouncers and Portland Swing Project! The Hadacol Bouncers formed in the summer of 2013 for a Portland, Maine swing dance festival and never looked back. The group is a joint effort by co-band leaders Tom Whitehead (piano) and Peter Dunphy (banjo). Tom has a multi-style background in blues, New Orleans R&B and Bebop piano, and Peter has been playing New Orleans and Chicago style jazz since he was fourteen. When forming the group, Tom…

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September 2017

Summer Swing Dance with Tom Whitehead’s Rites of Swing

September 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Congress Square Park, Portland, ME 04101 United States + Google Map

This group is lead by vocalist, guitarist and pianist, Tom Whitehead. The ensemble also features Michael Arciero on guitar, Kris Day on upright bass and Don Whitney on drums, with special guest Ellen Carlson on violin. The sound evokes the smooth, acoustic feeling of Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz style, but with a distinctly American flavor of vocal standards from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Whitehead sings in a very mature, improvisatory style that is greatly complimented by Arciero’s dynamic and…

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October 2017

Summer Swing Dance with Clyde Bisbee and the Wheelhouse Revelers

October 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Congress Square Park, Portland, ME 04101 United States + Google Map

Join us for our last swing dance of the 2017 season. New to Congress Square Park! Clyde Bisbee and The Wheelhouse Revelers are a 6-piece, swing jazz & western swing dance band specializing in music from the golden era of jazz, the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. While many modern groups playing this style of music are decidedly “New Orleans,” in flavor, Clyde and the Wheelhouse Revelers approach the genre from the more northerly and western reaches. Their sound, while eschewing any singular label, has…

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Swing Dance with Clyde Bisbee and The Wheelhouse Revelers

October 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Congress Square Park, Portland, ME 04101 United States + Google Map

Join us for the final swing dance of the 2017 season with Clyde Bisbee and The Wheelhouse Revelers!  A 6-piece, swing jazz & western swing dance band specializing in music from the golden era of jazz, the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. While many modern groups playing this style of music are decidedly “New Orleans,” in flavor, Clyde and the Wheelhouse Revelers approach the genre from the more northerly and western reaches. Their sound, while eschewing any singular label, has more of a west coast…

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