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Thursday Swing! Featuring Pink Lady & John Bennett Jazz Band & Honky Tonk Union
November 19, 2015
6 – 11 p.m. | $8 | All Ages
More info: secretsociety.net
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212
Two live bands, two dance lessons, 5 hours of swing music and dance every Thursday Night!! Join us for $5 food and drink specials for happy hour from 6-8pm when all ages are welcome in the ballroom, and stay for the second band and lesson as the night heats up at The Secret Society! No partner necessary, and you are welcome to join us and watch if you’re not ready to step out quite yet!
- 6pm Dance Lesson with Melissa Roane!
- 6:30pm Live Music and Dancing!
- 8:00pm Dance Lesson with guest instructor!
- 8:30pm Live Music and Dancing!
Melissa, though too modest to admit it, is one of Portland’s most important figures in Vintage Style Swing Dances. She has been teaching at the Viscount Dance Studio since 2003 and has taught, deejayed, and performed at various events around town. Her approachability, knowledge, fun classes, and dance style have garnered her a solid following and place among the Portland’s great swing instructors.
Pink Lady & John Bennett Jazz Band
As Pink Lady sings the songs of the prohibition era, this combo is lead by rag time piano jockey John Bennett and also includes vintage arch top guitarist Steve Boden, Joe Haegele on Drums, Wayne Travillion on trombone and Will Amend on Double Bass.
Honky Tonk Union
In 2009 friends Garrett Burt, Jesse Cunningham, and Kristin Wells set out to start a band that reflected their fandom of classic country music. Throughout the next year the band went through a few personel changes, but by the end of 2010 members “Little Paully” Hoercherl and Lucky Noreen joined the band and the line up was set.
Holding true to the initial vision, Honky Tonk Union draws influence from the 60’s Bakersfield sound of Merle Haggard & Buck Owens, the Classic Nashville Recordings of Loretta Lynn & George Jones, and the 50’s Rockabilly of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley & Wanda Jackson.
In 2012 the band released their debut album Paintin’ the Town Again. The album features 11 original songs and 6 covers of classic Honky Tonk, Country, and Rockabilly hits.
Honky Tonk Union continues to fill dance halls and honky tonks of the NW such as The Ponderosa Lounge and The Landmark Saloon. The band has also played numerous outdoor festivals such as The Rose City Round Up, Rust o Rama, The Division/Clinton St Fair, The Hwy 99 Rockabilly Burlesque Showdown and many more.