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The Waller Creek Vipers from Austin, TX
Victor Celania, a veteran swing dancer and event organizer from Austin, TX, started the Waller Creek Vipers because of his love of the music and a desire to cater to the lindy hop world. His band, consisting of himself (drums), as well as veterans Jamey Cummins (guitar), Josef Pelletier (bass), David Jellema (cornet/clarinet), and the inimitable vocals of Sarah Ulloa will keep you on the dance floor all night. Bring a few changes of clothes, 'cause you're going to need them!
Head on over here for more info and to listen to their music!
The Resonant Rogues from Asheville, NC
The Resonant Rogues, hailing from Asheville, NC, have ears for the past and eyes toward the future. Partners Sparrow and Keith J. Smith write songs that transcend genres, blending Gypsy jazz and Balkan music with American folk traditions like old-time and blues. Their infectious melodies and eloquent lyrics bring a nouveau pop sensibility to their old fashioned style. 2015 was a big year for the young group, with the release of their new all-original album and tours that span the US and Europe. They will be hitting the road again in 2016 in their shiny new blue tour van!
Miranda Whiting from Boston, MA
Miranda (aka DJ Legs Magoo) became addicted to dancing when she was in high school and started DJing soon after. She quickly fell in love with the pure joy that dancing and music brings. Her favorite part about spinning tunes is inspiring people to get on the dance floor. Along with DJing at all of the South Carolina swing scenes she has DJed for several lindy hop and blues events in the state, including the Charleston Lindy Exchange, the Greenville Lindy Exchange, the Holy City Blues Exchange, and Swing Into Spring. Now she's sharing her love for jazz with the dancers of Boston.
Hurley Francois from Orlando, FL
Hurley enjoys listening to "hot jazz" music, and those old syncopated rhythms. He has been gradually building his collection of swing music ever since, and is totally amazed and humbled by the never-ending wealth of great music just waiting to be heard. But aside from that, he likes to play whatever he thinks will keep people dancing - whether it's chunky, up-tempo, or even contemporary swing. Some of his favorite artists include the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Chick Webb, Django Reinhardt, Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Coleman, Count Basie, Fats Waller (of course), Bob Crosby, and Wingy Manone just to name a few. His love for both the music and dance will make him an exciting DJ that dancers will appreciate.
Suzanne Ducker from Washington, DC
Suzanne started out with ballroom dancing in South Carolina in 2004, and continued with it through college by teaching and competing (and winning!). After some nudging from a friend she went swing dancing for the first time in 2014, and was completely addicted from the very first swing out. Soon after that she began traveling the country for lindy events. She started DJing in November of 2014 as “DJ Suzy-Q”, and has enjoyed DJing both lindy and blues at scenes around South Carolina. Most recently, she began DJing at the Jam Cellar and Back Room Blues in DC. She can’t wait to come home to be a part of CHEX 9!
Alex Medlin from Raleigh, NC
As a student at the College of Charleston, Alex was introduced to the hard drugs of Lindy Hop and Blues on the streets of Charleston, SC. Alex is a Raleigh, NC local now. She loves to dance, listen to music, and create sets with a variety of authentic Blues styles that will get the room dancing. You may have caught one of her sets at GVLX, Summertime, Tobacco Road Blues, EBC, Holy City Blues, Statesboro Swings Out, Winter Blues, ORLX, Bring on the Blues, Knoxville Lindy Exchange, Richmond Lindy Exchange, CHEX, or Mo’ Better Blues. She is excited to be DJing and dancing with everyone at CHEX 9 this year.