Wowza! Check out everyone who’s coming to share great music with us in New Haven!
For the details of when and where, check out our Schedule.
The Fried Bananas
Louis Armstrong said it best, “The main thing is to live for that audience, ’cause what you’re there for is to please the people.” This is the core belief of this highly acclaimed band, and dancers from events like Montreal Dance Fest, Glen Echo Ballroom, Mobtown Ballroom, and more are singing (and dancing) their praise:
“First off, they rock. Secondly, the name is no joke: they really lay the heat down and make your nether regions want to jump around.”
-Davis Thurber, Montreal Dance Fest founder, teacher and performer
“I absolutely love dancing to this band! Not only is the music awesome & impossible to stand still to, the musicians are amongst some of the coolest people I know!”
– Dorothy Boice, dance instructor, performer and evangelist
The Fried Bananas was first assembled in 2006 under the guidance of co-leaders Shawn Hershey and Josh Fialkoff, who are both dancers themselves. Together they carefully crafted the Bananas’ sound, drawing inspiration from jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and Dr. Michael White. Since then, this versatile band has evolved to incorporate other swing influences from New Orleans to New York City, from the 20’s to the 40’s. So whether you’re looking to swing out or boogie back, The Fried Bananas has your back, and your dancing shoes.
Check out more info on the band at their website!
French 75 was formed somewhat haphazardly in January 2016, as it started with a tuba player anxious to play more than oom-pahs, an overly enthusiastic clarinetist and a trumpet player ready to sprinkle his jazz wisdom on two primarily classical musicians. From there, a laid back (aren’t they all??) drummer was added, who was willing to put up with the chaos and finally a banjo player who truly became the glue to bring F75 together. Rehearsals include disagreements, good beer and working on our version of 1920s hot jazz!
The members include:
Alexander Kollias – clarinet
Seth Bailey – trumpet
John Birt – banjo
Mark Macksoud – drums
Allison Lazur – tuba
Check out some of their music:
Josh Fialkoff (of Saturday’s Fried Bananas fame) will play a solo set for us on Sunday night at practicum!
Khader: Hi, my name is Ahmed K Fadiga; Friends call me Khader. Originally from the Ivory Coast, precisely Abidjan, I have been living in the US since 2004. I am into sport, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and many more. But, music keeps me going. I have to have it (music of course). Dancing takes me away, it makes me feel like an eagle gliding through the clouds. I remember watching my dad dance salsa every Sunday morning, that was beautiful. I guess this is one reason I enjoy watching/seeing others dance to my music selection. Love love!!
Emily: Emily found lindy hop fresh out of high school, and she hasn’t stopped dancing since. When she isn’t drowning in a sea of required reading, she likes to build swing playlists, acquire more lipsticks, write bad poetry, and read good books for fun. Ask her to dance!
Local+Regional Collaborative DJ Duo:
KNelly: In 2015 they met and had amazing dances at random and unplanned moments. They started nerding out about music on car rides to dance events in early 2017. From there it escalated to sharing themed playlists and cohosting house parties. And now, for the first time, the dynamic DJ duo that is Kelly Lynn Epstein and Nell McGloin-King appear as the synergized KNelly, to seduce your ears with unearthly and delicious tunes.
Laura: Laura Boddorff began DJing for dancers years ago in the candlelit muggy house parties of Oregon. A perpetually overwhelming love of dance inspired collection after collection of music in every style and attitude and mood. She loves classic rhythms, unique and evocative sounds, and rolling dynamics that take dancers on a journey through each of their experiences of the evening.