Thursday Swing! Featuring Becky Kilgore and the Cowhands, Pink Lady & John Bennet Jazz Band

Pink Lady & John Bennett Jazz Band

Pink Lady, who is the perfect combination of a sweet flapper and sultry siren, performs & sings the songs of the Prohibition Era in this combo which includes rag time piano jockey John Bennett, vintage arch top guitarist Steve Boden, Wayne Travillion on trombone, Will Amend on Double Bass and Joe Haegele on Drums. Together they have been playing that corruptive hot jazz for over 100 years!

Becky Kilgore and the Cowhands

Becky Kilgore and the Cowhands features James Mason on fiddle, with Doc Stein on steel guitar, and Pete Lampe on bass

Rebecca Kilgore

“Rebecca is simply one of the best interpreters of The Great American Songbook. She has a gorgeous voice and has a deep connection with every song she touches. In a world of pretenders, she's absolutely the real thing. I love what she does!” Michael Feinstein

Rebecca is one of America's leading song stylists who delights in interpreting the music of the Great American Songbook. Her clear voice, floating lyricism, and heartfelt joy in songs familiar and obscure has made her a favorite worldwide at jazz parties, festivals, concerts, and cruises.

She has appeared frequently on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, has sung on “A Prairie Home Companion,” and has appeared at Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein. For the past three years, she has been invited to perform at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention in Lincoln Center and Town Hall. Rebecca has recorded more than thirty CDs, including collaborations with legendary pianist / composer Dave Frishberg, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Harry Allen, John Sheridan, and her own quartet.

Whether singing tender ballads or jump tunes, Western Swing, Rodgers, Gershwin, Ellington, or Arlen, Rebecca’s approach is always light-hearted, honest, subtly swinging.
James Mason

“James is one of the most natural and musical of Jazz fiddle players”
Matt Glaser - Director of Berklee College of Music

At age 11 James entered his first fiddle contest and at age 13 began learning Texas Style fiddling from the legendary Benny Thomasson while keeping within earshot of Swing and Jazz... always inspired by Bob Wills, Stephane Grappelli, and Joe Venuti.
Throughout his career James has played and recorded Bluegrass, Country, Swing and Jazz and over the years has taught at a number of camps and workshops including the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance in New York.

James currently resides in the Portland area and is active in two Gypsy jazz bands, Swing Papillon and Everything’s Jake. Both of which feature the music of Django Reinhardt.
For thirty years James has been repairing, restoring, and making violin bows at the David Kerr Violin Shop in Portland, OR.

James CD’s:
Sweet Baboo James accompanying Scott Foster
Cactus Setup James withe Rebecca Kilgore
Spotlight James with John Stewart on 7-string
Doc Stein, Hawaiian Steel Guitar

Jon ‘Doc’ Stein grew up on the east coast playing country and western swing, ragtime and blues on guitar, banjo and dobro. In 1985 he moved to the Portland area where he played in various bands including Retta and the Smart Fellas, Cactus Set-Up with Rebecca Kilgore and Fritz Richmond’s Barbeque Orchestra. He has also toured with various bands while sailing the southern Caribbean . However his most unusual gig was in the Voice of Asia Festival in Kazakhstan, representing the USA in a swing trio. He has played with Jim Kweskin, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian, David Grisman and Dan Hicks in San Francisco. He occasionally performs small surgical procedures in his spare time.
Pete Lampe, Upright Bass

Pete Lampe has been a bassist on the Portland scene since 1986. He has been a teacher of Band and Orchestra, as well as a musician performing classical music with the Columbia Symphony, and jazz with Portland luminaries Ron Steen, Mel Brown, Rebecca Kilgore, Tom Grant and others. Pete was also a member of the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band for five years, has performed with the Pete Krebs Trio, and is currently playing with the amazing gypsy jazz group Swing Papillon. He is the owner of Pete's Bass Shop, specializing in the repair, restoration and sales of double basses, which affords him the opportunity to combine his love of music, "old basses" and fine woodworking.

Melissa Roane

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.

$8 admission • all ages until 8pm • under age 16 free


Two live bands, two dance lessons, 5 hours of swing music and dance every Thursday Night!!  Join us 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!

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