Thursday Swing! Featuring Reggie Houston's B' Swingsters, Pete Krebs and the Rocking K Ranch Boys
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 6:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
Pete Krebs and the Rocking K Ranch Hands
Originally from Southern California, Pete Krebs has been a fixture on the Portland music scene since 1987. His musical pursuits have spanned several decades and genres, including punk rock, Western swing, old-time, jazz and folk. His bands have included Thrillhammer, Hazel, Golden Delicious, Pete Krebs and The Gossamer Wings, The Stolen Sweets and Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys.
He's shared the stage with a broad range of world-class musicians including Nirvana, Elliott Smith, Peter Rowan and The Hot Club of Cowtown. He's performed at venues and festivals large and small, legendary and infamous, including CBGBs, Preservation Hall, Pickathon and Lollapalooza. He's received mostly good press from the likes of Rolling Stone, Spin, Magnet and No Depression. His commercial work has been featured nationally for NASCAR and the NFL as well as for the Oregon Lottery.
An in-demand performer, collaborator, composer and teacher, he is currently working on a number of projects and releases for late 2016 and 2017, including the release of a live Hazel performance from 1993, a “best of” record, and an album of new original work. A film about his life is also in the works. He is a double inductee in the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and a double cancer survivor. He lives in NE Portland with his partner in crime Kelley and their two dogs, Merle and Dixie. He's pretty stoked about the whole thing.
Reggie Houston's B' Swingsters
Reggie Houston's B' Swingsters feat. Michael Elson on keys and Keith Brush on bass!
More than a master vocalist and saxophone player, Reggie Houston is an entertainer of the highest order. He has the charm and charisma of a modern day Louis Armstrong mingled with the pure and irresistible joy of a child.
Reggie was inspired to study saxophone at age 10, after seeing Ray Charles play alto sax at Lincoln Beach Amusement Park, where Fats Domino also performed during Reggie's childhood. Years later, Reggie would share the stage with both musical giants, and spend 22 years as a member of Fats Domino's band, before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2004.
Reggie’s devotion to his craft, and to sharing his deep knowledge of Louisiana’s history, musicians, and musical genres, stems from a time-honored New Orleans tradition of arts education. Nurtured by his teachers—musical giants like Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Johnny Fernandez, Danny Barker, and Alvin Batiste—the latter of whom learned at the knee of legendary musician Sidney Bechet, referred to by Duke Ellington as “the very epitome of jazz,” Reggie has now picked up the mantle to pass that knowledge on to future generations of musicians.
When funk first developed, exploding onto the scene, Reggie was there—and not as an observer, but as a 13 year-old musician playing his first professional gigs with legendary keyboardist David Batiste Sr. and his band The Gladiators, widely accepted as one of the preeminent and pioneering bands of funk.
Reggie knows the music. It is in his blood. He can trace the many, varied styles and influences of southeast Louisiana music all the way back to pre-colonial Africa.
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.
The Portland Lindy Society
Portland Lindy Society is a non-profit organization that promotes swing dancing and jazz music in Portland, OR. We host a dance each Thursday at The Secret Society ballroom.
6pm-11pm, Lesson from 6-6:30, 8:30-9.
Bands from 6:30-8:15 and 9-11
PLS also organizes and hosts the Portland Lindy Exchange. Please visit the Facebook page
$10 advance ● $10 cash at the door
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!
6:00 Dance Lesson with Melissa Roane
6:30 Live Music and Dancing
8:00 DJed Music and Dancing
8:30 Dance Lesson with Guest Instructors
9:00 Live Music and Dancing