Sweet, sassy and satisfying dance music is on tap Friday, April 18 at the Port Townsend Elks with a visit from Tacoma's Maia Santell & House Blend. The dance, sponsored by Olympic Peninsula Dance, welcomes both singles and couples.
On vocals, Santell's powerful voice -- compared to Bonnie Raitt -- is bold, playful and full of confidence. She's known as "an entertainer's entertainer," delivering songs with a style that's dynamic and full of musical joy.
Backing up Santell, House Blend's guitar, saxophone, bass and drums represent a who's who of Northwest jazz and blues royalty. These seasoned musicians appeal to all age audiences, and dancers are especially enthused by their mix of styles. For more than two decades Santell and House Blend have been favorites around the Pacific Northwest at nightclubs, casinos, festivals, dances, cruises, and special events.
The group performs a mix of jazz, blues, swing, Latin, rhythm and blues, big band hits and contemporary favorites, with a repertoire featuring the best in popular dance music from the 1940's through the 1990's. Maia Santell and House Blend's playlist reflects songs made famous by such artists as Duke Ellington, Etta James, B.B. King, Billie Holiday, Brooks and Dunn, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Billie Holiday, Eric Clapton, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patsy Cline, Wilson Pickett, Fats Domino and Peggy Lee, to name a few. For more information, sound bites and videos, see: www.MaiaSantell.com.
There will be a free (with admission) Foxtrot workshop with Carol Hathaway at 7:00 pm. Experienced dancers are encouraged to come help beginners. No partner or registration is necessary.
This is a smoke-free dance open to all ages.
Admission: Adults $15; disabled or student with school ID $10; age 12 and under $7.
For more information, call (360) 385-5327.
Roberto Villamarin will be coming back to the Penninsula to teach a series of workshops starting April 12th. Those of you who have worked with Roberto in the past know that he is a very knowledgeable dancer and an effective teacher who is particularly good at tuning lessons to the needs and abilities of the class.
Cheri Van Hoover has passed along the schedule for the this first series of workshops, which will take place at Madrona Mind Body at Fort Worden in Port Townsend. More may follow later in the year, if previous years are any guide.
From James Lindquist on Behalf of the Upstage:
The Upstage presents Joe Louis Walker Band
Rockin' Blues Sat. Apr. 19 8:00pm
$30 ($25 'Dancer Discount')
In 2013, The Blues Foundation inducted Joe Louis Walker into the Blues Hall of Fame as one the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers — a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. Walker’s music is equal parts rock ‘n’ roll and passionate blues.
Tuesday Ballroom Dance Classes
A cadre of dance teachers will continue ballroom lessons this season. They are: Carol Hathaway, Michael Clemens, Darlene Clemens and Steve Johnson. Derek and Pam (teachers emeritus) will be “sometimes available” – at their convenience” – to teach both the teachers and the students. If possible, we will also include guest teachers.
Playing early 60s through 80s+ music, from Martha Reeves to Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Beatles, Stones, Cream, Van Morrison, Springsteen, Pretenders, Talking Heads, and a number of others.
From Jeannette Wilson:
We're hoping you're all ready for some fun because Whozyamama will be here!
They'll have a wonderful blend of Cajun, Creole & Zydeco providing great listening & dancing music.
1219 Corona - Quimper Grange
Jack will give a dance lesson at 7:00 followed by live music & dance until 10:30.
Family friendly with a $12 cover for adults.
Snacks are appreciated.
Hope to see you all there!
May 24th, featured band The New Iberians
September 27th, featured band Swamp Soul
From Cheri Van Hoover:
For the Summer - Intro to Partner Dancing
Every Thursday (Beginning May 1st)
Lesson: 7-8 PM
Practice: 8-9 PM
Place: Quimper Grange,
1219 Corona St., Port Townsend
May - East Coast Swing
June - Country Two-Step
July - Waltz
August - Salsa
Beginner level classes. "No dancer left behind."
From Janice Eklund on behalf of Northwest:
OPPORTUNITY TO DANCE TO A LIVE BIG BAND - FRIDAY, MAY 2nd IN PORT TOWNSEND
The Northwest Big Band Workshop will be gathering in Port Townsend April 27th – May 3rd.
Two complete Big Bands will culminate the week with a concert of Big Band Music of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s at the American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend, Friday, May 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Dancing is encouraged!
Suggested donation is $5 a person, with proceeds benefiting the Jefferson County Winter Homeless Shelter.
From Carol Hathaway:
Here it comes!
What? THE HAIR BALL! Dinner and Dance. Dressy Dressy as you like!
When? Saturday May 3 6:30 Dinner 7:30-10:30 Dance
Where? Elks Lodge, Port Angeles
Music? Maia Santell and House Blend --all styles-- so excited to have them!
Why? Because we like dressy dinner dances---especially with a theme!
Theme? Yes! HAIR! Big Hair, Bold Hair, Spectacular Hair, No Hair--bald is beautiful, right? Or Animal Prints! Leopard, Zebra, Faux Fur, hairy chests---gasp! eew!