Band Schedule

The Woodchopper’s Ball features a different band each week, providing you with a variety of musical styles: big band swing, boogie woogie, Gypsy swing,  jump blues, New Orleans trad jazz, retro-swing, rockabilly, and western swing–all of your favorite local swing bands, plus bands you may not have seen before.  We believe that providing a wide range of music keeps things interesting, helps support the live music scene, and broadens your dancing, making you a more versatile dancer!

To keep the party going, bands play two 1-hour long sets: 9:15-10:15pm and 10:30-11:30pm, and the short 15-minute break features DJ’ed music.

So join us for a full night of music and dancing, and enjoy the largest variety of live swing dance music in town!

January 22, 2019

The SpellBreakers are a 6-piece neo-swing band with a focus on producing original music.  An all-star cast of Bay Area natives that have been in the scene for years, the SpellBreakers are fronted by vocalist Sevon Caneri, and regularly feature Mike Parykaza on trumpet, Rachel Levinson on baritone saxophone, Dan Barnes on electric guitar, Jacob Freedman on bass guitar, and Michael Dallara on drums.  Swing out like it’s 1999!  Facebook Event

January 29, 2019

Johnny Bones and The Palace of Jazz
Johnny Bones, the regular sax player for the California Honeydrops, has put together his own all-star group to keep you dancing all night!  Strongly influenced by the early hot jazz bands, Johnny Bones and The Palace of Jazz combines the intimacy of smaller groups with the energy of powerful musicianship.  Whether playing standards or original material, this band will get the joint jumpin’!  Facebook Event

February 5, 2019

Oaktown Strutters
The Oaktown Strutters are one of the Bay Area’s hottest new swing bands, with an upbeat style of syncopation and classic swing jazz repertoire aimed especially at swing dancers.  Led by Richard Chon on violin and his warm baritone vocals, these veteran musicians know exactly how to get a dance floor moving!  Facebook Event

February 12, 2019

Hot Baked Goods
The Hot Baked Goods are a band of young jazz musicians playing hot tunes of the 1920s and ’30s.  Most of the band members started as swing dancers, and became so infatuated with the music that they decided to make some themselves!  They have quickly become one of San Francisco’s most popular swing dance bands!  Facebook Event