The Woodchopper’s Ball features a different band each week, providing dancers and listeners with a variety of musical styles, including big band swing, boogie woogie, Gypsy swing, jump blues, New Orleans trad jazz, retro-swing, rockabilly, and western swing. We feature all of your favorite local swing bands, plus introduce you to 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!
Dress up to celebrate the holidays, and dance to the swingin’ music of the Alpha Rhythm Kings!
Alpha Rhythm Kings
Rob Dehlinger, composer, performer, and recording artist, leads this swingin’ group of top musicians with his blazing trumpet and entertaining vocal stylings. Specializing in swing, vintage lounge, boogie woogie, and jump blues, the Alpha Rhythm Kings bring an energetic, jazzy vibe which is 100% fun and infectious! Facebook Event
Clint Baker’s Golden Gate Swing Band
Clint Baker, jazz musician extraordinaire and walking encyclopedia of jazz music and history, returns to the Woodchopper’s Ball, this time with his incredibly fun Golden Gate Swing Band. Whereas his New Orleans Jazz Band focuses on New Orleans Trad jazz, Clint Baker’s Golden Gate Swing Band swings in the spirit of hard-driving Kansas City swing. Tight and powerful, they will make you want to dance every song! Great music for Lindy Hop, Balboa, and all things swing! Facebook Event
Lone Star Retrobates
The Lone Star Retrobates are a boot-scootin’ wingtips-flyin’ dance band specializing in authentic West Coast Swing and influenced by West Coast Cowjazz, Rockabilly, Swing, Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues, Barnyard Boogie Woogie, Roadhouse Swing, Western Swing, and Gypsy Jazz. Featuring trumpet, sax, twin fiddles, both standard and pedal steel guitars, drums and standup bass, rich 4- and 5-part vocal harmonies, and even trick yodeling on demand, the Retrobates sashay from hot swing to honkytonk. In a word, FUN! Facebook Event
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 features Mike Parykaza on trumpet, Rachel Levinson on baritone saxophone, Dan Barnes on electric guitar, Jacob Freedman on bass guitar, and Michael Dallara on drums. Facebook Event