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, hot jazz, jump blues, retro-swing, 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 not only keeps things interesting, but 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, enjoy the largest variety of live swing music in town, and keep swingin’ out at the Woodchopper’s Ball!
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
The Spell Breakers
The Spell Breakers 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 Spell Breakers 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
The Fil Lorenz Orchestra
Saxophonist and arranger Fil Lorenz has been swinging Bay Area audiences since 1998. His star-studded Little Big Band lineup bridges the gap between the classic big bands of the 1930s and the smaller, lighter groovin’ bands of the 1950s. Tonight, Fil brings an 8-piece band, and you won’t believe how big this little big band sounds! Facebook Event
The Rob Reich Swingtet Swings Left
The Rob Reich Sextet Swings Left, led by accordianist, pianist, and composer Rob Reich, plays jazz music for dancing, rooted in the classic swing era of the late 1930s. Featuring classic arrangements of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw, “Swings Left” branches off from there and also features Rob Reich’s original music in the same classic style, combining hot rhythms with a cool sensibility. Facebook Event