Mint Julep Jazz Band
With their little big band lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist, the Mint Julep Jazz Band recreates the hot jazz sounds of the 1920′s, 1930′s, and early 1940′s through arrangements based on original recordings from the jazz age and swing era. The Mint Julep Jazz Band is based out of Durham, NC and is led by trombonist Lucian Cobb and vocalist/swing DJ Laura Windley, who have put their collective knowledge and love of swing music together to create an ideal dance band for swing dancers.
Th’ Bullfrog Willard McGhee with special guests John Dee Holeman and Tad Walters
Bullfrog McGhee is a genius. A multi-instrumentally talented, rambling-shaggy-dog-story-telling, torch-song-sentimental-beer-hall-bawdy-songwriting genius. Bullfrog is a Piedmont guitarist in the “Virginia” tradition: Bullfrog’s style is rolling-hills-rural, often gentle and melodic. With a powerful affinity for narratives and storytelling, Bullfrog relates his experiences as a United cab driver in New Orleans, a West Virginia coal miner, a purveyor of suspect periodicals in Chicago, a Burlesque performer, a house carpenter, grocer and hardware salesman all with a fine wit and clever songs beautifully and fluently expressed in a number of traditional idioms.
Joining th’ Bullfrog are blues and buck dance living legend John Dee Holeman and Piedmont blues golden boy Tad Walters. We are excited to have this trifecta of award-winning, critically acclaimed, and infinitely experienced and studied Piedmont blues musicians performing for us at Frankie 100 NC!
Edited 5/21/14: We’ve added formidable blues man Lightnin’ Wells to the lineup – see you Sunday!
Kristy Milliken – In 2003, Kristy was introduced to Lindy and Balboa and quickly resigned from being a jazz band geek in order to feed her dancing addiction. She began DJing in 2005 for her local swing dance club in Nashville with a laptop on life support and a tiny collection of swing music. Since then, “Lynda Carter and her Laptop of Truth” have moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and passionately developed a lovely collection of music. She has DJed at many events, including Lindy Focus, All Balboa Weekend, the Eastern Balboa Championships, Twin Cities Balboa Festival, and the Nashville Balboa Experience. She especially enjoys minor key tunes, collecting vinyl, playing music with undeniable musicality that inspires creativity, and music that just makes you feel good.
Bill Speidel – Since discovering lindy hop nine years ago, DJ Bill Speidel has DJ’ed in over 2 dozen cities, run Virginia’s Southside Stomp and a couple lindy exchanges, and blogged about what makes music swing, dancers stylish and swing DJ’s great. These days lindy hop’s southern gentleman helps keep the dance floors packed in nearby Richmond but his vintage suitcase is always packed for swinging parties anywhere in the southeast. Bill conceived the idea of a Frankie 100 celebration for the southeast going on at the same time as the New York celebration, for those of us who didn’t want to sit around that weekend and be sad about missing Frankie 100 in New York – his idea turned into Frankie 100 NC and here we are.
Brad Nathanson – Brad had been swing dancing for over a decade before he began DJing for swing and blues dances around Charlotte, NC. Since then he has been named the resident DJ for GottaSwing Charlotte, and played at many events around town including at the Mint Museum, UNC Charlotte, Queens University, and the Taste of Charlotte festival. He has DJed for dances in Greenville and Columbia, SC, Winston Salem, and Durham, NC, and Charlottesville, VA. He has also organized many events including Charlotte Cheap Thrills, Cool Cat Corner IV, and the Stumptown Stomp dances in Matthews, NC. “I love finding new lindy hop music,” Brad said recently in an interview with himself. “There’s no greater thrill than watching dancers scurry across the floor because they just haaaaave to find someone to dance with to the song I just started playing. Hey, watch where you’re putting that microphone!”