The Classic City All-Star Band
The Classic City All-Star Band is a one-of-a-kind ensemble of musicians and bandleaders that live and breathe the world of vintage dance music. The leadership is collective, and will include sets led by Keenan McKenzie (The Riffers), Laura Windley and Lucian Cobb (The Mint Julep Jazz Band), and Michael Gamble (The Rhythm Serenaders). This year will also feature special guest guitarist Jonathan Stout! Together they will create a weekend of music that borrows from those auspicious projects, but is also more than the sum of its parts as they explore a musical chemistry that has never before been heard. Don’t miss this incredibly unique opportunity to hear some of your favorite musicians come together in swinging celebration!
Your CCS8 DJs
Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Qui Nguyen has always been in search of good music. From digging through dusty record store crates, to deep dives down the YouTube/Wikipedia rabbit hole, her motto has always been “if it moves you, it’s good music”. You can always catch her listening to and dancing close by the bandstand at any number of swing, balboa or blues events. You might have even danced to her DJ sets at various events such as I *Heart* Bal, Bull City Swingout, GVLX, Jammin’ on the James, KLX and Rhythm Is Our Business. Not a stranger to the organizing side of swing events, Qui is also one of the master minds behind Richmond Lindy Exchange, and is super excited to be joining the Classic City Swing DJ team this year!
Aliceann has been playing music since she was 6 and partner dancing since she was since she was 9. Swing and blues music speak to her both on and off the dance floor. Believing the music is what drives these dances, she continues to dive into the history of vintage jazz and blues and collect new music that inspires dancers to move. Aliceann dances and DJs both in her home scene of Knoxville and at events across the Southeast and Midwest. Also in Knoxville, she coaches and choreographs for 2 dance teams, coordinates the blues scene, teaches and DJs for the Knoxville Swing Dance Association, and hosts other dance events around town.
Kemper favors music that has authentic, historic roots in the Swing Era. He loves to play swing music early days to modern recreations, but heavily favors the small combos and big bands of the 30s and 40s. Outside of DJing, he enjoys leading the Jumpshop Sextet, as well as teaching local and regional dancers more about this thing we call swing.
Geoff hails from Athens, GA, where he began his dance journey in the early part of 2011. As he grew on the dance floor, Geoff began to fall in love with the music he danced to, and now he travels all over the Southeast sharing that love with everyone who steps onto a dance floor. He is a regular part of the rotation in his new local scene of Greenville, SC, and loves finding music to put a smile on the faces of dancers anywhere he goes. Geoff believes strongly in the idea that the music is an active part of any dance “conversation”, and tries to find songs that make excellent partners for dancers of all skill levels. He approaches every DJ set with one sole mission: to keep the whole floor swingin’ all night long!”
Elizabeth Pariseau Lane
Elizabeth originally learned Lindy Hop in Auburn, AL, but her love of dance led her to Balboa, Blues, and Fusion events around the Southeast. Now living in the Bay Area, she continues to explore her love of dance and music. Her DJing selections can be described as atmospheric yet groovy, experimental, and rhythmic.