This event is by Balboa dancers, for Balboa dancers, and we know that the music, whether live or DJ'd, is key to a great event. We will be serving up only the finest Bal-tastic tunes for your shuffling pleasure!
The 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 and original tunes inspired by that time period. The Mint Julep Jazz Band is based out of Durham, North Carolina 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.
We are thrilled to welcome them back for 2019, this time for 2 nights of live music to celebrate our 5th year!
----2019 DJs coming soon---- 2018 DJs
Michael Quisao hails from Dallas, TX and is currently based in Washington, DC. After growing up as a wallflower at school dances, Michael took his first Lindy Hop lesson in 2006 and has been captivated by jazz ever since. His love of swing music and social dancing has taken him across the country to dance, compete, and DJ swing music; he strives to share the joys of swing dance and swinging rhythm with everybody he meets.
Qui Nguyen (aka DJ Q-J)
Long before setting foot on her first dance floor, Qui has always been in search of good music. From scouting out local shows, to digging through dusty record store crates, her motto has always been "if it moves you, it's good music". So it was quite natural for her to fall in love with swing music and dancing. A lover of the music first, and the movement a close second, you can always catch her listening to and dancing close by the bandstand at any number of swing, balboa or blues events. You might even find her behind the DJ booth, spinning tunes at local dances and at various events throughout the region. She is super excited to be representing Richmond at I *Heart* Balboa again this year, and can't wait to dance with everyone! (...yes, literally everyone! Please ask me to lead and follow! <3 )
Born into a family of musicians, Brennan has played a number of instruments professionally since he was 14. His love of music and the encouragement of his sister drew him to dancing in the late 2000’s. He owned and ran York Social Dance Studio before leaving to concentrate on instructing full time. He now teaches, judges, competes and DJs on an international level.
TLDR: Brennan likes and cares about music. He plans to create a fun time for all.
With a penchant for dinosaur jokes almost as strong as her dance shoe addiction, Erica combines the grace & elegance of Balboa with several sticks of butter and a large helping of vanilla extract. She will never try to pass off oatmeal raisin cookies as chocolate chip, and she will always keep you dancing. Erica has been a featured DJ at Jammin' on the James, The Lindustrial Revolution and Beantown Camp as well as a covert ops DJ in the Balboa room at Lindy Focus. No one was spared; not even the children.
Erica is running this crazy show, but she might still play some tunes for you!