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! If you were at IHB 2022, you know how 🔥 the live music was! For 2023, we are pleased to offer:
Two nights of melt-your-face-right-off ✨amazing✨ live music from
Keenan McKenzie & The Riffers
Featuring special guests:
Laura Windley on vocals (Fri & Sat) & Brandon Mitchell on vibes 🙀😻 (Saturday)
Check out live music from last year's event!
2023 DJs coming soon
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Allison Meeks (she/her)
Allison Meeks (she/her)
Allison began DJing swing music when she was a baby lindy hopper in college at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since then, she has become a regular swing DJ in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C. area and is the DJ coordinator for the Lindy Lab, a weekly dance in Durham. Her venues have ranged from local dance halls and breweries to nationwide events like All Balboa Weekend.
Allison is passionate about sharing swing music that inspires new and experienced dancers alike. She’s a fan of catchy melodies, small group arrangements and a good clarinet solo (not necessarily in that order).
Qui Nguyen aka DJ Qui-J (she/her)
Michael Quisao (he/him)
After growing up as a wallflower at school dances, Michael went to his first swing dance in 2006 and has been captivated by social dancing 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.
Michael believes that the music is the heart of the dance and that attentive partnership and comfortable technique are the keys that unlock the door to exhilarating and creative dances.
Jodi Daynard (she/her)
Brennan DeVoe (he/him)
Erica Vess (she/her)
Erica is running this crazy show, but she might still play some tunes for you to fill in the gaps!
Are you a DJ? Or maybe just DJ-curious?
We'll be holding an informal DJ Summit hosted by our staff DJs at 1pm on Saturday, right before the afternoon dance.
Chat about music selection, library curation, music apps, finding music, & more in a casual Ask Me Anything format. Open to any attendee who is interested in collecting swing music, whether you DJ or not!
Are you an aspiring Balboa DJ? Great!
We plan to offer opportunities for newer DJs to play a short set with a mentor DJ at the afternoon and late night dances. This is an unpaid intern position, where your supervising staff DJ can give you advice & feedback on your set, and you get some real-world experience DJing at a regional event.
Email our head DJ, Allison Meeks, to get on the schedule: firstname.lastname@example.org