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Richard Halpern was there on the first night I went to Maxwell's. He is probably the best thing they had that night, especially in conjunction with Mora's Modern in it's 20's configuration. He can do a dead on perfect imitation of Al Jolson, among other talents. He also favors pre-swing era music which is what I personally favor over what unfortunately seems to be more popular these days.

The idea for his own independant venue originally came about when it was first announced the Argyle Hotel was going to remodel and the club I've been going to was going to have to shut down as a result. They went ahead with the new show despite the change in the Argye remodeling date. For a couple of months we will have both, it seems. As far as I know the Argyle will still remodel in June.

I've been trying to figure out what happened in 1998. Something made Swing return with a vengance and it then dominated everything in the retro scene. martes thinks it was some movie that cmae out that year but I can't remember what it might have been. Swing is starting to fade back out but it still dominates most venues. I won't miss it.

It certainly had wide ranging effects with this particular fandom. The really good 20's band has released four albums, dated 1996 and every two years afterwards (They are due for one at the moment I guess). The 1996 album is fantastic 20's stuff. Then comes 1998 and it all went swing, and everythign from that point forward is sort of ho-hum.

They are professional musicians, and have to play what the audience will pay to hear. But as far as I'm concerned, it may as well be disco.

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archimedes29 March 31st, 2004
Jitterbugging and dancing helped bring swing in, at places like the Derby. Alot of fun.

swing=disco?? Methinks you need to readjust your meds, pal! ;)



OK, it's not disco.

titanic April 1st, 2004
I often find myself saying "music today is crap, but 20 years ago it was really good". I have come to the realization that if this was the year I was born I would be saying the same thing!

Of course that's the year Rock & Roll started and it got good again for awhile....

archimedes29 March 31st, 2004
Pig and Whistle is a beautiful place for a speakeasy! American Cinematique should get some old movies going at the Egyptian, for a while night of it, some cool Cliff Edwards movies, or something like that. Whoopeee!

titanic April 1st, 2004
I wish these places were closer or had picked other evenings as it's difficut to fit them into the work schedule I have now, but I really need a break. Counting the commute my work week is 80 hours.

I'd be at work today but April Fools day at LAX is something to avoid. It was my regularly scheduled workday last year and I'm really glad it isn't this time around.

ruggels April 1st, 2004
Well I like swing and some later 20's music but the earlier stuff seems a bit too ancient and I am reminded too strongly of Schirm. It's interesting about the club though.

Scott

Such is my curse.

titanic April 1st, 2004
This is why I go to these things alone and probably always will. The "It's Schirm Music" curse.

Unfortunately for me martes was soured on it before we ever met, and it was nothing I could have prevented.

And I just checked, and the swing band is there on the 10th and the 24th, but not E3 weekend. Oh well.

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ruggels April 1st, 2004
Is there anything going on at all during e-3 andI could listen to 20's music.

I think the reason that Swing tool hold was because of a few performing bands, and most of the memebers of the swing craze in the SF Bay Area were successful former Punk Rockers, and it was a way to dress up, mostly and up here they went nuts with the vintage clothing. We worked closely with the swing clubs because they had a lack of ment, and many of the re-enactors took it up.

Scott

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titanic April 1st, 2004
bad timing unfortunately. Don't think you'd care for what they ahve that weekend.

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