Perseverance Jazz Band (photo by Jerry Almonte) brings New Orleans to Philadelphia with its enthusiastic and soulful interpretations of Ragtime, Dixieland, Traditional Jazz, and Second Line tunes. Perseverance’s prohibition-era dance music is quickly becoming a local favorite on the dance scene, playing all up and down the East Coast for swing dance events of all different sizes. Perseverance Jazz Band is a group that can laissez les bon temps roulez in true New Orleans fashion, take your breath away with powerful yet sultry vocal tunes, or swing your socks off with engaging improvisation and instrumental flare, and they always deliver the goods with style and grace. They’re excited to show us what they’ve got at Hot Mess!
Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five (photo by Abi Reimold) is a hot jazz and blues band specializing in music from the first half of the 20th century. This band hails from Philadelphia, playing everywhere from nationally renowned venues to dive bars to right on the city streets. The band is led by Miss Chelsea Reed and alongside her as always is the Fair Weather Five featuring Chris Oatts on saxophone, Noah Hocker on trumpet, Jake Kelberman on guitar, Joseph Plowman on bass and Austin Wagner behind the drums. Their music embodies the energy and history of early swing, drawing upon artists such as Fats Waller, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. Playing both obscure gems and timeless classics, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five strives to bring the passion, playfulness and raw grit of early jazz to every audience, no matter the city.
Josh Fialkoff and the Philadelphia Stride Josh Fialkoff has been lending his smoky voice and soulful instrumentals to dance floors since 2006, both as a solo artist, and with various ensembles. His music features a refreshing take on traditional blues and swing music as well as modern songs, and his arrangements blend these influences in a way that is neither stale nor abstract. A dancer himself, Josh knows how to create songs that make people want to move.
Josh’s music has been featured at dance events along other such headlining artists as Ernestine Anderson, Gordon Webster, and Barbara Morrison. Dancers at events like Montreal Dance Fest, bluesSHOUT, DCLX at Glen Echo, BABBLE, Red Hot Blues & BBQ, Boston Independence Exchange, Beantown Camp, the Virginia Beach Exchange, Blues Blaze, Montreal Bagel and Blues, and more have swooned and swayed to his unique musical mixture of the modern and the traditional. Once you hear Josh play, you’ll revel in his refreshingly genuine sound too. Check out Josh's website for a preview of his music: www.JoshFialkoff.com