Entertainment & Team

BANDLEADER Casey MacGill

 

Casey MacGill performs music that swings. Nat “King” Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. At the core of his sound are his band’s sometimes sweet, sometimes rough-hewn three-part harmony vocals and a piano-ukulele-bass-and-drums rhythm section that swings in a variety of textures.

 

Casey MacGill is the heart and soul of the band. From California, he is a classic Hollywood character in appearance and style. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical jazz cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for over 40 years, in a career that stretches from Los Angeles (Mood Indigo, feature films “Frances” and “Swing Shift”) to Spokane, WA (The Spirits of Rhythm and the neo-swing classic CD “Jump”) to Broadway (The musical “Swing”) and finally to Seattle (most recently with the Blue 4 Trio). “I’ve played a lot of music with a lot of people,” he says “and one thing I’ve learned is to tailor my arrangements to the individual players. It gives each musical situation a unique sound.” He steers the band from his piano bench, alternately cruising along and sweating feverishly, switching intuitively between the ukulele and the piano and the cornet, singing and scatting, sometimes all within the same song.

 

With his former Seattle band, The Blue 4 Trio, Casey released 3 CDs, the most recent of which isBarrelhouse.  From the familiar standards (“Out of Nowhere”) to boogie-woogie (“Cow Cow Boogie”) to vocal pyrotechnics (“Changes”) to classic ballads (“Small Fry”) to all out good time stomp (“Barrelhouse”, a MacGill original) this CD is already considered by many his best yet. The band also toured extensively in Europe, performing for enthusiastic swing dancers in festivals and dance camps.


 

unnamedEVENT DJAY Travis Whetman

Travis fell in love with swing music early in his dancing life and has been collecting it ever since.  A regular Seattle DJ since 2003, Travis focuses on swing music from the 1930s and 1940s and is comfortable playing songs for many styles of dance including the Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Blues.  Away from Seattle Travis has been a featured DJ at events like Lindy Focus, All Balboa Weekend, Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout, and Camp Hollywood.
 
 
 
 


 
 

EVENT EMCEE Jen Nelson

Bio and photo coming soon…
 
 
 


 

14302791_10208703265193635_1740232086_nBAR MISTRESS Erin Millard

Erin Millard is not beautiful, but men seldom realize it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. The green eyes in her carefully sweet face are turbulent, willful, lusty with life, distinctly at variance with her decorous demeanor.

Likewise, so shall the delicious spirits she presents you with will be. We invite you to visit the darling little bar throughout the evening for mixers, bewitchery, and complements on deserving dresses and hair.
 


 
 
 
 
 

meEVENT DIRECTOR & DREAMER Robin Nunnally

 
 
Robin Nunnally has over two decades of experience in the world of swing and vintage vernacular jazz dances. Over her many years of dancing, she has dabbled in (and intensely studied) a number of styles and dances from the Ragtime era of the 1910s, to the more classic sock hop style of the 1950s, and everything in between.

 

Robin has been a team member and choreographer on a number of well-known swing dance teams, including the Rain City Rugcutters, Jackson Street Lindy Hoppers, and the Sister Kate chorus girl team.

 

Between 2013 and 2014, Robin lived and taught swing dance full time in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she lovingly built up an incredible and welcoming swing dance scene. While in Canada, she was most proud of the progress her students made in their dancing, and of her chorus girl team she established and directed, The Sugar Sweets. While in Canada, Robin also was an event manager for The Calgary Swing-a-thon, a 24-hour swing dance marathon which raised over $16,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

 

She is known for her passionate teaching, love and support of her students, and her drive to always create and better herself as a dancer and as a scene leader. She is also the co-director (along with Casey Koroshec) of the Sister Kate Dance Company, a 20+ all female vintage solo jazz dance troupe.

 

When not busy with “all the things dancing and jazz”, you can find her thrift store hunting for antiques, hitting up a local happy hour with friends, throwing parties alongside her loving boyfriend, and in general, just loving life and the beautiful city of Seattle she gets to call home.