The Hot Rhythm Club presents…


South Lake Union Swing V

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The historic 1922 Virginia V steamship!
Historic Ships Wharf – 860 Terry Ave N – Seattle, WA

* 7:45pm – Doors Open!
* 8pm: Drop-in Absolute Beginner Dance Lesson
* 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Live Music & Dancing


Live Music with The Jonathan Doyle Swingtet!

Jonathan Doyle is a clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger. 2017 has Jonathan headed out to the Pacific Northwest in May, with many events still scheduled in Austin and Chicago.

Jonathan briefly went to Depaul’s School of Music in Chicago and Studied under Mark Colby. He left school to pursue a full time career in music during the neo-swing movement of the mid-90s, playing with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four Charms. He also played with Chicago’s emerging improvisers such as Josh Berman, Jason Adasiewicz, and Design Flaw and developed an interest in country blues and jug band music with the Wabash Jug Band. In 2004, Mr. Doyle moved to Austin to pursue his love of acoustic and roots music afresh. After a brief stint with the Asylum Street Spankers, he went on to freelance in Central Texas’ vibrant traditional jazz, swing, and western swing scene, getting to play with well established acts such as Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel and Jim Cullum Jazz Band as well being a part of many fine local bands such as Jonathan Doyle Quintet / Swingtet, Thrift Set Orchestra, Albanie & her Fellas, Stan Smith, Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies, East Side Dandies, White Ghost Shivers, Hot Jazz Caravan, and the Giant Three. His time in New Orleans got him playing with the wonderful band, Tuba Skinny, who he’s had the great pleasure of traveling with extensively. 2016 to early 2017 has Jonathan spending a whole lot of time in Chicago playing with the amazing Fat Babies as well as guitar maestro, Joel Paterson. 2016 was also the start of playing more regularly with Naomi & Her Handsome Devils and Hal Smith’s Swing Central!

Jonathan is committed to crafting original music as well studying the American musical traditions. He strives to organize and be a part of bands whose music is rooted, yet distinct. And to play for listeners and dancers anywhere they’ll have him!

Vintage style attire (1930s-1940s) encouraged! Nautical attire is EVEN BETTER!

There are 4 online ticket options:

  • Beginner Dance Lesson + Live Music & Dancing = $20 
  • General Admission Live Music & Dancing ONLY (no lesson) = $15
  • Regular Admission Live Music & Dancing ONLY = $20 
  • Late Comer Admission Live Music & Dancing ONLY – $25 

About the Virginia V:


In 1921 Anderson & Company of Maplewood, Washington, began construction on the Virginia V. The ship was built of local old-growth fir. She was launched March 9, 1922, and towed to downtown Seattle for the installation of her engine and steam plant. In Seattle the engine was removed from the Virginia IV and installed in the Virginia V. On June 11, 1922, the Virginia V made her maiden voyage from Elliott Bay in Seattle to Tacoma down the West Pass. She continued to make this voyage nearly every day until 1938.

In 2002, the Foundation was able to put the Virginia V back in service after a six-year, $6.5 million stem-to-stern restoration project. It included a rebuild of the steam engine, construction of a new boiler and rebuild of the superstructure using traditional tongue and groove fir planking. The Foundation was honored in 2001 with the Washington State Historical Society’s “David Douglas Award” for the restoration work completed to-date.

Since 2002 the Virginia V has been providing public excursions, private charters, and visits to local maritime festivals throughout Puget Sound.


Q: Is this a cruise?
A: No – the boat will stay docked at MOHAI, featuring a BEAUTIFUL view of the city skyline, space needle, and the lake. Unfortunately, the cost of taking the boat out is probably too expensive for individual ticket prices for attendees.

Q: What is the dance floor like?
A: The boat has original hardwood floors. Quite lovely!

Q: Is this a dress-up event?
A: Since this is (hopefully) a soon-to-be seasonal dance, we ask folks to use it as an opportunity to pull out their best vintage or vintage-inspired look! There will also be some fancy cameras on board, so remember to look great for those new Facebook profile pictures!
*** If you like, you can even tag your instagram pictures with the hashtag: #SouthLakeUnionSwing 

Q: Will there be alcohol?
A: Yes! There will be a beer & wine bar on the boat during the event. Cash or card accepted. Please remember to drink responsibly. 21+ only on board.

Q: I have a friend who wants to come, but doesn’t know how to dance. Will they have fun?
A: Definitely! If they like, they may purchase the “lesson + live music & dancing” ticket, and show up at 8pm for the absolute beginner dance lesson!

Q: What is parking like?
A: Parking on the street is free after 8pm! You can usually find some decent parking in the area, just a few blocks away.