The Hot Rhythm Club presents…


South Lake Union Swing IV

Saturday, April 22, 2017

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

* 8pm: Drop-in Absolute Beginner Dance Lesson
* 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Live Music & Dancing

Band: Jacob Zimmerman and his Pals!

Seattle-based saxophonist and clarinetist Jacob Zimmerman is an extremely versatile and integral part of the local creative-music community. Jacob studied music at the internationally renowned Garfield High School, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and Mills College in Oakland. Jacob was recognized as the “2013 Emerging Artist of Year” by Earshot Jazz.

As a bandleader the Jacob Zimmerman Quintet can be seen performing classic bebop music from the 40s and 50s on the 1st Thursday of every month at Egan’s Ballard Jam House. Zimmerman can also frequently be seen playing traditional jazz for swing dancers in a variety of bands all over the world. His playing channels the spontaneous melodic spirit of his heroes: Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young and Lee Konitz above all.
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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  SOLD OUT
  • 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.