Gordon Webster Approximately Quartet

Or maybe sextet. We're bad at math!!

Fried Bananas

Louis Armstrong said it best, "The main thing is to live for that audience, cause what you're there for is to please the people." This is the core belief of this highly acclaimed band, and dancers from events like bluesSHOUT!, Montreal Dance Fest, bluesSHOUT!, Nocturne Blues, Mobtown Ballroom, Mile High Blues, and more are singing (and dancing) their praise:
"First off, they rock. Secondly, the name is no joke: they really lay the heat down and make your nether regions want to jump around."
-Davis Thurber, Montreal Dance Fest founder, teacher and performer
"You wouldn't believe the amazing feedback we're getting. I don't think I've ever had such a great response to a band."
-Heidi Fite, bluesSHOUT! founder
The Fried Bananas was first assembled in 2006 under the guidance of co-leaders Shawn Hershey and Josh Fialkoff, who are both dancers themselves. Together they carefully crafted the Bananas' sound, drawing inspiration from jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and Dr. Michael White. Since then, this versatile band has evolved to incorporate blues and jazz influences from New Orleans to the Delta, from Chicago to New York City, from the 1900s to today. So whether you're looking for to swing out or boogie back, for Ballroomin' or Jookin', The Fried Bananas have your back, and your dancing shoes.

Bryan Brundige Trio

The Bryan Brundige Trio plays jazz from the early 1900s-1950s. From swing, blues and hints of gypsy jazz, they will always bring a smile to your face.

"These talented musicians come together in many bands: Sunny Side of the Street Band, the Dylan Perillo Orchestra, Bryan Brundige and the Piggly Wigglies. Whatever configuration they're in, they bring the thunder. The group that you will hear are a group of friends who genuinely love playing with each other and genuinely love playing jazz music. You can hear it when they play. Believe me when I say that this band is a hidden gem in the world of swing bands. It's Albany's dirty little secret. And now the secret's out. GET HYPED." -- The inimitable Zach Brass


Joy Arico (Rochester, NY)

Joy has been in love with the Blues as long as she has been partner dancing. Over the last 16 years she has grown a very diverse collection of blues music and looks forward to sharing it with the dancers in Albany, NY.

Sarah Elise (Boston, MA)

Sarah Elise started DJing almost as soon as she started dancing, falling fast and hard for the Blues. You can consistently find her behind the DJ booth at Boston’s weekly dances, and she has brought her playful, groovy style all around the country at regional and national blues events, including Mean Old Blues in San Francisco, Mile High Blues, Steel City Blues, Greenville Winter Blues, Nocturne Blues, Albany Lindy and Blues, and Boston’s own Sweet Molasses Blues. Sarah Elise knows how to bring the party, and she can’t wait to see you shakin’ that thing out on the floor!

Emiliano Estevez (Philadelphia, PA)

Emiliano DJs at many events locally and nationally providing a groovy flavor of Blues, Lindy, and Fusion styles of music. He believes that a diverse set will challenge the dancers and make sure that they are listening with their minds and bodies. He also runs DJ Experiment which is an organization created to give DJs, musicians, and dancers a safe place to experiment and grow.
Dance is a conversation...

Brooke Filsinger (Toronto, Canada)

Brooke has spent the last decade crisscrossing Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia, dancing, djing, and teaching as she goes. She has been called an organic follower, accidentally creative, and a vagabond street dancer. She isn't entirely sure what these all mean, but she's proud to hold these titles nonetheless. Brooke is known for classes that are unconventional, entertaining, and full of technique and new ideas. As a DJ, Brooke strives to remain true to the roots of her sordid past - late-nite house parties! You can always count on full-bodied 'scrumpditiliumptious' music - the kind that you can really sink your feet into!

Jody Glanzer (Ottawa, Canada)

A veteran guest at exchanges and national events, Jody has been a renowned blues specialist since before the wave of blues dancing popularity hit. Enamored with the blues for as long as she can remember, she is drawn to the rawness, passion, soul, intensity of emotion. The sheer humanity of it, makes her feel alive! While spinning, Jody likes to play and share with the dancers and aspires to highlight Canadian content as much as possible. Whether she's playing some kicking' R&B, swinging' it old school style, funking out, "shouting' hallelujah!" to an inspiring Gospel set, or getting downright carnal, sweaty & intense blues session, she tries to create a flow and help shape the mood or tone. Lindyhop, Blues, WCS, Balboa, or whatever she'll spin for it and you know, its going be fun!