If you’re not a traditional kind of couple, consider a theme wedding. How about considering a swing wedding? Whether you’re a newbie to swing or a retro enthusiast, stepping back to the 1940s big band era can make your day to remember even more memorable.
Swing dancing, swing jazz, or just swing, traces its origins to the 1920s and 30s. As a new kind of jazz was born in Harlem New York, a new kind of dancing evolved to match its beat. This new dance was fast, and hot, and incorporated vigorous, almost acrobatic moves. In the 1930s, the Lindy Hop rose to popularity, so named from Charles Lindberg’s historic “hop” across the Atlantic Ocean. Swing’s popularity spread and soon people throughout the country were getting into the groove (or jive, if you prefer).
The Big Band Era made the dance more popular than ever and it continued through the 1940s and World War II. While the dance has undergone a lot of changes over the decades, it’s still alive and well today. Whatever style of swing you embrace, it’s sure to get everyone on the floor. For some guests, it may be a walk down memory lane and for the younger crowd, it could be an introduction to this classic.
The best way to choose a band is to get out and hear them play. Ask around for recommendations and go listen to them play. If you can’t afford a whole band, get a DJ who’s into the retro sound and have him put together a playlist that’s outta sight.
At Bialek’s Music, we can help you find the best band or DJ for your swing wedding. We’ve been in the music business for over 40 years specializing in all types of music for every occasion. Go to www.bialeksmusic.com/and fill out our online form or call us anytime at (301) 340-6206 in the Washington DC area, or at (410) 484-7978 in the Baltimore area to set up an appointment.