Friday, September 1st - Welcome to Camp Hollywood! Tonight check in begins at 8 PM, then join us in the ballroom for the return of one of the bands that started it all - Mora's Modern Rhythmists, starting at 9 PM. Dust off your letter sweaters, plaid skirts and saddle shoes for our tribute to the 1930s collegiate scene and meet your instructors, fellow campers, and potential dance partners! Enjoy our exciting NJC Team division! Band plays 9 PM - midnight, after hours DJ dancing until? - $25 night ticket
Saturday,September 2nd - Tonight it's an homage to one of the greatest Lindy Hop shorts of all time, the Groovie Movie, featuring one of our very special instructors, Lindy Hop Legend Jean Veloz! Join us for a special musical tribute to the Palomar Ballroom, featuring the music of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw laid down by the fabulous Jonathan Stout and his Rhythm Busters! Thrill to the fast feet of the NJC Open Balboa and Shag finals. Band plays 9 PM - midnight, after hours live music with The Grand Slam Sextet from 1-3 AM - $35 night ticket.
Sunday, September 3rd - Arrrrg! Avast ye, mateys, it's our Treasure Island themed Sunday night, with a tribute to Harlem's famous Savoy Ballroom with music from Count Basie and Duke Ellington featuring The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, with special guest Russ Wilson! Wear your best Pirate wear to dance the night away and enjoy the NJC Amateur and Open Lindy finals. Band plays 9 PM - midnight, after hours live music from 1-3 AM with Falty and the Defects - $35 night ticket.
Monday, September 4th - It's closing night of Camp Hollywood - get comfy in your jammies for our Pajama Game night featuring Michael Gamble's Rhythm Serenaders! Get in those final dances, visit your vendors for some last chance dance shoes and souvenirs, and cheer on the one time return of The Camp Hollywood Jitterbug Contest. Band plays 9 PM - midnight, after hours dancing until? - $25 night ticket
**In town early? In town already? Be sure to join us Thursday, August 31st for our pre-party at the world famous Lindy Groove!**
About this year's bands:
Dean Mora is a multi-faceted pianist, theatre & classical organist, harpsichordist, bandleader, silent movie accompanist, record producer, and musical director whose professional career of 25+ years has encompassed a wide range of musical styles and genres, from classical music to vintage American dance music. In 1994 Dean joined the 1920s/1930s-era dance band led by former child actor Johnny Crawford. This experience emboldened him to start his own similarly-styled band, Mora’s Modern Rhythmists. In 1997 the Rhythmists were hired as the Monday-night house band at the Derby, a nightclub situated in one of the original Brown Derby Restaurants, in Hollywood, and which was considered by many to be the “ground-zero” of the Swing Revival movement of the 1990s. Soon, Mora’s Modern Rhythmists began to garner a reputation as one of the best swing bands in Los Angeles, and their Monday night performances gained a cult following among dancers and band enthusiasts alike. They remained at the club for almost three years. Since this time, the band has performed in most of the major historical venues in the Southern California area, including the Palladium, The Orpheum Theatre, The Los Angeles Theatre, The Avalon Casino Ballroom, The Biltmore and Roosevelt Hotels, The Queen Mary, and The Hollywood Athletic Club.
Jonathan Stout and his Rhythm Busters, featuring Hilary Alexander is the newest band from the Campus Five family, and it focuses on the rollicking sound of big bands of the early 1930's, just prior to the Swing-era. The Rhythm Busters is an 11-piece band that takes the authentic Hot Jazz sound of bands like Jimmie Lunceford, Fetcher Henderson and Chick Webb, and presents them in the most danceable way possible, without sacrificing any of the fire or excitement the Campus Five and Orchestra are known for.
The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance big band. Like an upsized version of the Campus Five, the Orchestra showcases the big band sound of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, and is the most danceable big band anywhere. The 15-piece Orchestra captures the unmatched excitement and true rhythmic pulse of the Swing-era. The band follows the templates of Benny Goodman and Count Basie – orchestras that are aggressive and tight, and filled with all-star soloists that bring the fire on every song, regardless of tempo.
Michael Gamble and The Rhythm Serenaders The Rhythm Serenaders are an aggressively faithful presentation of tightly-arranged, riff-dominated swinging small-group created for a swing dancing public. Careful transcriptions and subtle adaptations of Goodman/Christian Sextet dominate the repertoire, with thoughtful forays into the combo work of Ellington, Basie, as well as some of the later 40’s material put down by Eldridge, especially his time with Artie Shaw. With Laura Windley featured on vocals, the band also explores the wonderful songbook left behind by Billie Holiday during her years with Brunswick, where she and Teddy Wilson pulled together some of the hardest swinging players to bring to life some of the greatest pop tunes ever written. Bandleader Michael Gamble’s 15+ years in the international swing scene inform every aspect of the band’s repertoire and taste.
Russ Wilson - Singer, Drummer, Conductor, Entrepreneur.
For 35 years Russ has worked as a professional musician and has made a name for himself playing many different styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, pit work for Broadway style shows and Symphonic music.
Of all these Jazz remains his first true love. Since 1989 Russ has played drums and vocalized on hundreds of recordings. To date he has released 9 albums of his own. In late 2003 he started his second musical organization called THE NOUVEAU-PASSE ORCHESTRA playing the music that he grew up listening to, vintage jazz and dance band music of the 20's and 30's. The orchestra ranges in size from 10 to 16 pieces. He has also formed a Dixieland/Swing band called THE RUSS WILSON SWINGTETTE. To add to this roster there is also a standard big band (Russ Wilson And His Famous Orchestra) and a 40 piece concert orchestra. In February of 2016 he premiered his Euphonic Ragtime Orchestra. Russ still finds time to do freelance work for other greats such as Wendy Jones, Hank Bones, Bruce Lang
and the world renown FIRECRACKER JAZZ BAND.
Falty and the Defects - Mike Faltesek has been obsessed with swinging jazz and blues music for the last 20 years. His love of this music brought him initially to the dance floor, which lead to a dance performance and instruction career that he continues to this day. The music was so infectious, that after many years of trying to emulate the music through his dance, he could no longer resist the temptation to make that music. His sense of timing lead him naturally to rhythm guitar, the driving pulse. His knowledge of chords has influenced his solo style in which he likes to incorporate not only single note lines, but also chordal soloing and chordal melodies, essentially accompanying himself like a piano. He can do it all, on both the 6 string guitar and the tenor banjo. In addition to accompanying and soloing on both guitar and banjo, Falty is also a vocalist, whose singing has been described as natural and easy going as the way he speaks. He is the frontman and bandleader for Falty & the Defects with whom he is lead vocalist and guitarist. He is formerly the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band the Careless Lovers, and is featured on the band's debut album "Doin' the Jive", and in their award winning music video, "Black Coffee". He also currently enjoys occasionally playing with a variety of bands like Jonathan Stout's Campus Five, Solomon Douglas' Swingtet, Mike Daugherty's Oompa Loompas, as well as bands lead by Gordon Webster, Casey Macgill, John Reynolds, Dan Barrett, Clint Baker, Jim Cullum, Bria Skonberg, and Emily Asher to name a few.
His influences include the early guitar masters like Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, Teddy Bunn, and Django Reinhardt. The sophisticated chordal work of players like Carl Kress, Dick McDunough, George Van Eps, and Allan Reuss, the incredible fat beat laid down by Freddie Green, and the awe inspiring single note lines by Charlie Christian.
Grand Slam Sextet was created in response response to promoters desire for an additional "flavor" of the Campus Five. Thus, we created a new band featuring the unique and magical combination of Clarinet, and Vibraphone. Inspired by the sound and spirit of the Benny Goodman Sextet, along with Benny's Trios and Quartets. Thus the Grand Slam Sextet features the iconic front line of Clarinet, Vibraphone and Electric Guitar, backed by the rock solid Campus Five rhythm section.
Just like our other bands, the Grand Slam Sextet features arrangements made specifically for Balboa and Lindy Hop, because we wouldn't have it any other way. The band was such a hit at it's debut at The California Balboa Classic, that it was immediately added to the line up at Inspiration Weekend, and has been in high demand ever since, including Camp Hollywood, Rusty's Rhythm Club, and Dance at Joe's.
Echoes of Benny, Lionel Hampton and Charlie Christian will fill your ears, and rhythm with move your feet.
Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance band. Showcasing the small-group sound of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the Campus Five is the most danceable swing band anywhere. The 7-piece Campus Five captures the true sound of the Swing-era, with all the energy and excitement that inspired millions to dance. Influences include the Benny Goodman Sextet, Artie Shaw's Grammercy Five, Count Basie's Kansas City Six, and the Harlem-based small groups of Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Coleman Hawkins, and Hot Lips Page.
Both founders are dedicated swing dancers, and the relationship between Swing music and Swing dance informs all aspects of the Campus Five. Song selection, tempo, song length and feel are all chosen with danceability in mind. The Campus Five’s three albums, “Jammin’ the Blues”, “Crazy Rhythm”, and “Moppin’ and Boppin’”, are favorites of Swing DJs and Swing Dance Instructors all over the globe. The Campus Five have been featured at many of the premier Swing dance events around the world, and are known for their unparalleled competition music, which inspires dancers to new heights.
The Campus Five will be playing the Finals music on Monday, September 4th and also for Jonathan's live musiciality class.
*You can purchase each of these tickets starting at 8:30 the night of the dance at the door; these tickets not available in advance.*
Your Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Maxwell DeMille