Miss Freddye’s Blues Band – Friday Main Dance
Miss Freddye’s Blues Band has that traditional Chicago style blues that gets a hold of a crowd and leaves them wanting more! Founded by their sassy and belting vocalist, Miss Freddye, the band was formed in the fall of 2002. Over the years, they have played in western and central Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. Miss Freddye’s Band has also recently won a blues competition in West Virginia, and last year, Miss Freddye and Greg “G-man” Casile won the duo blues competition for western PA. Both of these victories advanced them to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They have opened for Kelly Richie, Eden Brent, Gina Scillia, Janiva Magness and Bettye LaVette. They perform in regional blues festivals and dances, as well as playing benefit concerts for cancer awareness and homeless veterans.
Cash Box Kings – Saturday Main Dance
Hailing from the ‘Windy City,’ Blind Pig recording artists the Cash Box Kings are keeping REAL DEAL, old-school Chicago blues alive and thriving. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940’s and 50’s post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20’s and 30’s. But these illustrious torch bearers also add a bravado, energy and freshness to the mix that results in a distinctive musical experience and a high-energy stage show. With a focus on the raw, stripped-down, ensemble playing that was the hallmark of the post-war sound, the band showcases the music of Chess Records and Sun Records while adding a healthy dose of original music that captures the essence of the Memphis and Chicago blues sounds of the 40’s and 50’s.
The CBKs are one of the few bands on the national scene still playing real, TRADITIONAL CHICAGO BLUES, the way it’s supposed to be played. The band regularly headlines Chicago venues like Buddy Guy’s, Rosa’s and Smoke Daddy as well as major festivals all over the world like the Chicago Blues Festival, the Cambridge Folk Festival (UK) and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Mitch Littler – Saturday Late Night Dance
A former oil field roustabout whose office was deep in the woods of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Mitch Littler, has turned back to his musical roots. Roots that run deep in folk and blues. Mitch has participated in the world’s fourth largest blues festival at Juke Joint in Mississippi, and he regularly performs locally at all festivals and concerts that highlight his style of music. A singer/songwriter who might just be one of the best harmonica players in the Tri-State. His original music will have you clappin’ and tappin’ while his back woods tales will leave you laughing and wanting more.
These DJs will rock your stripey socks.
Paul Loschak (known as “DJ Loveschak” at weekly Boston dances) has been dancing and DJing the blues for years. Paul regularly DJs at Boston blues dance venues, has guest DJ’d at local dances and events all over the continent, and has been a featured DJ at regional and national events in Boston, Montreal, Philly, Albany, Pittsburgh, and more. His collection of tunes is both broad and deep, spanning many genres and many blues dances. His library is jam packed with musically inspiring tunes for sparking dancers’ creativity and encouraging leads and follows to collaborate in each dance.
Joey Science started swing dancing in 2005, and still can’t wrap their head around where the time has gone. Since 2005, Joey has fallen madly in love with both lindy hop and blues dancing, and recently launched headfirst into learning Saint Louis Shag. Joey is actively training in both lead and follow roles, and finds that each role is important and exciting in its own way. Joey is an outspoken feminist, and ridiculously loud about it.
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 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!
Blues has a rich history and feel with a story to tell. Whether it’s slow jazz, chunky jukin’, or brisk struttin’, each song as a character all its own. Speaking of characters who like to talk about music over a glass of bourbon, Ross Blythe brings the tunes to keep the floor moving, no matter the tempo, and is excited to showcase a variety of blues genres to the dancers of Steel City Blues. He can be found DJing for , Bluetopia, Chicago Balboa Underground, Chicago Monthly Balboa Social, Fizz at DCC, and other Blues, Lindy Hop, and Balboa events.
As is often the case in small scenes, Laney started DJing out of necessity – somebody had to play some music! Since then, she has come to greatly enjoy the process of acquiring, vetting, and playing music for blues dancers. She loves playing a wide variety of styles, from sweet jazz-blues to gritty juke joint tunes to soul-influenced ballads, and she has a soft spot for any song that brings the party. She has DJed extensively in her home scene of Minneapolis, as well as at Steel City Blues, Sweet Molasses Blues, Red Hot BBQ & Blues, CUBE, Nocturne Blues & Sweet Molasses Blues.