When I walked into the Reef on Wednesday night to see the local band Big Swing, my twinkle toes ached and my romantic heart skipped a beat. This is a dancing band! In fact, after a few songs and a few tropical drinks, many audience members hit the dance floor to swing, shake, and dip.
The sound of Big Swing is snappy, groovy and classy. This music varies from Dixieland to Big Band Swing to Western swing. It was all good. Nobody in the bar could sit still even if they weren't out on the dance floor. Toes were tapping, shoulders were twitching and everyone had a smile on their face.
Katie Glassman's superb fiddle playing and sexy vocals highlighted the evening. Matthew Hartz played guitar and sang. His strong and cool voice was a pleasure. The piano player, Justin Nielsen, jammed ragtime style on his ivory keys. Louis McFarland rocked the stage on percussion and Bud Gudmundson pitched in on vocals and grooved on his bass guitar. They played "Blue Skies," "Take Me Back to Tulsa," "Me Oh My Miss Mollie" and many more.
Big Swing is professional and polished. The music is wonderful, appeals to all ages and I highly recommend them.
Big Swing plays at the Placerville Live (Music Festival) on August 13 at 4 p.m. They also play at the St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration on The Grove in downtown Boise on September 22 at noon and September 23 at 6 p.m. You can book Big Swing, by contacting Madkat Productions at 871-9370.