Blues dancing is a great way to spend a night out. I’ve covered that before. But one thing I haven’t covered is that sometimes, instead of the music being DJ’d, it’s performed by a live band. And this adds a whole other dimension to the experience. I was reminded of this at last night’s monthly blues clinic at the Blues Union, which includes one-on-one time to get feedback from an instructor on your dancing, and a live band that plays from 9pm to 12 midnight. Last night we were treated to Josh Fialkoff. 🙂
Seeing live music in any venue is a great experience. I’m sure we’ve all been to concerts of our favorite bands, singers, etc. And going to such events is, without a doubt, one of the most fun things you can do. Add this to the already fantastic fun of blues dancing, and you get a recipe for nothing less than a spectacular time.
As I’ve mentioned one of the great things about blues dancing is the people you get to meet through dancing. Everyone’s there to enjoy dancing to fun music. With a live band there, you get to meet a whole other set of very cool people: the musicians. When a band is playing live for a blues dance, they of course take occasional breaks. And when they do, they’re generally very cool about chatting with anybody interested in talking to them. They even let other musicians sit in with them during their sets (I’ll have to make sure to try and do that next time).
And one of the best things is that you get to see great musical acts for pretty cheap! To attend the open dance when a live band is playing at the Blues Union is only $10. That’s not bad for dancing with great live music! And the bands always sound great; I’ve never seen a bad band get to play any kind of live social dancing event. Considering that’s about the cover you’d pay at most bars to hear mostly “meh” bands, I’d say that’s a pretty great way to spend $10!
If you have any thoughts, questions, or experiences of your own you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment! I’d love to hear what you have to say!