The Zach Serleth Swingtet
The Zach Serleth Swingtet is like your favorite pair of dance shoes, the scratch of your favorite record, and the hip coffee shop on the corner combined. They are comfortable, familiar, classy and cutting edge all in one. This hard-swinging and stylistically faithful ensemble blends the sounds of the late 1930s and early 1940s dance bands with their modern and quirky approach. Arranger/Composer/Bassist Zach Serleth fuels a Basie-esque rhythm section with thick and riffy horn parts, a four on the floor time feel, and dazzling arrangements of new and classic tunes that spark joy in dancers and listening audiences alike. The Swingtet has set out to reinvent modern swing music by working with top-notch musicians from different backgrounds and genres to move the music forward while paying the highest dues possible to the music of the past. They borrow from the Benny Goodman Sextet, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Charlie Shavers, and Lester Young while also writing their own original songs and arrangements. The Swingtet was formed in 2018 by request of Baltimore Lindy Hoppers and it has taken flight from there. They are the house band for the Louisiana, they played BAL-Timore in 2018 and 2019, and will be debuting in Montreal, New York, and Glen Echo this Fall.
Rob Macy - DJ and sunday soul party host
Rob Macy has earned a reputation across the states as a floor-filling DJ, spinning exclusively rock, soul, rhythm and blues on 45rpm vintage vinyl. His monthly event, Save Your Soul at the Lithuanian Hall, has become one of the premier soul dance parties in North America. A wild blend of hits (Etta, Aretha, Otis + JB) to forgotten gems, the playlist stretches from the familiar to the obscure, but propels the dance floor from open to close.
We are so excited to have Rob spinning vintage vinyl for the Sunday night soul party at Lindy 500.
Tony Vergara -dj
Tony started dancing in 2005, rocking out to Baltimore Club music at high school dances (but in New York...). He found Lindy Hop and all that jazz in 2007, when he started performing with and then choreographing for the West Philly Swingers at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he started DJing house parties with a mix of lindy, blues, and pop music. He studied Jazz and Popular Music (also neuroscience, but that's less relevant), so he'd love to talk music history and theory with you. When he's DJing, you'll probably hear a range of music, some driving, some lazy, some fast, some slow, and everything in between. His musical influences include Chick Webb (he's from Baltimore!), Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Illinois Jacquet, and Lester Young, but also Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Chance the Rapper, and Bell Biv Devoe. He'll keep you dancing all night, so come prepared with your most comfortable shoes and a few extra shirts!
Sommer Gentry - dj
Sommer Gentry is a high-energy hedonist who loves lindy hop and every other kind of dancing. In 2005, she co-founded Charm City Swing which gave birth to the Mobtown Ballroom. She has been a DJ to the Baltimore scene ever since, known for playing the happiest, silliest, and broadest collection of dance music from classic big band to western swing, with a lil’ bit of funk, soul, pop, and that clucking chickens version of In the Mood. She has also been dancing, performing, and teaching lindy for twenty years and has tons of contest wins to back that up.
Kyle Kelley - Dj
Kyle started dancing back in 2007 and has been doing her best to do it all ever since. Whether it's a killer sax solo, a blaring horn section, or a kicking drum solo, Kyle loves a hook that makes you want to move and she can't wait to bring all of her favorite songs with her to Lindy 500 this year. Bags are packed, tunes are prepped, and stank face is always at the ready. She'll see you all in Baltimore!
Omar Myers - DJ
Omar has been collecting music for Blues, Swing, and Soul since he was a lil dude. It wasn't until after he started Lindy Hop did he decide to start getting people to dance. He began DJing in 2010. Since then, he has left-clicked tunes all over the world, in such locations as, Barcelona, Stockholm, and Seoul. Currently, he is a regular DJ in the DC/Baltimore area.