Music is a priority at Lindy 500. That's why this year we will have two nights of live music, two late nights, and only the best bands and DJs. We are extremely pumped that the headlining band for Friday and Saturday nights will be Michael Gamble and the Mobtown All-Stars, a group hand-picked by Mr. Gamble himself and absolutely guaranteed to roll your socks up and down. We wouldn't joke about something like this. Seriously.
Michael Gamble and the Mobtown All-Stars
Michael Gamble, leader of the Rhythm Serenaders, runs a hard swinging and stylistically faithful ensemble created in the mold of the late 1930’s, early 1940’s dance band. This year, Gamble is putting together a badass line up of Baltimore's best jazz musicians.
Michael Gamble’s 15+ years of work in every aspect of the global swing dance community informs the band’s repertoire and taste. The music will carry a dance floor all night long, but is just as comfortable in listening rooms, or even setting a classy tone for a private event. Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders pursue one mission in any setting: to share the joy and infectious energy of mid-20th century American Jazz!
Jon Tigert and the other baltimore All-stars
Jon is a bad ass drummer, singer, and band leader. This year we are in for a treat because Jon is leading a group of Baltimore musicians (and Michael Gamble) for our late-night listening pleasure at the Ideal after Saturday's main dance.
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!
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.
Rayned Wiles has been dancing for over 10 years and is a nationally-known DJ with extensive experience at national competitions, dance camps, exchanges, swing and blues clubs and special events. "I think the point of DJing is to keep everyone in the room dancing and having a great time through music," Rayned says. "My music of choice is swing jazz blues. I like Fats Waller's view that swing is 'two-thirds rhythm and one-third soul' and Carmen McRae's reminder that 'blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread--without it, it's flat.' " Rayned Djs regularly in the Baltimore/Washington DC area.