Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rock-n-Roll at JohnE's

This Friday the Chauffeurs will be playing at JohnE's at Greenfield Village.

Come have a great night this Friday from 7 to 9:45pm.

See you there.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Desert Drifters

Another great night an JohnE's. Tonight the Desert Drifters played great country music. The floor was crowded for almost every dance and during the line dances the dancers took most of the room! Which left us non-line dancers crowded in the back. Guess it is time to learn the slide.

There were over 190 in attendance and the Timeless Tempe Tappers entertained us during intermission.

I have posted the Desert Drifter's schedule under Band Schedules if you want to check them out. They will be back at JohnE's on June 4th.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

That KOOL Band – Awesome

That Kool Band is not just cool, they are absolutely awesome. They played the Broadway Palms this evening and were fantastic. I have not been that close to a drum set during Wipeout in over 40 years, it felt great. They added Lindsey Hendley for a few vocals and she did a superb job and rounded out the set nicely. During some of the songs the crowd was almost rowdy the music was so good.

Broadway Palms as a venue is questionable, the seating and acoustics were great, but the dance floor was sub-par, and the service was poor (but that is for a  different blog). They had setup a 12 x 15 foot portable floor in the back but it was sticky even with my shoes off and just socks. It is badly in need of a good cleaning and some wax.  We danced during the first set but did not during the second, we set a row back from the band and just enjoyed the music.

I am trying to get their schedule and when I do I will post it. For now, you can check out their website at

Monday, April 19, 2010

Traffic Issues

If you plan on dancing at JohnE's this coming weekend and generally use Southern and Greenfield, use an alternative route. The intersection will be closed from 8pm Friday to 5am Monday.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Country Dance Lessons at JohnE's

Before each Friday night's dance at JohnE's there is a line dancing lesson. The lessons start at 6pm and are different each week. The schedule I got this last Friday is:

April 16 - Cruision - a Cha-Cha line dance that is loads of fun
April 23 - Triple J - a West Coast Swing line dance that is easy & fun
April 30 - Review of all dances taught in April, which include:
  • The Electric Slide
  • Cowboy Charleston
  • Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown
  • Waltz Across Texas
  • Cruising
  • Triple J
May 6 - Patterned Partner Dancing, the teacher will be Anna Crews-Smith

Sounds like a lot of fun. Don't forget to check the dancing schedules listed on the left sidebar.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Road Runner Band

Pure Rock-n-Roll. They were absolutely fantastic last night at JohnE's. I am not sure how Ron does it but I could have sworn I heard more then one guitar last night. This is a three member band, Ron on guitar and keyboard, Carol on bass, and George, the little black box on drums.

Unfortunately for us, they leave the valley for the cooler country during the summer. They will be playing at JohnE's one more time before they leave, on May 14th. They reappear at JohnE's on Sept 17th.

If you like Rock-n-Roll, with the occasionally waltz and cha-cha thrown in, don't miss this band. This is a band that I would actually follow around town, they are that good.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

That KOOL Band

"That Kool Band" is playing at the Broadway Palms on April 21st 

Do you miss those great classic songs of the 50's, 60's and 70's? Do you enjoy live music? Then you will LOVE the great harmonies, flashy guitar work and danceable fun of THAT KOOL BAND! This rock 'n' roll concert features an incredible selection of rock music's greatest hits!

You can join us and make reservations at their Broadway Palms. For more information on the band check out their website at

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

East Coast Swing Class

Well, class started last night. It was good to be dancing again. For some reason it is hard to practice everyday  when there is no class. 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Free Dance Lessons and Events Coming Up

From Mary Lou Kaye:

There are three FREE Dance Lessons coming up.  Two of the happenings include FREE music for general dancing.  Why not come out and have some fun?  They are open to all......the only requirement is that the participants are looking for a good.........make that a GREAT time.

TUESDAY, April 20, 2010 ~ 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Gilbert Community Center
130 North Oak    Gilbert, AZ
Off of Gilbert and Elliot
FREE Basic Social Dance Lesson

FRIDAY, April 23, 2010 ~ 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Gilbert Community Center
130 North Oak    Gilbert, AZ

Off of Gilbert and Elliot
FREE Country/Western Line Dance Lesson (6 to 7)
C/W music for your dancing pleasure (7 to 8)

FRIDAY, May 7, 2010
Pulaski Club
4331 East McDowell     Phoenix, AZ
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
FREE Polka Dance Lesson (7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Dancing to variety of music from 8:00 p.m. to close
Open bar (very reasonable pricing) and food available

Hope to see you at one or all of these events.  Bring your family, friends and enemies. :-)

See you on the dance floor!

Mary Lou Kaye

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rich Howard at JohnE's

The Rich Howard Orchestra was great list night at JohnE's. Unforutnately we got there late and missed the slow polka, slow is my kind of polka. Rich does a nice selection of music and plays fox trots we can actually fox trot to. His WCS was great.

With the new times, we need to rearrange our schedules so we get there earlier, it felt strange having the dance finish at 9:45. It felt kind of "unfinished", it is going to take some getting used to.

But all-in-all a great evening, what can be nicer then ending an evening dancing with a beautiful partner.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Dance Classes

Mary Lou Kaye is starting a new set of classes beginning the week of April 12th. Check out her schedule of classes and locations at this link.

The East Coast Swing class should be very interesting, that is the one you will find my two left feet in.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Friday's Are Back At JohnE's Cabaret

Last night was the opening night of Friday night dancing at Greenfield Village Resort. Johne Klamm has a great list of bands that will be playing this year. Fridays will be Country and 50's & 60's nights. Last night we danced to Reign-N-Country, what a great band. Good, strong vocals and great musicians.

The dance floor at Greenfield is excellent. Last night it was especially nice because there were less dancers then usual, somewhere around 125. So you had plenty of room to shake it.

This year the dance times have changed to 7:00pm to 9:45pm, with one 20 minute break, and at $8 per person it is a great bargain for the quality of bands and the venue.

Why Dance?

A lot of people, especially of the husband variety don’t like to dance. I attribute this to the lack of experience. Most of us have never had any real dancing experience other then gyrating on the dance floor like possessed demons from Tasmania.

Why do you want to dance? Well…

Dancing is more effective, and cheaper, then marriage counseling. Think about it, what are you doing when you dance?
  • You have to touch each other
  • You have to look into each other’s eyes
  • You have to cooperate
  • You need to be patient with one another
  • You have to touch each other
  • You (the male) need to learn to lead
  • You (the female) need to learn to follow
  • You need to learn to block distractions so you can concentrate on your partner
  • You need to trust your partner to be where they need to be when they need to be there
  • You need to learn to connect with each other
  • Did I mention you have to touch?
What does all this mean? YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO COMMUNICATE!

And in the process you get to have fun. When was the last time you asked your spouse, let’s have some fun and go to marriage counseling this weekend? Dancing is a lot more fun!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Dancing Information

The best way for us to know where to dance is to share information. So, if you know of a place to dance, a great band, or a good place for lessons that is not listed here, leave a comment to this post. I will move it to the appropriate category.

Have fun and we'll see you on the dance floor!