I was invited by a friend to take shots at her monthly vintage dance. It was themed on the back to the future ball and held in Preston. I was not quite sure what type of people dressed in period clothes to listen to a band and also dance. The answer is a mix of people all really nice and very talented. It made me ashamed of the effort that I put in for a night out when my definition of effort is a shave and matching sock (to clarify I wear the rest of the clothes as well). The gents had smart 3 piece suits with 2 coloured shoes. The ladies wore beautiful dresses many that they had made themselves.
The band (Doug Pekins and The Spectaculars) describe themselves as an 'Authentic Show stopping 50's Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly band'. They were great and worked there way through classics and also some of their own songs. One of the highlights was when they switched places and instruments to allow the drummer to be the lead singer for one slower romantic number. The band fitted perfectly with the dancers and I was unsure who would give in first as the tempo quickened to unbelievable levels on the stage and on the dance floor.
As well as the live band the music was selected by DJ Joe Bazooka who from the reaction of the dancers know the songs to play and when to play them as the dance floor was full all night.
I will have to plead ignorance on the technical side of the dancing but it included rock and roll to lindy hop and looked great fun. One of the nice aspects of the night was the great friendly atmosphere with dancers switching partners and all having a great night.
One of the most impressive dances is when without warning a song is played the dance floor fills and a vintage form of line dance takes places.
I would have been happy to sit listen to the great band and enjoy the delicious cakes that were on offer but the dancers really made it a memorable night.
Thanks to Swingaroo for the invitation and hospitality.
The amazing and very stylish dj has his own blog at djbazookajoe.wordpress.com and is also available for functions.
Doug Perkins and The Spectaculars can be contacted through their web site at www.dpandthespecs.co.uk