Music

Live band #1: Chicago Stompers (I)

For the first time ever we’ll have the pleasure to dance to a Big Band at Balboa Castle Camp – and to one of the greatest of them all – Italian’s finest Chicago Stompers!

Live band #2: The Vitality Jazz Band (UK)

THE FAMOUS “VITALITY FIVE” JAZZ BAND of London was formed in 2015 and they are happy to play their fastest tunes for you all night long. They are an all-star quintet dedicated to performing and recording authentic 1920s small-group jazz. Specialising in the kind of blistering ‘hot stomps’ inspired by the records of the California Ramblers, Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers, Johnny Dodds’ Hometown Band and others, the Five include sensational and internationally-renowned virtuosi from the UK, USA, Hungary and even Australia:

Mr. DAVID HORNIBLOW : Alto Saxophone & Clarinet.
Mr. SPATS LANGHAM: Banjo & Guitar.
Mr. ATILLA KORB: Cornet & Bass Sax.
Mr. ANDREW OLIVER : Pianoforte.
Mr. NICHOLAS D. BALL : Drums & Percussion.

Or as Michael Steinman on Jazz Lives says: ‘The Vitality 5 rocks!
The VITALITY FIVE are the real thing and the quintet has released its debut CD, which is a complete delight. They are a hot jazz band; their performances marry ferocious energy and precise delicacy. I know three of these Syncopators in person and will vouch for their Credentials of Hot. But mere words have their limitations, so here is audio-visual evidence:’

Main DJ: Superheidi

Let’s keep it short & sweet: I’m here for all your swingin’ pleasure, to make you sweat, put that happy grin on your face and not allowing your feet a rest. If you heard my tunes at my stompin ground in the Netherlands or elsewhere (like Snowball, Lindy Shock, Herräng, All Balboa Weekend, Berlin/Hamburg/Barcelona Balboa Weekend, Studio Hop Summer Camp, Frim Fram Jam, Smokey Feet, Harbour Hop) you know I’m having all the fun in DJing for balboa, lindy hop and some blues. My music tastes are pretty broad (try me!), but tell you what, the faster tunes of the 1930s are really exciting!

Super special guest shellac DJ: Mosquito Hopkins

‘Friedrich der Große’ clearly doesn’t need any further introduction.
So if you have never heard one of his all-nighters you surely have heard people raving about him – first and foremost Superheidi herself, who started a ‘DJ Mosquito Hopkins Groupies Group’ on Facebook.
What few people know: Besides owning this extraordinary, still growing shellac collection, Friedrich is a genius musician as well. He can swing a Cello like nobody else (besides mastering all kinds of other string instruments) AND he composes and arranges. As on top of that he is a very humble and pleasant human being, there might be talents besides all that we don’t even know…
But the important thing for you is that Mr. Hopkins will play one entire night from his shellac collection – with new pieces – which means he will start at quite high energy and will build up and up and up from there until we all have swollen feet…

Staff DJs

Frida

A ‘lost daughter’ of the Berlin swing scene, but one of the most active swing DJ’s in Stockholm and a popular house DJ of their renowned Chicago Swing Dance Studio. Since a couple of years back she’s been playing regularly at Herräng Dance Camp, often in charge of musical theme nights tributing various genres and styles within jazz.
Frida discovered jazz in her early teens– way before she even knew the words Lindy hop– a passion that definitely has given color and range to her library and choice of tunes. She’s quite turned off by the snappy potato hits but she can’t get enough of that notorious bebop swing and those magnificent big bands of Harlem prime time.

Chris

From swing to blues, from Jelly Roll Morton to Tuba Skinny. For several years DJ Chris Wild plays tunes for dancers, always on the lookout for the most danceable songs. You can find him on various dance floors in and out of his hometown Berlin, where he is considered as one of the most popular Swing DJs. He loves to play a wide range of music, from the classics to contemporary bands and to the fringe of swing music. His goal is to make dancers to enjoy themselves and the music, play with different styles and attitudes, energy levels and go crazy once in a while.

Mono Michalke

Born in Hamburg, self-taught artist Andreas Michalke published his first illustrations in the hardcore magazines Trust and Zap in the late 1980s. Playing in a band himself, he combined his two activities by making flyers and posters for other bands…
Andreas Michalke has been collecting records since 1980 and has DJd for 20 years. In the past years particularly for Swing dancers, amongst others at Herräng Dance Camp. He will bring a beautiful collection of 78s to the castle, but he especially likes 45s – those small vinyl records. Just because they leave no space for bullshit: All killer – no filler.

Early morning crew: Miss Chief and The Mixologist

These two show up behind the DJ booth when their work is done – and that’s because they love to play their vinyls for those who never get enough: For the wild ones. They will bring selected hits of 50s and 60s Rhythm’n’Blues, early Rock’n Roll and Beat. And they might throw in a Twist. Or Hildegard Knef – you never know!
And let me tell you: they won’t stop as long as there is someone who still wants to party with them…