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Welcome to Swing and Strings Weekly

Thank you for patiently awaiting this week's installment of Swing and Strings weekly. The new year is off to the races and we are cooking up a lot of joyous shenanigans for 2024! We have a lot of exciting things packed into this newsletter, so settle in and enjoy.


We'd like to kick off this week's newsletter with our brand new music video of

'When I Grow Too Old To Dream'

Thank you to the incredible musicians, filmmakers, costume designers, organizers, dancers, volunteers, venue owners, friends, and family that made this community celebration happen. So many people showed up with enthusiasm and love to pull this wild video together.


We envision Salt Lake City as a world-class hub for acoustic music. Greater visibility is essential for making that vision a reality. Watching, sharing, liking, commenting, and subscribing makes a big difference. Thank you for being a part of the movement!


Last week, The Swing Orchestra had a great debut at the JEN Conference in New Orleans. It was wonderful to share our vision of swing in the city where the music was born. Everyone left feeling motivated and energized to bring the spirit of New Orleans home. We were thrilled to see the American Fork and Lone Peak high school big bands at the conference. We're excited for the future of jazz in Utah!



A Swing Renaissance II - January 25th

at The Clubhouse

Our first Swing Renaissance show of the year will feature Pompe n' Honey, The Hot House West Swing Orchestra and Swing Collective jamming. This series is a central pillar of our programming for 2024. Come to play, sing, dance, listen, laugh, connect, and celebrate music and community.


Doors open at 5:00pm

Acoustic Swing jams from 5:00-6:50pm (come sit in and play!)

Performance by Pompe n' Honey at 5:00pm

Performance by Hot House West Swing Orchestra from 7:00pm - 7:50pm

Beginner-friendly Swing Dance Lesson from 8:00pm - 8:30pm

Social dance with the Swing Orchestra from 8:30pm - 10:00pm


Cosmic Hootenanny - February 8th Musicians supporting community

at The Commonwealth Room

Presented by the Trash Moon Collective a program of HHW, the Cosmic Hootenanny is a celebration of our local acoustic music community and a chance to help a friend in need through the power of music and a rowdy good time. Four staple bands of the SLC scene—David Burchfield and the Fire Guild, Hot House West Quintet, Pompe ’n Honey, and Pixie and the Partygrass Boys—will be donating their performing time so almost all ticket sales will go to our dear friend and fiddler extraordinaire, Megan Nay, who is experiencing financial hardship due to medical complications.


From 8-11pm you will enjoy four raging musical acts, speckled with tantalizing Reverse Burlesque performances by local dancers. We will have items TBD up for silent auction and a donation booth, with all proceeds donated to Megan. There will be gifts for donors throughout the evening, the greatest of which will be a SANTA CRUZ GUITAR contributed by Acoustic Music.


Be transported by jazz versions of your favorite Sesame Street songs with Alicia Wrigley's "The Sesame Suite." This unique performance features a light-hearted, grown-up interpretation of the songs you grew up with played by master bassist and singer, Alicia Wrigley. (We've heard the record, it's great!)


Upcoming Community Events

Weekly Events

  • Bluegrass Night - Hosted by Trash Moon Collective - Gracie's (21+) Tuesdays (January 16th) 7-10 p.m. (on-going) This week feat. AppAlaska

  • Old-Time Jam - Hosted by Trash Moon Collective - Woodbine Foodhall Wednesdays (January 17th) 6-9 p.m. (on-going)

  • Rotating Jazz Trio - The Pearl on Main (21+) Tuesdays (January 16th) 7-10 p.m. (on-going)

  • Rotating Jazz Trio - Sawadee ThaiFriday & Saturday (Jan. 19th & 20th) 6-9 p.m. (on-going)

  • Flamingo Jazz - Lake Effect Cocktail Bar (21+) Wednesdays (January 17th) 8 - 11 p.m. (on-going)

  • Jazz Jam - Hopkins Brewery (21+) - Hosted this week by Tom Young Wednesdays (January 17th) 8 - 11 p.m. (on-going)

Our newsletters will go out every Monday as we begin to build a running list of jazz, swing and acoustic roots-related community events. If you would like to submit anything to this list, please message by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday prior. We will review it and add it to our events if it is a good fit! Thanks.




I first met Lise through our mutual friend Craig Schriber, and upon his recommendation added Lise onto a Swing Collective gig at the Grand America. On this gig I got to experience the wonderful, positive spirit that Lise exudes.

Anyone who has been fortunate to know Lise can agree that she is a beacon of support and a light amongst our community. She continually leads by example in teaching us all to embrace joie de vivre. She is an excellent musician who is excited to jump into spaces known or unknown, and I was just so charmed by the fire she brought to her playing.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Lise, make the effort to do so. She is the embodiment of the phrase “may the stoke never die!”

- David Baker


Listening Room: Music Appreciation for Non-Musicians

Swing Era Fashion: What Do You Want To Wear?

Have you ever wanted to dive deeper into the throes of Swing music fashion? Check out this dancer's perspective about ways you might choose to incorporate vintage fashion into your outfit. Don't fret if old-school fashion isn't your thing, the article makes sure to point out that it's most important that you dress how you want! 

We'll feature a fashion show at our upcoming Swing Renaissance II show on 1/25. Enter for the chance to win prizes.


Patron Saint Django - Vinyl & CDs Available!


Our Purpose

Our purpose is to create experiences of connectedness, learning, and joy through the language of acoustic music.


Our Vision

We envision Salt Lake City as a hub for world class acoustic music. We accomplish this by building a healthy community-oriented ecosystem that’s accessible for all.

Thank you for hanging out with Hot House West! We are an organization devoted to growing and supporting Utah’s swing and acoustic roots music community. We believe that acoustic music—from swing and jazz to bluegrass, old-time, country and western— brings people together and creates opportunities for connectedness, learning, and joy.

Our goal is to provide and promote weekly and monthly events, from dances, to jams, concerts, and workshops, that support and build our acoustic community. If you’ve ever wanted to dust off the ol’ guitar, meet new players, find a dance partner, or even just find more live acoustic music, follow us, spread the word, and join our Hot House West community! We hope to see you soon!

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