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Welcome to Swing and Strings Weekly # 12

First off, thank you to everyone who came out last Thursday to our first Swing Renaissance show of the new series! What a legendary kickoff! To all the audience members, musicians, dancers, vendors, sponsors, visual artists, designers, volunteers, and organizers... thank you. So many people came together to pull off this extraordinary event. It has left us feeling motivated and inspired to keep the momentum going. We'll see everyone on February 22nd!

We would like to give our sincerest thank you to our band chair and corporate sponsors! We couldn't have done this without you.

The Tippins Family Bandleader Chair

The Tiffany and Jared Quilter Rhythm Guitar Chair

The Cori Fabian Reed 3 Chair

The Roy Donk Trumpet 1 Chair

The Scott Hansen Trumpet 2 Chair

In Honor of Marvin D. Loflin Trumpet 3 Chair 

The Woodbury Family Trombone 2 Chair

 The Jack and JoAnn Turner Drum Chair

The OTW Safety Violin Chair

Now stick around and dive into some great community updates! There are lots of great musical opportunities coming up for connectedness, learning, and joy. So find a dance partner, dust off the ol' fiddle, or just get out there and enjoy some of the many offerings here in Utah.

Rounding out the newsletter, Bart Cubrich makes an appearance, followed by a tribute to the King of Western Swing by none other than Merle Haggard.




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!)


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.


A Swing Renaissance Series

February 22nd

Hot House West Presents: A Rent Party


 Rent parties were social gatherings in 1920s Harlem where musicians and dancers would gather to raise money to help cover tenants’ rent. These were formative moments in time where musicians collaborated and pushed the boundaries of their music further. We are partnering with Utah housing non profits to do this in our very own Salt Lake! More details to come.


Doors open at 5:00pm

Food trucks, art gallery, and bar from 5:00-6:50pm

Stride piano Performance at 5:00pm

Performance by The 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


Upcoming Community Events

Weekly Events

  • Bluegrass Night - Hosted by Trash Moon Collective - Gracie's (21+)

  • Tuesdays (Jan. 30th) 7-10 p.m. (on-going)

  • Bluegrass Jam - Hosted by Trash Moon Collective - Woodbine Foodhall

  • Wednesdays (Jan. 31st) 6-9 p.m. (on-going)

  • Rotating Jazz Trio - The Pearl on Main (21+)

  • Tuesdays (Jan. 30th ) 7-10 p.m. (on-going)

  • Rotating Jazz Trio - Sawadee Thai

  • Friday & Saturday (Feb. 2nd & 3rd) 6-9 p.m. (on-going)

  • Flamingo Jazz - Lake Effect Cocktail Bar (21+)

  • Wednesdays (Jan. 31st) 8 - 11 p.m. (on-going)

  • Jazz Jam - Hopkins Brewery (21+)

  • Wednesdays (Jan. 31st) 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.





Meet Bart! When he is not sending climbing boulders or making the world a better place as an environmental scientist, you can find him passionately exploring the world of hot jazz. A great guitarist and tenor banjoist, Bart loves early swing greats like Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, Nick Lucas and of course, Django Reinhardt. His attention to detail with the roots of jazz guitar, give him a powerful acoustic sound and a grounded approach to learning the instrument and style.

It's been a great pleasure to connect with Bart over the last couple months through our Swing Collective program! As we work to further define that program, our interactions with Bart have helped shape the discussion. As a community-builder himself, he really understands how powerful it is to show up! We feel lucky to count him among the Swing Collective. So go give him a follow on Instagram and be sure to check out his YouTube page!


Listening Room: Music Appreciation for Non-Musicians

Merle Haggard and the Texas Playboys tribute to Bob Wills

Bob Wills is the original king of Western Swing, and us here at Hot House West have a special place in our hearts for Bob and his Texas Playboys. Here is a touching performance where lifelong fan Merle Haggard joins Bob's band and performs classic Texas Playboys repertoire. Bob's last record For the Last Time saw the king performing what was clear to be his last record, persevering through a body half-paralyzed by a recent stroke. Before the recording was completed, Merle Haggard drove all night from Chicago to be with his hero for the last day of recording. Unfortunately, Bob had another stroke the night before that left him comatose for the remainder of his life. This video promises to leave a tear your in eye as one of the great legends of country music pays homage to his idol. 


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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