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Welcome to Swing and Strings Weekly # 15

Thanks for tuning in! Get ready for the second installment of our Swing Renaissance series. It kicks off tomorrow 2/22 at 5:30! Come build community, make friends, learn to dance, and celebrate swing with us!


 Can't wait that long for some great music? Catch the album release of 'River Green Sessions' tonight at Fisher! This is the first album to be released under our new record label, Westmoon Records! We're excited to build this new label into a great support of acoustic music projects in Utah. Stay tuned for updates as we roll it out over the coming months.


There are a lot of other great community offerings coming up, so dive in and let's make Salt Lake the music capital of the world!




A Swing Renaissance Series

February 22nd

Hot House West Presents: A Rent Party


Rent parties were social gatherings in 1920's 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 NeighborWorks to do this in our very own Salt Lake! 10% of all ticket sales will be donated to support their mission to:


"build on the strengths of neighborhoods, creating opportunities through housing, resident leadership, and youth and economic development."


Doors open at 5:30pm

Food trucks, art gallery, and bar starting at 5:30pm

Stride piano Performance at 5:45pm - Feat. Derek Coombs!

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

Thank you to our corporate sponsors! We are excited to welcome Dented Brick Distillery. We're working on a special cocktail menu for the evening that will feature their artisanal, local spirits!


Tonight! 2/21

Melissa Chilinski's 'River Green Sessions'

Album Release - Fisher Brewing Co.



Come catch the album release of this great new record from Melissa Chilinski! This is the first release under our new record label, Westmoon Records. We'll be releasing more info about this new label over the coming months, but in the meantime, check out this release! From Melissa:


"I’d encourage you to listen to the entire album straight through. ‘River Green’ bookends the album and there is a flow with the tunes, with bird and cricket sounds speckled throughout.The album is half instrumental, with singing on ‘River Green’, ‘Like a Desert Flower’, ‘Solitude’, and ‘River Green Reprise’. Songs were written in the span of a month last year, with all the instrumentals written on my solo flat water river trip on the Green River in Utah. ‘Like a Desert Flower’ music was written by @david.baker.officialThe album was recorded outside @sagehenjewelry house up tollgate canyon in the summer with @david.baker.official @grayson_wickel @benfunkinweiss . Many of the tunes were workshopped day of and still have a rawness that I find very endearing. We spent all day recording, eating snacks, chasing chickens, hearing the beautiful birds, and watching the aspen trees sway.Hope it gives a little taste of summer and calmness."


"Westmoon Records is at program under Hot House West that supports our network of artists in releasing creative projects into the world. Our team guides artists through both the creation and release strategy of their record, from concept to publishing."


Upcoming Community Events

Weekly Events

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

  • Wednesdays (Feb. 21st) 8 - 11 p.m. (on-going)

  • Jazz Jam - Hopkins Brewery (21+)

  • Wednesdays (Feb. 21st) 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.




Andrew Glanville

You have probably seen Andrew holding down the baritone sax chair with the Hot House West Swing Orchestra! What you may not know is that Andrew has been a mover and shaker behind the scenes in the Salt Lake music community for sometime. In addition to being an excellent woodwind player, Andrew is a great organizer. Having worked for both JazzSLC and Excellence in the Community, two essential local nonprofits, Andrew has contributed in many ways to the excellent music scene we have today.


Andrew has been a friend of the group for a long time, originally playing clarinet in the very first incarnation of Hot House West. After spending several years traveling the world on a shoestring budget, he came back to Utah and rolled up his sleeves to build his skills as an organizer and professional musician. We're glad he is here sharing his many talents! Reach out to him and grab a lesson or catch him on the next gig.


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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