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Welcome to Swing and Strings Weekly # 16

We're still processing what an incredible time the Swing Renaissance Rent Party was last Thursday! Thank you everyone for coming out and bringing such incredible energy to the community. Hayley Kirkland lost her voice and so instead of singing, at the very last minute, we brought out a host of guest vocalists who all did an amazing job. It left the Swing Orchestra feeling like this:

If you had a chance to enjoy the photo booth, check out the pictures here! Please download, share and tag hothousewest and the Photo Collective!


Now, dive into our newsletter and see what's happening in the community. We have a new jam coming up next week, some info on next month's Swing Renaissance, and a lot of other great community events! Craig Schriber makes an appearance and you might learn a little about Western Swing. Enjoy!





Our Swing Collective program is hosting our first official swing jam, next Monday March 4th! We've been searching for the right place to host these and couldn't be more excited to kick it off at the Millcreek Commons. They are great supporters of the arts and are a welcome addition to the city.


If all goes according to plan, we'll be rotating between a Django-inspired hot club (or Gypsy Jazz) jam and a Western Swing jam. These will necessarily be acoustic, so unfortunately, no horns/drums at this time. However, we are working on setting up a trad jazz jam in the near future. In the meantime, bring your strings and let us know if you have questions or suggestions.


The night will kick off with a guided slow jam from 6-7. Come ask questions, learn some tunes, and get to know the community!


A Swing Renaissance Series

March 28th

Hot House West(ern) Swing Night


Don your Western wear and come out for a special night of Western Swing! We'll be hootin' and hollerin' like the old Kings of Western Swing. We are thrilled to have some special guests joining us throughout the night, so stay tuned for updates. Our non-profit partner this time around is Survivor Wellness. We'll be donating 10% of our ticket sales to this great cause, so come party with us to support the great work they are doing in the Utah!


Survivor Wellness is a nonprofit organization providing free and reduced-cost wellness and integrative health care services & support for cancer patients, cancer survivors, family members, loved ones and caregivers in two historic homes in central Salt Lake City. Founded in 1997 as Cancer Wellness House, programming addresses mental, emotional, physical, social, spiritual and financial health. Survivor Wellness is a cancer care community.


"This place heals the things the doctors cannot."


Doors open at 6:00pm (all-ages)

Food trucks, art gallery, and bar starting at 6:00pm

Performance by Barrage à Trois from 6:00 - 6:50pm

Performance by The Hot House West Swing Orchestra Feat. Pompe n' Honey from 7:00pm - 7:50pm

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

Social dance with the Swing Orchestra + Guests 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!


Upcoming Community Events

Weekly Events

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

  • Tuesdays (Feb. 27th) 7-10 p.m. (on-going) AppAlaska!

  • Old Time Jam - Hosted by Trash Moon Collective - Woodbine Foodhall

  • Wednesdays (Feb. 28th) 6-9 p.m. (on-going)

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

  • Tuesdays (Feb. 27th ) 7-10 p.m. (on-going)

  • Rotating Jazz Trio - Sawadee Thai

  • Friday & Saturday (March 1st & 2nd) 6-9 p.m. (on-going)

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

  • Wednesdays (Feb. 28th) 8 - 11 p.m. (on-going)

  • Jazz Jam - Hopkins Brewery (21+)

  • Wednesdays (Feb. 28th) 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.




Craig Schriber

With all the energy we're cooking up around western swing this month, the time is right to introduce you all to Craig! He is an excellent musician and natural community builder. Craig's love of acoustic guitar and the song takes him through a breadth of styles, but his love for western swing shines through. We mentioned next month's Swing Renaissance theme and he immediately sent us a great list of tunes to consider. We're excited to welcome him and his group, Barrage à Trois to the night so that you can hear him play some of his favorites.


From his passion for acoustic music styles, to his smile, to his great community spirit, we're lucky to have Craig in town. Go find him on Facebook and look for him at the next event!


Listening Room: Music Appreciation for Non-Musicians

What is Western Swing?

Western Swing is a genre of music that originated in the American Southwest in the late 1920s and 1930s. It's a subgenre of American country music, but it stands out for its unique blend of rural, cowboy, polka, folk, trad and swing-era jazz, and blues. It's characterized by its swinging rhythms, strong use of steel guitar and fiddle, and its big band arrangements, which often include brass and woodwind instruments alongside the more traditional country music instruments.


Western Swing was popularized by bands like Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, who are often credited with the creation and popularization of the genre. Bob Wills is known as the "King of Western Swing," and his music featured a mix of traditional country with jazz improvisation, which appealed to a wide audience. The genre's popularity peaked in the 1940s but experienced a revival in the 1970s and continues to influence musicians today.


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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