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Welcome to Swing and Strings Weekly # 23

There is a lot happening this week! Thank you everyone who came out to our Swing Renaissance last week. We had an incredible time as always and we're looking forward to the next show on May 30th, featuring Company B. Get your tickets early! It's going to be a swingin' night.


Now dive in and check out the many acoustic happenings this week in Salt Lake!



VOL. 1


 Available now on our website!  We are so excited to bring this book into the world. This collection of fiddle tunes features a set of tunes that are frequently played in sessions here in Utah. As we grow the acoustic music scene, having a common language and musical identity is critical in making it easy to sit down and play together.


If you've ever been interested in playing fiddle tunes, grab a copy!


A special thank you to Dylan Schorer for his tireless work in pulling this together.

Thank you to Acoustic Music for sponsoring the printing! You've never met a friendlier shop. If you need an instrument, go see Meg!


We are starting to work on a Swing Collective tune book as well. Stay tuned!




Swing Collective Workshop and Jam - Monday, May 6th

Our FREE weekly swing workshop will feature our very own, James Martak. He is going to be talking about Swing Rhythm Guitar. However, don't be afraid to bring your fiddle, bass, or trumpet. Understanding the role of the rhythm section makes everyone swing better.


The workshop will be followed by a jam from 7-9.Come join The Swing Collective!


New Album Release! May 22nd At the State Room

Westmoon Records is coming to life. We are pumped for this new release from Melissa Chilinski. You don't want to miss this show! Georgi Petrov & the Hearfolk will kick off the night before Melissa and her friends will take you on an incredible and emotional musical journey with her new solo record. Get your tickets now before they sell out! (And check out this little promo of 'Morning Prine'.


We are so excited for what the Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music are cooking up this year! They have a stellar line up of touring and local acts (feat. many of our very own Trash Moon Collective regulars). This organization does a TON to support the acoustic music scene in Utah. Get out and see some great music at a world-class festival, and hey, we'll even be there with our very first HHW nonprofit booth.


Upcoming Community Events

  • Music at Neutral Ground - Soft Opening Weekend

  • 122 Pierpont Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

  • Neutral ground is opening a new venue in town this weekend!

  • 5/2 Christine Baird 7-9, Los Helcaminos 10-12

  • 5/3 The Kenny Fong Community, 7-9, Neutral Ground Party Band 10-12

  • 5/4 Morgan Call Duo 7-9, Flamingo 10-12

  • Check them out and support Salt Lake's newest venue!

  • Jazz At Caputo's on 15th & 15th - Alicia Wrigley Quartet

  • Jazz at Caputo's is back!!!

  • Friday, May 3rd, 5-8 p.m.

  • Survivor Wellness - Jazzed for Spring

  • Saturday, May 4th, 1-3 p.m.

  • Feat. Barrage à Trois

  • The Swing Collective Presents: Jazz at Felt

  • Saturday, May 4th, 7-10 p.m.

  • The Swing Collective Presents: Swingin' at Sicilia Mia

  • Monday, May 6th, 6-9 p.m. (on-going)

  • The Jazz Mentors Foundation: Benny Benack III

  • Monday, May 6th, 7:30 p.m.

  • The Swing Collective Presents: Swingin' at the Grand

  • Saturday, May 11th, 7-10 p.m.

  • Jazz in the Park: Presented by Sandy Amphitheater

  • Saturday, May 18th, 2-10 p.m.

  • Feat. HHWSO, Caleb Chapman's Sound House, and top high school jazz bands!

  • A Swing Renaissance Series: Featuring Company B!

  • Thursday, May 30th, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.


Weekly Events

  • Parlor Swing Jam & Workshop 

  • at Millcreek Common hosted by the Swing Collective

  • Monday, May 6th,

  • Workshop 6-7 p.m. Jam Session 7-9 p.m.

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

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

  • Feat. Band of Ferns

  • Wednesday's at Woodbine  - Hosted by Trash Moon Collective

  • Alternating Old-time & Bluegrass  (on-going)

  • May 8th, Old-time jam 6-9 p.m. (on-going)

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

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

  • Sugarhouse Violins Acoustic Jam

  • Alternating Old-time & Hot Jazz  (on-going)

  • May 2nd, Hot Jazz jam from 7-10 p.m.

  • Rotating Jazz Trio - Sawadee Thai

  • Friday & Saturday (May 3rd & 4th) 6-9 p.m. (on-going)

  • Jazz Jam - Hopkins Brewery (21+)

  • Wednesdays (May 8th) 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.




Tony Elison

What to say about Tony? Besides being the most smiling, like-able, cool-cat in the valley, the guy swings like house! If you've had the pleasure of hearing him around town, you know what we mean. A regular at Hopkins on Thursday night, Sawadee Thai, and a common force at the Gallivan center for the Excellence in the Community series, Tony holds down the jazz piano scene in Salt Lake.


Be sure to connect with him and learn some piano too! He teaches privately, as well as maintaining a schedule as an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University and Westminster. Thank you Tony for being an outstanding friend, pianist, and member of the Swing Collective. We're lucky to have him here in Utah.


Tune in next week for our Nerd Corner and Listening Room!


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.

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