Swing dancing, jazz music at Scott Block social

Charlie Jacobson band entertains Saturday at Red Acres Dance Club event

Red Deer’s swing dancers are stepping back in time to put on a musical social at the Scott Block on Saturday night.

The Charlie Jacobson Band will perform at the event that aims to turn the downtown Red Deer venue into as exciting a dance hall as New York’s Savoy Ballroom.

“The swing dance scene is growing in Red Deer, and we hope to introduce a broader audience to our fun, inclusive… culture,” said Karen Carle, president of the Red Acres Dance Club (formerly Let’s Swing Red Deer).

Jacobson will have his CDs Travelin’ and Alberta Flood available at the merch table, and plans to “boogie down” with his four-piece band — including bassist Andy Hamilton, guitarist Bruce Wayne and drummer Jason Koop.

Dancers and non-dancers, couple and singles are invited to come down. They can either hit the dance floor, or just sit back and enjoy the music and dancing entertainment.

“It’s perfectly OK to come solo, since we rotate partners during the beginning lesson,” said Carle. She noted local craft beer will also be available for purchase.

The social starts with a beginner swing dance lesson at 8:30 p.m. and the band goes on an hour later. Tickets are $15 at the door, or in advance from www.redacres.ca. For more information, please call 403-835-1284.

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