Mood Swings Big Band - News / Blog
THE HARFORD EDGE Co-hosts Bob Mumby and Jennifer Button, Executive Assistant to the CEO of The Harford County Public Library interview our very own, Ken Stastny.
Frankie Manning (May 26, 1914 – April 27, 2009) was an American dancer, instructor, and choreographer. Manning is considered one of the founders of Lindy Hop.
Frankie was "the gawdfather of Lindy Hop....the best dance in music."
Mood Swings owes a lot to Frankie and his legacy. At our infancy, the leadership of Mood Swings made an overnight trek up to New York just to see Frankie. We got on a train right after work, got into New York and went straight to Harlem for chicken and waffles and to watch Frankie Manning dance to live big band music. We had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Frankie that night and tell him all about Mood Swings. He loved to hear about what we were doing in Baltimore and he told us to "smile and keep "lovin' what your doin'!"
After our fill of chicken and waffles, we then made a quick trip to The Cotton Club, stopped by Hotel Pennsylvania for a tribute to Glenn Miller then grabbed a 4am train back to Baltimore in time to head straight back to work...never even stopping to change clothes from the day before.
Wow! Some incredible photos taken by Patricia McDougall from our gig in DC last week! We want to thank our friends at Sister Cities International for having us out, they always throw quite the party!
It was such an honor playing our fourth Inauguration Gala in a row!
Check out our latest video! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
On October 27, 2012, we played at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, MD for a wedding Reception. Below is a film by John Renzi, father of the bride that day. He said, "What a great show they put on! Thought you might enjoy this montage of that show that lasted 'till 1am". Thanks for putting the video montage together John, and for uploading it to Youtube and letting us know.
Here's a little good news to perk up your Monday... HAVE YOU HEARD???Mood Swings returns to Boordy Vineyards this summer season for not one date, not two dates, but three!!! Even more opportunities to get down on the stone dance floor with your favorite party band and some of the best local wine around! Hope to see you and yours on the hill:
June 11th / July 16th / August 13th
And we wanna know who the party animals are that will be at all three???
For tickets and more info: http://www.boordy.com/page-332900/Events-At-Boordy.html
We're excited to return to the Pratt Library's annual gala, Mr. Pratt's Party on April 9th - come out and support the Library at this fantastic event!
To get tickets go to: https://prattlibrary.thankyou4caring.org/events/mr.-pratts-party-registration
One memorable wedding last year for one memorable couple: Alex & Shilpa. Engineer's Club - Halloween night - a celebration abundant in both Greek and Indian tradition - a dance floor full of fun and love. It was a beautiful night we were very honored to be a part of. Check out this amazing short from our friends at SkipperFilms: Video Production / DC / VA / MD /! You'll see some Mood Swings action right around the 2:20 mark onward.
Alex + Shilpa // 10.31.2016 // Trailer