The joint will be hopping this Saturday night. Kemptville and District Home Support’s [KDHSI] second annual Big Band Dance is, once again, turning the Municipal Centre into North Grenville’s own Cotton Club. Music. Dance. Swirling couples taking over the dance floor and cutting up a storm to one fantastic band. The Jivewires were simply amazing when they performed last year, great musicians and a wide repertoire of classic tunes and songs that kept everyone happy for the night. And they’re coming back again!
No doubt about it: the Municipal Centre is the place to be next Saturday night between 6 and 11 pm. The 2nd Annual Big Band Dance is being sponsored by Kemptville Retirement Living, Grenville Mutual Insurance, O’Farrell Financial Services, and the North Grenville Times. A cold buffet will be provided by Dial-a-Chef between 6 and 8 pm, and there will be a silent auction, a cash bar, and that amazing music that will get your feet moving, even if you’re sitting down.
This is one of KDHSI’s main fund raisers of the year, and it’s not only funds they’re raising: the roof may well levitate too. Last year, people found it hard to resist the music and it was quite wonderful to see so many people getting round that dance floor with such style, smooth moves, and some very technically good cutters of rugs. The music went from Louis Jordon to Sam Cooke, Van Morrison and Cab Calloway, right through to Queen, Katrina and the Waves, and even a really nice “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin. Steve Berndt and his band were warm and fun, and their versions of Happy Birthday to two attendees were incredible.
With over two decades of performing and recording behind them, The Jivewires put on a high-energy show of original songs along with some classic “jump blues” from the post war period from which the band takes its inspiration. Mixing jump blues with swing, jazz and a wide variety of other musical styles, The Jivewires create a unique sound while maintaining the humorous social comment of artists like Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway. The Ottawa based group have toured throughout the UK and extensively in the US northeast, and the band has appeared in many concerts and festivals. In 2015 the band released “Drive Me Sane” and placed two songs from the album in “Prisoners Of Time”, a movie that has been accepted to the Sundance Film Festival.
Tickets are still available but going fast. Call KDHSI at 613.258.3203 to reserve your spot.