The Bootleggers Ball

The Deal

A classy dance party straight out of Prohibition days with some of the hottest jazz and swing bands in the Bay Area! We have live jazz, a drop-in taster class in swing dancing, and of course, in true bootlegging fashion, we're BYOB (and encourage it!). $15 admission (price may vary for special events).

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The Dates
Date Theme Band
January 21, 2017 "River of the Roses" Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band,
playing the music of Kid Ory
February 18, 2017 "Truckin'" The Don Neely Swingtet
March 25, 2017 "Jammin' the Blues" Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five,
feat. Hilary Alexander
April 15, 2017 Jive at Five The Hot Baked Goods
May 20, 2017 Song of the Islands Rob Reich Quintet Swings Left
June 24, 2017 Harlem on a Saturday Night Kally Price Old Blues & Jazz Band
July 15, 2017 I'll See You in My Dreams Clint Baker's Golden Gate Swing Band
August 19, 2017 TBD The Jen Hodge All-Stars
September 16, 2017 TBD Shannon Lea's Redwood Rhythm
October 21, 2017 TBD The Don Neely Swingtet
November 2017 n/a (closed—head to Fog City Stomp!)
December 2017 n/a (closed)
The Schedule

$15 admission to the class and the dance.

When What
8:30–9:00 Drop-in taster class
9:00–midnight Social dance to live music
The Music

Past bands have included:

  • Clint Baker's Hot Five
  • Kally Price Old Blues & Jazz Band
  • Le Jazz Hot
  • Americano Social Club
  • Gaucho
  • Clint Baker's Golden Gate Swing Band
  • The Don Neely Swingtet
  • Rob Reich Quintet Swings Left
  • The Ivory Club Boys
  • The Hot Baked Goods
  • The Au Brothers Jazz Band
  • The Fascinating Rhythms
  • Ray Skjelbred's New Berkeley Rhythm
  • Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders
The Joint

We've found wonderful hosts in the SF Community Music Center in the Mission District.

Google Maps: 544 Capp St, San Francisco, CA

The Community Music Center (CMC) was founded in 1921 with the mission of making music accessible to all people, regardless of their financial means. They offer classes for people of all ages, abilities and interests and financial aid to all who need it.

The People

We're a group of Bay Area friends who decided to work together to throw the dance party of our dreams. Since we dance lindy hop and other vintage dances from back in the day, we're mixing together the tastiest ingredients we can find: a beautiful ballroom, hot live jazz, classy people, and plentiful shenanigans.