They only play at swanky locations – usually the LBJ Grasslands or wherever shelf fungus can be found. Their specialty is swing and Lindy Hop music to get the crowd moving. But they are very adept at reading the crowd and are willing to adjust their set list (as long as they’ve met the Lindy Hop quota first!) They can play a mean tango and their foxtrot tunes make you think they were channeling ‘Ol Blue Eyes.
What’s particularly impressive about the band is the lead singer, Gus. Sure, he’s fun, but he has an unusual method for playing the piano. He uses a drumstick!
The dance hall at the LBJ Grasslands is located at the TADRA Point Trailhead. Those in the know can lead you there. It is a modest hike but it’s worth it to get away from the city. Is there anything better than dancing under the stars on a tree fungus? I think not!
Once you arrive, you’ll notice multiple dance floors for you to enjoy.
When things get really out of hand the Lindy Hoppers take to the tree branches for their aerial moves. Warning kids, don’t try this at home. These are professional, highly skilled dancers!
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (aka Rockalita Sunshine)
Lens: My beloved 100 mm macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS)
Date: January 29, 2017
Notes: This was a bucket list accomplishment! I managed to combine fungus, miniatures and Lindy Hop into a single blog post.
Also, the drumstick piano player was a mistake. I grabbed the wrong miniature for the scene. But it made a more interesting story!