Electro Swing with Swingrowers at Red Light Cafe

A night with a gogo dancer and live electro swing music by Swingrowers at Red Light Cafe was a winning combination at this month’s installment of Speakeasy Electro Swing Atlanta. DJ Doctor Q provided the opening set of music to start off the night.  He was excited to have Swingrowers as part of the night’s musical entertainment.

“The opportunity to play with Swingrowers is a dream come true. I cannot wait to have them play for our crowd in Atlanta! I’ve been enjoying their tunes since their debut in 2012, and this chance to have them on our Speakeasy stage is just incredible. I hope everyone gets the chance to dance to these guys, they’re one of the best there are!” – DJ Doctor Q

You can listen to some great sets featuring the Swingrowers by DJ Doctor Q on Mixcloud.  Read Gwendolyn’s review of the Swingrowers latest album Remote, here.

While DJ Doctor Q was spinning dance music for the crowd, Miss Annette Coquette provided the preshow entertainment.  This young lady’s dance set lasted over an hour and she never lost her smile.  In addition to Miss Annette Coquette on stage the dance floor was filled with couples working through their best swing dancing moves.  Everyone was very friendly and encouraging to dancers of all skill levels.  The more adventurous dancers were seen pulling a few shy members of the crowd out onto the dance floor.  It felt very much like an extended family of people on the dance floor like one would see at a wedding or some other celebration.  If it wasn’t for the pulsating electronic beat, we could all have been part of a scene from a 20’s or 30’s musical.

The first description that I heard of electro swing didn’t do the music genre justice.  Knowing that the music is a blending of the sounds of jazz, big band, and electronica was not enough.  This is some music that you just have to hear for yourself to get the full depth, breadth and appeal of the music.  Hearing it live with people energized by the music on the dance floor adds to the appeal of electro swing.  I am pleased that my live baptism into the electro swing family came with the sounds of the Swingrowers providing the soundtrack.

Swingrowers Set List

Swingrowers is: Alessio Costaglioloa on guitar; Ciro Pusateri on saxophone, Roberto Costa a.k.a. Pisk provides the electonica, Loredana Grimaudo on vocals.

  • Frank
  • Enjoy the Moment
  • Senza Ciatu
  • At Least
  • Swing Tonic
  • The Queen
  • Nothing To Do
  • Sing it Back
  • Fancy
  • Pump Up the Jam
  • Midnight
  • Stay Swing
  • Break Out
  • That’s Right

Electro Swing with Swingrowers was certainly a night to remember.

Interview Loredana Grimaudo – Lead Singer Swingrowers

We had the chance to hear about what Loredana Grimaudo’s, lead singer of the Swingrowers, keeps in her music library…

What was the first album that you added to your personal music library?
Fabrizio De Andrè – Canzoni

What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?
Madonna Rebel Heart I generally use Spotify and Youtube to listen music.

What was your first live music experience? Which venue and which artist(s)?
My first live experience was in Palermo, the city where I live. An Italian artist called Jovanotti.

If you could cover one album in your music library which would it be?
I would like to cover Michael Jackson’s Greatest Hits.

What artist do you wish more people had in their music library?
I really love most of the Italian songwriters of the 60’s and the 70’s. One of my favourites is Luigi Tenco.

Where do you draw your inspiration for your music?
I draw inspirations from everything ‘s around me: nature, people, noises, places, etc… I need to be an attentive observer to capture signals in my everyday life and then, put it in words.

What impact do you feel that your music has on your fans?
I hope the crowd find Swingrowers music dancey , happy and joyful. It is very emotional to connect with the people and see how every audience feel different vibrations.

What can we expect to hear from Swingrowers in the future?
Swingrowers are actually working on new productions. You can expect many new collaborations with Italian and European artists, original songs and vintage style remixes.

Interview DJ Doctor Q

DJ Doctor Q is the resident DJ and host for Speakeasy Electro Swing Atlanta.

What was the first album that you added to your personal music library?
Oh man, I have no idea. It’s been ages. Maybe it was something like Metallica’s Master of Puppets? Or maybe Led Zeppelin’s IV? It’s been over 2 decades, so I have no clue.

What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?
Oh, that one is easy. Last ones I picked up were “Selfies On Kodachrome” by Scott Bradlee & The Postmodern Jukebox and “< I°_°I >” by Caravan Palace. Seriously, it’s a robot emoticon album title! Funny right?

What was your first live music experience? Which venue and which artist(s)?
I think my first live music experience I recall as a kid was the Michael Jackson Bad tour at Madison Square Garden.

If you could spin records with one artists in your music library which would it be?
Easy. If I could be the opening act for Caravan Palace, my day would be made. Spinning alongside one of the bands that got me into electro swing would be amazing.

What artist do you wish more people had in their music library?
Honestly most of the bands I play are heavily underrated and should be played more often. Though if I had to only name a few I’d say everyone should be listening to Megan Jean & the KFB as well as Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands. Oh! And Caravan of Thieves too. And This Way to the Egress. And… yeah, I could do this all day.