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December 2nd, 2013

The dapperest gentleman we know.

This week DJ John Mortenson works us out.
Following our Boy Wonder last Tuesday, this week the Jam Cellar will be taken out by the ever charming DJ John Mortenson. If that extra slice of pumpkin pie or handful of Chanukah gelt is weighing on your waistline, come get physical with us downtown! He's taken us to an intimate restaurant and a suggestive movie, so let's work it out on a hardwood floor. Fresh faced and spruced from head to toe, John brings a classic energy and style to the dance floor and the DJ booth. He's guaranteed to spin us some groovy tunes that will get our bodies talking and scare this December cold away.

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November 25th, 2013

allons-y

This week, DJ Adam Bean saves the day!
Breaking free of his innocuous secret identity as "that guy who can't quite remember your name at

dances," Mr. Bean is embracing his other life, that of Adam, defender of our hearts, metropolis and

highfaluting musical selection. Once a low level data reporter for an engineering corporation, he is

coming out, free of his suit and spectacles , to reveal his true self behind the Jam Cellar's DJ table.

Despite his divided attentions between his two great loves, Evie Schwartz and Bud Light Lime's new

Straw-Ber-Rita, Adam will be here to save you from holiday stress this tuesday. Leave your kryptonite at

home please.

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November 18th, 2013

something something charleston.

This week, DJ Kate Hedin finishes up a whirlwind European tour at the Jam Cellar!
Returning from over a week teaching abroad with her crew (Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Bobby), Kate is prepped to keep you all swinging high after this weekend's killer night out at the Spanish Ballroom. In case you missed it, Craig Gildner's Bid Band brought twelve pieces of slammin sound out at this classic Depression Era amusement park. We were so happy to see so many of our new and continuing students out on the floor. And what better way to celebrate a successful night out and a new round of classes this week with DJ Kate Hedin!

Starting this week: the last four week Beginner Lindy Hop series of 2013!
This series will leave you ready to swing out and triple step the night away with all the basics of six count jitterbug and eight count Lindy Hop. After just one session, you'll be able to hit the floor with moves that not only look good but feel great.

As if that's not enough this week also starts Constructing your Charleston!
This four week series is an exploration of new (old) moves from the swing dancing greats of the 1930s and 40s. Just completed the Beginner Series? Already taken Amplifying your Awesomeness or Building your Badassness? No problemo, these guys are bringing you new moves to shake up your Lindy Hop. The Jam Cellar just kindly ask that you have completed the beginner series, and that you bring good shoes and a childlike sense of wonder.

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November 11th, 2013

Souvenirs, novelties, parrrrrrrrr-ty tricks….

DJ Omar Myers making his Jam Cellar debut this Tuesday.
A regular on our dance floor, Omar is looking to translate his hot moves into some trad jazz and swinging styling into rug-cutting favorites. While he's previously shown his talents with funky mixes of blues, soul, and swing up in Baltimore, we're bringing him down for some pure, strong rhythm sections of double bass and drums anchoring lead sections of brass instruments such as trumpets and trombones, complimented by woodwinds, saxophones, and clarinets, as well as the occasional violin and guitar. We're looking forward to hearing him spin a strong variety of tempos and a "lilting" swing time rhythm to get us moving on the floor. Let's come out and welcome Omar to the Jam Cellar's prestigious DJ booth (table)!

November 16th, the Craig Gildner Big Band ft. The Midiri Bros. at The Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom
A combination of the finest talent in the Washington DC area, the Craig Gildner Big Band brings together a strong rhythm section and vintage arrangements to create an ideal dance band while capturing the best of the era. Inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Harry James, this twelve-piece orchestra will definitely keep on your feet all night long. Excitingly, they'll also be joined by the fabulous Midiri Brothers on a myriad of instruments ranging from clarinet to xylophone.

The band loves playing for their hometown crowd so come out cut a hypothetical rug with us! Details!

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November 4th, 2013

Baby, it's cold outside; so come warm up with us!

Here to make his bi-monthly appearance at the Jam Cellar: DJ Jerry Almonte!

As a JC veteran DJ, Jerry has been subjected to countless attempts to awkwardly rhyme his name with everything from fruit to three english sisters who wrote under particularly bad penames. These emails grow increasingly obtuse as we have to consider resorting to a heavily accented jaunty, diamonte, or just writing in straight up italian. Beyond comparisons with Harry Belafonte (who wasn't even born in the same month or any other crappy connection we could possibly come up with), we're really out of clever ways to tell you guys that you should come out and dance to one of our favorite DJs.

November 16th, the Craig Gildner Big Band ft. The Midiri Bros.
A combination of the finest talent in the Washington DC area, the Craig Gildner Big Band brings together a strong rhythm section and vintage arrangements to create an ideal dance band while capturing the best of the era. Inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Harry James, this twelve-piece orchestra will definitely keep on your feet all night long. Excitingly, they'll also be joined by the fabulous Midiri Brothers on a myriad of instruments ranging from clarinet to xylophone.

The band loves playing for their hometown crowd so come out cut a hypothetical rug with us! Details!

Wanna Volunteer?
Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

October 28th, 2013

What would you do for a scooby snack?

What would you do for a Scooby Snack?

Careful documentation has revealed patterns of a paranormal nature. Surprising noises that are more than monsters under the bed, clowns in the closet or Jack Nicholson trying to break down that top floor bathroom door that sticks at a climatic moment in the night. No, There's a very logical explanation for all this. We've come to the conclusion that the mansion must be haunted.

As a result, we are currently looking for a small group of meddling kids willing to solve our noise problem. Do you happen to believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis? If so, there could be a twinkie in this for you. Submit a 250 word essay on why you and the rest of your mystery machine should be chosen huh@thejamcellar.com. The best of which will be read aloud in a dramatic fashion by one of our fair leaders in the weeks following. Applications open until Nov. 3rd.

In the meantime, we're going to need to keep our cool and not let these spirits know we're on to them. Thus we advise our kind denizens that this Tuesday, they continue to congregate at the usual time for some Pre-Halloween festivities. We'll have a mystery DJ and costumes are encouraged. Come out and swing out in your frightful finest.

November 16th, the Craig Gildner Big Band ft. The Midiri Bros. A combination of the finest talent in the Washington DC area, the Craig Gildner Big Band brings together a strong rhythm section and vintage arrangements to create an ideal dance band while capturing the best of the era. Inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Harry James, this twelve-piece orchestra will definitely keep on your feet all night long. Excitingly, they'll also be joined by the fabulous Midiri Brothers on a myriad of instruments ranging from clarinet to xylophone.

The band loves playing for their hometown crowd so come out cut a hypothetical rug with us!

Wanna Volunteer? Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

October 28th, 2013

What would you do for a scooby snack?

Careful documentation has revealed patterns of a paranormal nature. Surprising

noises that are more than monsters under the bed, clowns in the closet or Jack Nicholson trying to break

down that top floor bathroom door that sticks at a climatic moment in the night. No, There's a very

logical explanation for all this. We've come to the conclusion that the mansion must be haunted.

As a result, we are currently looking for a small group of meddling kids willing to solve our noise

problem. Do you happen to believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance,

spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of

Atlantis? If so, there could be a twinkie in this for you. Submit a 250 word essay on why you and the

rest of your mystery machine should be chosen huh@thejamcellar.com. The best of which will be read aloud

in a dramatic fashion by one of our fair leaders in the weeks following. Applications open until Nov.

3rd.

In the meantime, we're going to need to keep our cool and not let these spirits know we're on to them.

Thus we advise our kind denizens that this Tuesday, they continue to congregate at the usual time for

some Pre-Halloween festivities. We'll have a mystery DJ and costumes are encouraged. Come out and swing

out in your frightful finest.

November 16th, the Craig Gildner Big Band ft. The Midiri Bros. A combination of

the finest talent in the Washington DC area, the Craig Gildner Big Band brings together a strong rhythm

section and vintage arrangements to create an ideal dance band while capturing the best of the era.

Inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Harry James, this twelve-piece orchestra will

definitely keep on your feet all night long. Excitingly, they'll also be joined by the fabulous Midiri

Brothers on a myriad of instruments ranging from clarinet to xylophone.

The band loves playing for their hometown crowd so come out cut a hypothetical rug with us!

Wanna Volunteer? Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a

better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email

huh@thejamcellar.com

October 21st, 2013

Everyone blushes.

A crowdsourced love letter to DJ Mike Marcotte. A recent survey conducted on the 20th of October returned conclusive results. When asked what her favortiest thing about DJ Mike Marcotte was, fellow dancer Erin Boeke Burke was overwhelmed and simultaneously speechless. Eventually forced to settle on a single thing for the sake of the length of this email, she stated that it was "how much he appreciates things. He has so many neat ideas. He just walks you through all these different things and helps me see the world as a more beautiful place." A survey of random dancers returned similar results ranging from "He is happiness on the dance floor", "His smile.", "His commitment to beer and brisket making." The results were conclusively positive. Statistically speaking Mike's well rounded love of music and getting down on the dance floor would strongly suggest that this Tuesday at the Jam Cellar will be quite the place to be.

November 16th, the Craig Gildner Big Band ft. The Midiri Bros. A combination of the finest talent in the Washington DC area, the Craig Gildner Big Band brings together a strong rhythm section and vintage arrangements to create an ideal dance band while capturing the best of the era. Inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Harry James, this twelve-piece orchestra will definitely keep on your feet all night long. Excitingly, they'll also be joined by the fabulous Midiri Brothers on a myriad of instruments ranging from clarinet to xylophone.

The band loves playing for their hometown crowd so come out cut a hypothetical rug with us!

Wanna Volunteer? Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

October 14th, 2013

ephemeral immortality

This week DJ Jason Niez will be spinning jazz so hot you likely haven't even heard it yet. In the way that only an ardently deep v-necked, screen printed t-shirt can be complemented by an ambiguously colored corduroy blazer, the Jam Cellar's hipster in residence will be playing just what it takes to get you out on the floor and moving your body. This man in locally grown and bringing you old school tunes for some historically-accurate lindy hop, just like in the good old days. His authenticity will keep you cool and fighting the mainstream all night long until we retire for microbrews and artisanal ciders.

November 16th, the Craig Gildner Big Band ft. The Midiri Bros. A combination of the finest talent in the Washington DC area, the Craig Gildner Big Band brings together a strong rhythm section and vintage arrangements to create an ideal dance band while capturing the best of the era. Inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Harry James, this twelve-piece orchestra will definitely keep on your feet all night long. Excitingly, they'll also be joined by the fabulous Midiri Brothers on a myriad of instruments ranging from clarinet to xylophone.

The band loves playing for their hometown crowd so come out cut a hypothetical rug with us!

Wanna Volunteer? Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

October 7th, 2013

something clever.

With a dame like DJ Helene Horowitz hitting the swinging tunes on all six cylinders this tuesday down at the Jam Cellar promises to be positively copacetic. A mere six clams buys you young hoofers over two hotsy-totsy hours on the dance floor. On the up and up, this doll's the real deal and she'll make this tuesday evening the cat's pajamas. Wouldn't miss it for the world, would'ya?

November 16th, the Craig Gildner Big Band ft. The Midiri Bros. A combination of the finest talent in the Washington DC area, the Craig Gildner Big Band brings together a strong rhythm section and vintage arrangements to create an ideal dance band while capturing the best of the era. Inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Harry James, this twelve-piece orchestra will definitely keep on your feet all night long. Excitingly, they'll also be joined by the fabulous Midiri Brothers on a myriad of instruments ranging from clarinet to xylophone.

The band loves playing for their hometown crowd so come out cut a hypothetical rug with us!

Wanna Volunteer? Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com