There’s a new sound in the underground and it’s taking foothold in Eugene. The sound is called electro swing, or e-swing, a blending of modern techno, bass and house music with vintage jazz and swing music of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. For Eugene’s plentiful, dance-hungry audiences, this combo is a no-brainer.
Kyle Marx of Eugene-based Every Element Productions says people who might not normally like electronic music enjoy e-swing. “Electro swing is a genre combining the influence and energy of classic swing with contemporary EDM, house and hip-hop production techniques,” Marx tells EW via email.
On April 11, Seattle’s Good Co., known as the nation’s first e-swing band, takes the stage at WOW Hall as part of an event dubbed The Super Intergalactic Electro Swing Spectacular. Joining them will be Eugene-based e-swing collective High Step Society in their debut performance.
Marx says the evening will start with a free swing dance class at 8 pm put on by Track Town Swing Dance Club, followed by e-swing DJs Nordic and UltraMafic, featuring Connor J.
“Then the two live ensembles will take it to the next level with live horn sections, sultry singers and energetic dance beats that capture the excitement of the jazz age and rocket launch it a century into the future,” Marx says.
Go back to the future with The Super Intergalactic Electro Swing Spectacular 9 pm Saturday, April 11, at WOW Hall; $12 adv., $15 door.