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Sorry to say - no jam this week
Folks we are very sorry to have to tell you that we've decided to cancel this week's jam because of the rapidly spreading new COVID problem. We HATE to do this! If you've ever been there, you know how very much we love this jam. With enormous gratitude to the very good people at the Rambling House, it just seems too risky and not responsible to gather so many friends right at this point in this developing next wave. We want to do our part, however small, in interrupting the spread of this variant and getting our lives back.

We hope VERY much to do the September jam, and the September, October, and November live shows at the Clintonville Woman's Club and Valley Dale Ballroom.
We'll obviously be watching the situation and will keep you informed as things move forward. In the meantime, be kind, be safe, swing it hard, and please use a lot of backbeat!
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Next Open Community Jam + Dance
Wed Sept 8th, 8 til 11

Oct 13 and every 2nd Wednesday
As always 100% FREE and open to the public!
Come out to enjoy our next jam and dance at the Rambling House Music Bar, 310 E Hudson Street, Columbus. A fun, supportive environment with plenty of people there happy to share and help with tunes or dance steps. Come to play, come to dance, or just come to check it out! Thanks to our friends at SwingColumbus and CBal for helping out + joining in.

NEW PLAYERS, please don't hesitate to bring your instrument and join us right at the start for a low-pressure and learning-friendly first set. We'll start with easier songs backed with seasoned musicians to help you figure it out. We also will have a few legal fake books on hand. Hit up our Learn+Play It page for some tips on how this works, links to legal fake books and lead sheets, and more. Interested but not sure if it's for you? Watch videos of previous jams, how it works, + more info.

IMPORTANT COVID RELATED NOTE: Since this is an indoor event, we request that you please only attend if you are fully vaccinated.
While we won't check vaccination records at the door, we ask that you be respectful of folks who attend who are in vulnerable populations. We are also encouraging folks to check with your potential dance partners to ensure everyone's level of comfort.

  • Friday, Aug 13, 6-8:30 pm, SwingColumbus at Homestead Metro Park, 4675 Cosgray Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026.

    Come join us for another gathering this summer. Some low-key outdoor dancing and a chance for Columbus Lindy Hoppers to gather and dance. SwingColumbus DJs will be spinning the vintage tunes, and there is a wonderful shelter with a smooth concrete floor to dance in the summer breezes.

    Due to the changes in the public health advisory, and as many events and establishments have done in the past week, we are asking for this to be a vaccinated-only event. We will be reminding you of this as you enter the shelterhouse. Just as you have become accustomed to asking your potential dance partners if they wish to lead or follow, or if they dance Balboa, we are also encouraging folks to check with your dance partners, to confirm their vaccination status, to ensure your level of comfort.

    As previously, we will also have plenty of hand sanitizer around and encourage frequent use. We are doing our best to continue to reunite our community during this time, as well as keep everyone safe so that we can enjoy dancing with each and everyone of you.

    Come out, dance, say hello, or just soak in the swing music and the summer.
    Please be sure to bring plenty of water to keep you hydrated.

We've scheduled dates for our Fall shows aiming to get back to normal.
NOTE: All Fall shows are on a Sunday.
  •  Sept 19 - North Side Jazz Band  2 - 5 pm at Clintonville Woman's Club
  •  Oct 10 - Dave Greer's Classic Jazz Stompers  2 - 5 pm at Clintonville Woman's Club
Show Admission Prices are DOWN! $10 LESS for these 2 shows.

COHJS and SwingColumbus Members now $5 ... General Admission now $10
Music educators + music students FREE! All other students $5
NOTE: If you were a member in 2020, your membership has automatically been extended for 2021.
    1:30 - 6:30 pm at the fabulous historic Valley Dale Ballroom!
    Cake Walkin' Jass Band and more. Stay tuned for the full line up of great Hot Jazz bands...

We are excited to hold our flagship Fall Harvest event at the Valley Dale Ballroom - a venue that fits the music perfectly! Valley Dale is one of the nationally renowned Ballrooms of the “Big Band” era of the 30’s and 40’s. Many famous Big Bands and entertainers, including Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington,  Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and many more have appeared at Valley Dale. You won't want to miss hearing Hot Jazz in this fantastic setting!

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If you hear of any other / similar events which people would like to hear about please let us know - just reply to this email.

Listen ~ Dance ~ Play, live & local!

Keep safe ... keep in touch with friends ... keep the joy!


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And we're also grateful to the Columbus Foundation Community Arts Fund and the Ingram-White Castle Foundation for their generous support.

And we're also grateful to the Greater Columbus Arts Council for their generous support too!

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