Live Band: Megan and Her Goody Goodies
Born from a love of vintage jazz and Lindy Hop, Megan and her Goody Goodies make it their goal to keep the dance floor swinging all night long. Founded in the summer of 2016 and inspired by vintage swing from the late ’30s and early ’40s, the Goody Goodies are a Southeast-based band catering to the Lindy Hop and Blues community.
Led by vocalist and bandleader Megan Lange, the band seeks to bring an authentic vintage sound to the modern day audience. Finding inspiration in the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Julia Lee, Anita O’Day, and Bessie Smith and featuring a solid, driving rhythm section, the Goody Goodies capture the sound of a bygone era.
With over 15 years of experience as a Swing DJ, Mark Calkins strives to provide the best virtuosos and deep-cut selections to enable the dancers on the dance floor. In his home scene in Columbus, Ohio he continues to serve as a scene builder and helps to manage hallmark dance events like Rocktober Intensive Lindy Weekend. Mark considers the Dayton Swing Smackdown event as a homecoming for many Midwest dancers as it fosters camaraderie through friendly competition and rivalry alike, all the while getting dancers to strive for excellence as they explore many aspects of the dance. He’s excited for the next chapter of his life as “Master Diaper-Duty DJ” as he and his wife Binaebi are expecting “Chalupa” to arrive in April!
Josh Forbes is being brought back as a DJ once again for the “Late Late Night” Dance Party on Saturday. It’s 3 am at Smackdown and you’ve been dancing non-stop for hours and you’re having a great time with your favorite people dancing the night away. This is about the time when you get a little slap happy and you’re in the mood to just have a great time. Josh will inject energy into the dance floor mixing blues, swing, soul, and funk from old-school and current music to make it literally impossible to leave the floor. You’ll both thank and curse him for it on Sunday!
Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky: Emily Schuhmann’s been inspiring dancers to find their personal voice and connection with both partner and music since 2006. She loves a good mix of tunes tailored to the event and the dancers from Lindy to Balboa, Charleston, and maybe even a spice of Trad-jazz or jug. Her recent obsessions include Larry Clinton, Mary Lou Williams, and sextets or other small ensemble recordings of some of the big band favorites. Her DJ CV includes a number of events from national to regional like Great Lakes Balboa Escape, Swing IN, Dayton Smackdown, Whistle Stop, KLX, School of Hard Knox, CBus and many others. As a DJ Emily focuses on music that is playful, spirited, intelligent, and conversational. She’s been absolutely enthralled with vintage music, dance and fashion since the early 2000’s and brings that love to her song selections. You’ll find her infectious smile and love of dance coming across on the floor and infusing a spirited bounce to the music you’ll enjoy when she’s in the DJ booth!
Aliceann has been playing music since she was 6 and partner dancing since she was since she was 9. Swing and blues music speak to her both on and off the dance floor. Believing the music is what drives these dances, she continues to dive into the history of vintage jazz and blues and collect new music that inspires dancers to move.
Aliceann dances and DJs both in her home scene of Knoxville and at events across the Southeast and Midwest. Also in Knoxville, she coaches and choreographs for 2 dance teams, coordinates the blues scene, teaches and DJs for the Knoxville Swing Dance Association, and hosts other dance events around town.
Kemper Talley started DJing in the US after cutting his teeth at Herrang Dance Camp. Since then, he’s been an active DJ in the Southeast and Midwest. Locally, Kemper served as the head DJ for the Knoxville Swing Dance Association and currently serves as the KSDA President. Kemper favors music with authentic, historic roots in the Swing Era. He takes music seriously and is always willing to join a jam or discuss the history and development of music. Outside of DJing, he enjoys playing in swing bands as well as teaching local and regional dancers more about Lindy Hop and Balboa.