SFLX Music Policy

We will have a diverse selection of music at SFLX 2009.

We have reviewed the notes and survey responses from 2008, and have come up with a list of music guidelines for the 2009 event.


(Many of the chosen examples are intentionally those that many would consider "overplayed" because it's likely most dancers have heard of them).
Lindy: Classic
Generally pre-WWII music, often characterized by an even backbeat. Offers a consistent driving rhythm, and can include a variety of tempos. Examples: "Boogie Woogie I May Be Wrong" by Count Basie, and other recordings from Count Basie's Decca years, "Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop" and "Flying Home" by Lionel Hampton, "Lindy Hopper's Delight" by Chick Webb, "Christopher Columbus" by Benny Goodman, "Oh! Lady Be Good" by Artie Shaw, "Drop Me Off In Harlem" by Duke Ellington.

Lindy: Groove
The style of music that made the SF Lindy scene famous. It is generally from the post-WWII era, and is characterized by both up and medium tempos that often include syncopations and significant tempo and rhythm changes within a single song (in contrast to classic swing, which is characterized by an even, metronomic backbeat). Examples: "Rockhouse" by Ray Charles, "Lavender Coffin" by Lionel Hampton, "Golden Earrings" by Ray Bryant, "The Vibrator" by "Brother" Jack McDuff, "For Dancers Only" by Junior Mance, "Smack Dab In The Middle" by Gene Harris & Jack McDuff, "Going To Chicago" by Ernestine Anderson, and "Hard Times" by Ray Charles and Houston Person

Classic and contemporary blues, as well as jazz and ballads that are popular in the blues scene. Examples: "Come On In My Kitchen" by Robert Johnson , "I Live The Life I Love" by Buddy Guy, "The Thrill Is Gone" by B.B. King, "Boom Boom" by John Lee Hooker, "Black and Tan Fantasy" by Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, "St. James Infirmary" by Lou Rawls, "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone and "Dr. Feelgood" by Kim Massie. For SFLX, "blues music" will not include hiphop, triphop, soul, pop or fusion.


Here is our planned schedule for when/where you'll hear each style of music:

Main Room Side Room
8p-9p Lindy: Groove + Classic
9p-12a Band + DJ: Groove + Classic
12a-1:30a Lindy: Classic Lindy: Groove
1:30a-2:45a Band: Lindy/Blues Lindy: Classic
2:45a-5a Lindy: Groove Blues
Day (1p-5p) Lindy: Groove + Classic + Jump Blues
8:30p-12:30a Band + DJ: Groove + Classic
12:30a-1a Lindy: Classic Lindy: Groove
1a-1:45a Band: Lindy Blues (uptempo)
1:45a-2:30a Lindy: Groove + Classic Band: Blues
2:30a-3:15a Band: Lindy Blues
3:15a-4a Lindy: Groove Band: Blues
4a-5:30a Lindy: Groove Blues
Day (11a-3p) Lindy In The Park Music
Playful all-tempos all-styles SF music with a healthy dose of classic
8p-9p Lindy: Groove + Classic
9p-12a Band + DJ: Classic + some Groove
12a-2a Lindy: Groove + Classic
2a-3a Lindy: Groove + some Classic
3a-5a Lindy: Groove
5a-6a Groove + Blues

These are musical guidelines, with the music choices ultimately being left up to the DJs. This schedule exists to give an idea of what can be expected musically at the exchange hour by hour. There will be a specific DJ schedule at a later point.

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