Chicago Balboa Underground
Dance the night away to LIVE MUSIC by fellow balboa dancer, Patrick Brenner's band The Westerlees. Bring your sweetie, your best friend, or just you, no partner necessary! Just be there!
All swing dancers are welcome!!!! Wood floor. Cozy venue. Good food available for purchase. Cash bar. $15 includes the lesson. ($10 students)
8:00-9:00 Balboa Lesson
9:00-Midnight Live music by the Westerlees with dj-ed band breaks
The Westerlees are like old-fashioned, country-baked pie. They don’t make them much like that anymore, but every time you taste one you wonder why not. You can hear them playing often for our swing dancing neighbors to the north around Milwaukee and Kenosha. Steel Guitar, Fiddle, Piano and Clarinet, and the occasional Tap Dancer all come together to deliver wholesome (and perhaps more often, daringly tart) tunes from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
The band was founded in 2014 by singer and steel guitarist, Patrick Brenner. The vintage female vocals of percussionist, Gina DeGregorio, also contribute to the group's antique sound. The band also includes Guitarist Wes Altice, Eli Broxham on Upright Bass, Shawn Drake on Fiddle, Jerry Kaye on Sax and Clarinet, and a rotating cast of other soloists and vocalists, each bringing their own expertise and personality to the delectably nostalgic sound and performance of the Westerlees.