Drop-in beginner swing lesson 7:30-8pm, dance 8-11pm, $15 at the door.
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The Smokin' Polecats are one of the best blues bands in the DC-metropolitan area—the years and depth of experience that Dave Sherman, Roger Edsall, Leigh Oben and Kevin Whisman share have afforded them that reputation. Their sound comes from the post-World War II ensemble sound of the Chicago masters like Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and Howlin' Wolf; the West Coast Jump/Swing sound of Tiny Grimes, Pee Wee Crayton, and T-Bone Walker; the Rockabilly sound of Carl Perkins and Johnny Burnette; and the Louisiana swamp blues of Slim Harpo. The Smokin' Polecats don't just play the songs by these artists, but have their own sound that consists of a blending of these influences. But together with the vocals of the incredible Marianna Previti, this band is designed for dancing.