Friday, February 5, 2016

Everybody from miles around are here in town, to break 'em down

Caravan Palace & Swing

French electro-swing masters, Caravan Palace, topped the charts in Europe in 2009 with their album Caravan Palace for 68 straight weeks. Alas, it was only a matter of time before their music captivated lower-body-dancing Lindy-Hop-loving Americans.

Musical historians, like Caravan Palace, take us back to the origins of swing music – Harlem in the 1930s. African Americans, with knocking ankles and twisting torsos, flung dance partners over their lower backs and hips in attics and smokey underground music venues. What began as improvisation turned into a new contagion of expression called “swing.”  Originally referred to simply as “the jitterbug,” swing music took hold of Harlem in the 30’s and exploded. Now, it has resurfaced in millennials that revel in music’s gift of time travel.

Moral of the story? Listen to Caravan Palace and dance the colors of the wind. Your free-style dancing in the attic, with equally liberated pals, could change the music of a century.

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