Music

Live band #1: Professor Cunningham and His Old School (New York)

Yes, we heard you – and we will finally bring you a real swingin’ swing band this year…
We chose the winner of countless international Swing band competitions (such as the World Jam, Madrid and Harlem, Vilnius):  Professor Cunningham and His Oldschool!
They come as a quintet and play the ballroom 3 nights in a row for you lucky dancers…

Live band #2: The Musicomaniacs (Berlin) 

You might have heard them at Berlin Balboa Weekend – if not you will be lucky enough to dance to their John Kirby tunes at the Castle! Check them out here and listen here.

Live band #3: Leonie Evans & band (UK, USA, GER

There will be a third live band at the castle this year – a very much B floor fitting one: An Allstar band lead by Leonie Evans (UK) whose most magnificent voice will delight you for the end of the camp. She will bring musician friends from all over the world to the Castle – amongst them Craig Judelman (fiddle) who changed New Orleans for Berlin – lucky us! You might remember him from playing with Die Abrissbirnen last year…

Listen here and check out the vibe of the B floor here.

Canned music

 

 Main DJ: Superheidi

Let’s keep it short & sweet: I’m here for all your swingin’ pleasure, to make you sweat, put that happy grin on your face and not allowing your feet a rest. If you heard my tunes at my stompin ground in the Netherlands or elsewhere (like Snowball, Lindy Shock, Herräng, All Balboa Weekend, Berlin/Hamburg/Barcelona Balboa Weekend, Studio Hop Summer Camp, Frim Fram Jam, Smokey Feet, Harbour Hop) you know I’m having all the fun in DJing for balboa, lindy hop and some blues. My music tastes are pretty broad (try me!), but tell you what, the faster tunes of the 1930s are really exciting!

 

Staff DJs

With the DJs we are striving for the same thing as with the live bands: Besides your well known Balboa DJs that you hear at other major festivals for a good reason, we believe in expanding musical horizons by exposing you to DJs you might not normally hear. We will keep the experiments to the B floor and the early morning hours so that you can have your dose of neat Balboa dancing each night – but we encourage everybody to check out what other forms of music than just Big band swing has to offer to your ears and feet…
If you feel like contributing to that: Please let Heidi know!

Mosquito Hopkins

Sir Mosquito Hopkins will start off your Balboa heaven with an all-nighter the day you arrive at the castle – what better initiation could you imagine…?
For those who don’t know Mr. Hopkins, his shellac selection, his equalizers and his rhythmical and stylistic aplomb yet – this night alone is worth booking one of the last remaining tickets!

Frida

A ‘lost daughter’ of the Berlin swing scene, but one of the most active swing DJ’s in Stockholm and a popular house DJ of their renowned Chicago Swing Dance Studio. Since a couple of years back she’s been playing regularly at Herräng Dance Camp, often in charge of musical theme nights tributing various genres and styles within jazz.
Frida discovered jazz in her early teens– way before she even knew the words Lindy hop– a passion that definitely has given color and range to her library and choice of tunes. She’s quite turned off by the snappy potato hits but she can’t get enough of that notorious bebop swing and those magnificent big bands of Harlem prime time.

Andi (aka Mono Michalke)

Born in Hamburg, self-taught artist Andreas Michalke published his first illustrations in the hardcore magazines Trust and Zap in the late 1980s. Playing in a band himself, he combined his two activities by making flyers and posters for other bands…
Andreas Michalke has been collecting records since 1980 and has DJd for 20 years. In the past years particularly for Swing dancers, amongst others at Herräng Dance Camp. He will bring a beautiful collection of 78s to the castle, but he especially likes 45s – those small vinyl records. Just because they leave no space for bullshit: All killer – no filler.

Chris

From swing to blues, from Jelly Roll Morton to Tuba Skinny. For several years DJ Chris Wild plays tunes for dancers, always on the lookout for the most danceable songs.
You can find him on various dance floors in and out of his hometown Berlin, where he is considered as one of the most popular Swing DJs.
He loves to play a wide range of music, from the classics to contemporary bands and to the fringe of swing music. His goal is to make dancers to enjoy themselves and the music, play with different styles and attitudes, energy levels and go crazy once in a while.

Christoph (a.k.a. Rug Cutter)

Based as a contemporary artist in Vienna, teaching sound, montage and visual culture at the university of fine arts, Christoph started his Dj career on the jazzy side of R&B and Northern Soul. Since more than ten years, after diving into the swing scene, his special Dj interests are in uptempo Swing sometimes with a pinch of freaky jivin´ Bebop. He defines his Dj Sets as a kind of montage, to create various moments of rhythm, tension and pulsation for the dancing crowd. He is the founder of Vienna´s Balboa Jazz Bash and has been dj-ing at London Balboa Exchange, Studio Hop Summer Camp, Balboa Dayz, Berlin Balboa Weekend and last year´s Castle Camp.

Marijke

Internatianal Dj of swing music. Choreographer, dance teacher, organizer of swing events.
‘It makes me happy to see dancers swingin on the tunes that I play.’