Exchanges aren’t my top events during the year to attend but DCLX had a line-up this year that you couldn’t just walk away from. There were five hot bands playing five dances with a double-hitter for the Saturday main dance. The New Orleans Jazz Vipers on Friday night with Gordon Webster’s band playing the late night; The New Orleans Jazz Vipers opposite the Blue Crescent Septet at Glen Echo Saturday night with the Cangelosi Cards playing late night; and the Boilermakers wrapping up Sunday night.
I took the bus down from NYC Friday evening after work and met up with Lily (who was my lovely host for the weekend). We got ready for the dance and headed down to Glen Echo’s bumper car pavilion for the New Orleans Jazz Vipers. Glen Echo is a wonderful representation of art deco architecture and while we weren’t in the wonderful Spanish Ballroom until Saturday night, the atmosphere is still great. The dance was packed with barely enough room to swing out even when the band pitched the tempo really high.