Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines

Hosted by Karen and Michael

  • 7pm Main Room: Beg-Int Swing/Lindy Lessons with Karen and Michael
  • 7pm Back Studio:  West Coast Swing meets East Coast Swing dance lesson with Cheryl McBride
  • 8-11pm Live Show and Dance Party with Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines
  • DJ Michael Arntz
  • Doors Open at 6:30 pm.   $15
  • 1317 San Pablo Blvd., Berkeley, CA (corner of Gilman).  Parking at REI after 9pm.
  • Admission $15 includes lessons and party. Click Here to Buy Tickets

Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines

It’s time for the hottest Crescent City Soul, from New Orleans greats Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, and a host of other favorites, revitalized by pianist Macy Blackman and his hard-driving band the Mighty Fines. They also feature music from their new CD, “Friskin’ the Whiskers.” Originally from Delaware, Macy Blackman made his professional debut at the age of 12 and has played music most of his life, eventually moving to San Francisco. He put together the Mighty Fines in 2003. Relocated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs became the band’s baritone saxophonist. Nancy Wright sings and plays tenor sax (she’s worked with everyone from Elvin Bishop to B.B. King), alongside drummer Larry Vann (of Ron Thompson’s Resistors, and Elvin Bishop) and bassist Bing Nathan (Lavay Smith, Lost Weekend).

Website: http://www.lavaysmith.com


unnamedDance Instructor Cheryl McBride: Cheryl has been inspiring dancers to move their feet to the dancing beat for more than 30 years. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she has been dancing since she was a mere tyke. She is well known for teaching Cajun and Zydeco dancing which evolved in the Lafayette area of Louisiana. Her love of Swing dancing is inspired by the likes of Frankie Manning and she is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm through swing, lindy hop, charleston and balboa. In private lessons her repertoire also includes basic west coast swing, salsa, tango, waltz and more. The emphasis is on body language, comfort and fun. Yay for dancing!


17780003-version-3Dance Instructor Karen Lile: Karen began teaching in 2006. She considers teaching as an opportunity to share her love of dance and to unlock each student’s potential for enjoyment and mastery. She helps students discover the dancer inside of themselves and feel comfortable on the dance floor. Karen has studied dance with enthusiasm for many years. These studies have included university level dance classes, teacher college certification and travel around the world to study with various teachers. Website: http://www.karenandmichael.info


_mg_0602a-2ndcrop-iii-220Dance Instructor Michael Arntz: Michael began teaching with Karen in 2007. Michael Arntz combines his years of experience as a musician with his training as a professional dance teacher to help students learn how to dance to the music with skill and ease. His patience and expertise help students feel comfortable about learning to dance for the first time. He is also a DJ for private events, and plays the music between the band’s sets when there are live shows.