Upcoming Events

We hold several monthly events – Blues Lab, a monthly Potluck, and a monthly Social. Several times throughout the month we will also share relevant events held by other blues dance communities or opportunities to go out and enjoy the rich and diverse local live blues scene here in San Diego. Even though we do not host these other events, we highly encourage you to take advantage of them, as you don’t know what it truly means to dance the blues until you’ve experienced the live music scene.

Blues Dance Community Potluck - 01/13/2018

Blues Dance Community Potluck - 01/13/2018

Jan 13, 12:00pm - Jan 13, 3:00pm

Balboa Park Boulevard and Presidents Way Lawn
San Diego, CA  92101 Map

We want to create more opportunities to socialise and meet people outside of just paid lessons, workshops, and dances.

So, this is the monthly community potluck! We don't have a fixed schedule, but expect it to be during the day, mid-month on a weekend.

This month's discussion - continued from last month: Engaging with the culture: What is the Blues as a culture? How do the Blues and Black culture relate? How do we engage with it in our personal lives and within the community?

*Please bring a beverage or dish to share.* The Beehive will be the default fallback, but it is our hope that over time we can find different community members to help host, at a public venue (like a park!) when the weather is nice, or community homes otherwise.

These are also intended to be educational events. We will play blues music documentaries, films on Black history and culture, round table discussions on the community, share snippets from current reading, or bring up ideas for our community.

This is designed to help our community increase the understanding of where this music and dance comes from and its significance in a culture that isn't necessarily our own.

Come socialise, ask questions, get to know us. Feel free to invite new friends!

#blues #potluck #food #community
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Blue Note - 01/27/2018 (Elizabeths Birthday!)

Blue Note - 01/27/2018 (Elizabeth's Birthday!)

Jan 27, 8:00pm - Jan 28, 12:00am

Blue Note
Party Fitness Zumba Studio, 4659 Mission Gorge Pl, Suite B
San Diego, CA  92120 Map

Welcome to Blue Note, San Diego's monthly pure blues social dance! Be sure to "Like" our page and "Follow" us for updates, events, music, and videos!

BLUES MUSICIANS: A reminder that all Blue Note hosted events (lessons, workshops, socials, lectures) are 100% free for BLUES musicians, in order to promote a better understanding of blues music, history, and culture among dancers!

All ages welcome.

As our community matures in the blues, let's dig in deeper into the roots of these dances and learn individual idiom dances. As you know, blues is a family of dances that developed alongside blues music in different regions of the US, in tempos ranging from slow to highly energetic and upbeat.

This month, we'll focus on the smoother, travelling "ballroomin'" blues idiom dances - such as blues walks and the Savoy Walk - and focus on jazzier blues music played by Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, Dr. Michael White, as well as the classic female blues of Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, etc.

DETAILS:

- Lesson: 8:00pm till 9:00pm • $5
- Dancing: 9:00pm till midnight • $8 regular / $6 full-time students (with valid ID)
- Cash preferred. $1 fee (per person) for credit cards

If you enjoy dancing the blues or would like to learn more about it, please join us!

DJs:

TBA

We are looking for more DJs! Please look over the requirements at bluenotesd.com/music/djs/ and apply!

LESSONS:

Each month we usually focus on a different idiom dance or musical style. This month will be some of the idiom dances that fall under the "ballroomin'" umbrella. These are still a range of tempos and styles, but they inspire movement across the floor. Learn the different types of pulse, and break out of "slow lindy" or "slow balboa" patterns, be comfortable travelling in close embrace, leading and following continues spins, turns, and travelling movements back into close embrace without losing your blues aesthetic, and using momentum with lag.

Please invite your friends and join us at 8 pm! Each month we will tie the lesson topics for First Monday Blues Lab, the blues room at The Firehouse Swing Dance, and Blue Note together, so it is in your best interest to attend them all, though drop-ins are always welcome.

LOCATION:

Party Fitness Studio is located just minutes from the I-8 freeway and San Diego State University.

As usual, we ask that you respect the space. Please make sure your shoes are non-marking and CLEAN so that you do not bring in debris from outside and mark the lovely floors! No spiked/narrow heels, please. Also, there is no food allowed inside, but we will set up our snacks and water station just outside the door so that you can cool off while you refuel.

ETIQUETTE / CODE OF CONDUCT

bluenotesd.com/etiquette/

In order to ensure that this event is safe, comfortable, and fun for everybody, please take a moment to read our etiquette page. By attending the dance, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by our Code of Conduct and Grievance Policy.

HELP OUT:

#Staffing, #DJing, and #volunteering opportunities are available. All staff and DJs will be paid, as we believe that you should be compensated for your work. All volunteers will receive free admission to the dance with one hour of work. For more information, please visit BlueNoteSD.com/ and email (staff/volunteers) or apply *after* reading the requirements.

ABOUT:

Blue Note is the brainchild of JukeJoint.ninja (Elizabeth Lynn Rakphongphairoj Kilrain) and friends. Our vision is to offer consistent venues and events for the exploration and development of the blues vernacular dances in San Diego. As the name implies, our focus is on the 100+ years of rich and living history of blues music and dancing, and that is the type of music and dancing that we offer.

Many existing venues in San Diego offer other dances alongside the blues. We enjoy many of those dances as well, and we offer a flier exchange to help you discover them. However, we believe that to really grow in understanding of a subject, you have to spend time immersed it. Blue Note’s mission is to explore, celebrate, and grow the blues dance community through musical immersion, classes, social dancing, and competition. Here at Blue Note, we are passionate about the blues and truly believe you will love it as well.

#bluenotesocial #blues #bluesdance #bluesdancing #dance #dancing #partnerdance #partnerdancing #socialdance #socialdancing #SanDiego
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First Monday Blues Lab - 02/5/2018

First Monday Blues Lab - 02/5/2018

Feb 5, 7:30pm - Feb 5, 10:00pm

The Beehive
9495 Loren Drive
La Mesa, CA  91942 Map

The theme for February's Blues Lab is back to basics: pulse. We will explore a few vocabulary blues dances and where the pulse gets expressed in that dance - vertically? laterally? in the chest? hips?

Since this is a practice space, please try to arrive on time, especially to the lesson, and remember to come with a mindset of learning and practice!

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The Blues Lab is held monthly on the first Monday of the month.

$5 donation or potluck beverages/snacks.

Please help protect the floors! Any shoes worn must be CLEAN dance shoes or non-marking street shoes with CLEAN soles. You may also wear socks, lyrical sandals, paws, or go barefoot. Thanks!

The next Blues Lab will be on Monday, 5 March 2018.

FORMAT:
- 7:30pm-8:15pm: lesson with practice
- 8:15pm: announcements and introductions
- 8:20pm-10:00pm: open practice. Feel free to continue working on the mini-lesson idea or something else. Rotate or stay with the same partner as you prefer. Decide who will receive feedback first.

WHAT IS IT?
The Blues Lab is an informal practice session and will be run in a way similar to a guided tango practica. Each evening will begin with a lesson (30-45 minutes) that features a breakdown of a movement or concept with practice and rotations (in the case of partnered movements).

The purpose of the Blues Lab is to encourage growth in our dancing and community by deepening and broadening our understanding of blues movement and music and how to connect with one another through exchanging ideas and conscious practice. The music played will be pure blues and blues-adjacent genres (such as New Orleans jazz, blues-gospel, and blues-soul) that inspire blues dancing.

GUIDANCE
You can receive guidance directly from the lesson, the TAs (who will introduce themselves at the beginning as well as during announcements), or from one another. We encourage you to reach out to us and each other for assistance.

GUIDELINES
- Before dancing with each new partner, inform him/her if you are working on something specific so s/he can pay attention to it as you dance.
- Only one person should receive feedback at a time. This allows that person to just dance and not have to analyze their partner’s dancing. Switch at the next song if the other person requires feedback as well.
- If you are uncomfortable with feedback from a certain person, inform them before you begin dancing. Please respect your partner’s wishes not to be critiqued by you.
- Respect the purpose of the Blues Lab and the dancers. If you are not here to practice, please do not take up the time and space of those who are.
- Constructive feedback is strongly encouraged. If something feels uncomfortable or hurts, please speak up! By the same token, please be respectful and refrain from speaking negatively of the person.
- Please do not dominate your partner. Even if you consider yourself a more advanced dancer and were asked to provide the majority of the feedback, ask relevant questions to understand where your partner is coming from and help guide them through the movements rather than continually criticizing them.
- Nobody is above improvement! Even if you are an accomplished dancer, you may still have something that needs work, or you may not be as well-versed in blues as you are in other dances. Please take all constructive criticism with an open mind!

BlueNoteSD.com/events/first-monday-blues-lab/

#blueslab #dance #blues #partnerdance #partnerdancing #bluesdance #bluesdancing #socialdance #socialdancing #Blackdance
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Blues Dance Community Potluck - 02/10/2018

Blues Dance Community Potluck - 02/10/2018

Feb 10, 12:00pm - Feb 10, 3:00pm

We want to create more opportunities to socialise and meet people outside of just paid lessons, workshops, and dances.

So, this is the monthly community potluck! We don't have a fixed schedule, but expect it to be during the day, mid-month on a weekend.

This month's discussion: TBA - go ahead and suggest something!

*Please bring a beverage or dish to share.* The Beehive will be the default fallback, but it is our hope that over time we can find different community members to help host, at a public venue (like a park!) when the weather is nice, or community homes otherwise.

These are also intended to be educational events. We will play blues music documentaries, films on Black history and culture, round table discussions on the community, share snippets from current reading, or bring up ideas for our community.

This is designed to help our community increase the understanding of where this music and dance comes from and its significance in a culture that isn't necessarily our own.

Come socialise, ask questions, get to know us. Feel free to invite new friends!

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Blue Note 2nd Anniversary Party with Fuzzy Rankins - 3/24/2018

Blue Note 2nd Anniversary Party with Fuzzy Rankins - 3/24/2018

Mar 24, 8:00pm - Mar 25, 12:00am

Blue Note
Party Fitness Zumba Studio, 4659 Mission Gorge Pl, Suite B
San Diego, CA  92120 Map

We’re having a live music fundraiser party to celebrate Blue Note’s 2nd Anniversary, featuring San Diego representatives to the 2018 International Blues Challenge, Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins and the Blues Band, with proceeds benefiting the Stephen Pierce Foundation!

Ticketing is LIVE! Read below.

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Welcome to Blue Note, San Diego's monthly pure blues social dance! Be sure to "Like" our page and "Follow" us for updates, events, music, and videos!

Always 100% FREE for BLUES musicians, in order to promote a better understanding of the history and culture of the blues amongst dancers. All ages welcome.

TICKETS:

Presale is open until Friday, March 16th. Optionally, add on the 1-hour lesson for $5. Save $5 by buying your tickets early!

Buy Tickets: bluenotesd.com/store/special-events/2nd-anniversary-fundraiser-party-fuzzy-rankins-blues-band/

Tell your friends - tell everybody!

Don't want to pay credit card fees?
- You can pay Elizabeth or Christopher in cash, or
- Venmo to venmo.com/theophila with your name(s) (first and last) and the ticket you're purchasing (lesson + dance or dance-only)

DETAILS:

- Lesson: 8:00pm till 9:00pm • $5
- Live Music: 9:00pm till midnight • $20 regular / $15 presale or full-time students (with valid ID)
- Cash preferred at the door. $1 fee (per person) for credit cards

Band Break DJ: Elizabeth Lynn Rakphongphairoj Kilrain

If you enjoy dancing the blues or would like to learn more about it, please join us! Or, if you're simply a lover of good music, come out!

FOOD / BEVERAGES:

Tables are unreserved.

Light appetizers (veggies, dip, cheeses, meats) and water will be provided, and sodas will be available for sale as well as limited beer and wine.

LESSONS:

A 1-hour lesson will be offered at 8pm, before the live music begins. Lesson topics are always all-levels and feature rotating topics that introduce not just the movements but help you understand the music and the context as well.

Please invite your friends and join us at 8pm! Each month we will tie the lesson topics for First Monday Blues Lab and Blue Note together, so it is in your best interest to attend them all, though drop-ins are always welcome.

ABOUT FUZZY RANKINS:

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins spent the majority of his childhood in Wilmington, Delaware, where, through his church, he was first introduced to singing and playing musical instruments. He has the opportunity to play with gospel groups, such as the Gospel Ambassadors and the Shield Brothers. Fuzzy moved to York, Pennsylvania, and continued playing at the church and touring with gospel groups. At the age of 16, he performed in shows with Shirley Caesar, Al Green, Five Blind Boys, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Gospel Keynotes, James Cleveland and others.

At the age of 19, Fuzzy formed his own gospel group called God’s Angels based in York Pennsylvania, recording, traveling and performing on the East Coast. He expanded his music and organized an R&B group called the 14 Karat Band that toured and performed with major R&B artists, such as Tone Tone, Roy Clark, Basic Black, Patty Labelle and Gerald Levert.

Fuzzy moved to California in 1990 to further pursue his musical career. He met blues and jazz performer Fro Brigham (formerly associated with Louis Armstrong). Fuzzy began playing guitar with Fro’s group and discovered the diversity of the blues. In 1992, he formed his own blues band, Fuzzy and the Bluesmen, which became very popular in the Southern California area. In 1993, Fuzzy and the Bluesmen was presented with the Jim Croce Blues Award. That same year, they received the “Best Blues” music award. Fuzzy and the Bluesmen made several television appearances, including the Jerry Lewis Telethon show. The group has been featured at the Orange County/Newport Beach Blues Festival (1996), and many other blues festivals, and performed with blues legends B.B. King, Etta James, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown as well as artists Luther Ingraham, Bobby Womack, Zapp and Roger – and the list goes on.

Fuzzy’s first blues CD, Not Gonna Work This Time, was released in 1993. Good Lovin’ followed and, like his first CD, several tracks received airplay on San Diego radio stations (KIFM “Smooth Jazz“ 98.1, KSDS 88.3, KUPR and “Jammin’ Z90″. 16 of the 17 songs on the CD were written, produced and arranged by Fuzzy, who is adept at playing not only the guitar but also bass, keyboards and drums. The band provided backup on 7 tracks.

Fuzzy was the featured artist at a special dedication to T-Bone Walker by renowned international artist John DeMarco. In 1999, Fuzzy was lead guitarist and a stand-in for three of the male lead roles in the award-winning musical production It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues written and produced by the late actor/vocalist Ron Taylor. The play debuted at the Lyceum Theatre (San Diego Repertory Theatre) and was broadcast on television stations throughout Southern California. Ultimately, the cast played to audiences in playhouses across the U.S., including on Broadway and in Europe.

Fuzzy has studied and listened to all styles of music, but the style and music of jazz artists George Benson, Earl Klugh, Lee Rittenauer and Al DiMeola were especially influential. Jazz CD Stirring Up TheMix was released under his given name, Lenny Rankins, and featured 10 original compositions written and produced by him. The music was in airplay rotation on KIFM “Smooth Jazz” 98.1, Jazz 88.3, KJJZ and others. Shortly after release, Stirring Up The Mix was nominated in the Best Jazz Album category at the San Diego Music Awards. Lenny and his band performed various songs from Stirring Up The Mix at 4th & B when he opened for saxophonist Alfonso Blackwell at his concert appearance in San Diego. Lenny, a frequent featured performer at KIFM events, was a featured artist at many of the KIFM Smooth Jazz Festivals.

Fuzzy has played backup guitar and helped many artists throughout his career, such as Ike Turner, Jeanette Harris, Mindy Abair, Wayne Holmes (George Duke’s engineer), saxophonist George Howard, pop artist Jewel and gospel artist Tonex. Fuzzy continues to do session work with various artists in the studio. Fuzzy also did session work with producer David Kershenbaum for the Color Me Badd album featuring Peabo Bryson, Al Green, Montel Jordan and others.

In Spring 2007, Fuzzy was featured and received Grammy recognition on Ike Turner’s Grammy award winning Best Traditional Blues recording Risin’ With The Blues. Fuzzy plays lead guitar on the track Ike named JazzyFuzzy.

Fuzzy is also a talented producer. He has played guitar, done voiceover work, provided sound effects and composed and produced music on video games, such as Ready to Rumble, Spy Hunter, Fireblade, Freaky Flyers, Hydro Thunder and Gravity Games.

Lenny has been an endorsed artist of Connolly and Co., a leading U.S. distributor and partner of Thomastik-Infeld, since April 2002. Connolly exclusively imports and distributes Thomastik-Infeld’s highly acclaimed line of strings and accessories for bowed and fretted instruments (www.connollyandco.com). The company has expanded its website to include professional information in support of its endorsed artists.

In 2002, Lenny expanded his production company and formed MoonCook Productions with his business manager, Cheryl Peters. 10 artists (R&B, jazz, blues, hip-hop, rap and gospel) were under contract and worked on their individual solo projects, all produced by Fuzzy. A compilation CD featuring all 10 artists was showcased and released in December 2003. In addition to composing and producing their albums, Fuzzy produced music videos for each of the artists that were aired nationwide on Rhythms music video show.

Lenny “Fuzzy” Rankins is a dynamic stage presence who captures audiences of all ages. His musical talent has gained him the recognition and respect of fellow musicians and his fans.

ABOUT THE STEPHEN PIERCE FOUNDATION:

thestephenpiercefoundation.org/

The Stephen Pierce Foundation is a non profit California corporation which is committed to improving and providing education opportunities for financially underprivileged youth. The Stephen Pierce Foundation is dedicated to opening the door of opportunity for financially underprivileged youth by mentoring student-athletes, and providing scholarships to deserving students.

Mission
The mission of The Mentorship Program for Student Athletes is to provide support to underprivileged student-athletes who are attending inner city schools. Our focus is to mentor student-athletes who are transitioning from high school to college level sports, as well as provide mentorship to workshop participants during their college years.

Objective
The Stephen Pierce Foundation shall provide effective mentorship to high school student-athletes. The mentorship program is commitment is to develop success beyond the student-athletes’ “playing years.”

At the Helm
…of The Stephen Pierce Foundation is Stephen Pierce, a dedicated and tireless mentor, philanthropist, and businessman. A San Diego native and former wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, “Steve” Pierce holds a degree in political science from the University of Illinois and is the current President of the NFL Retired Players Association.

Since 1998, Steve has promoted, produced, and marketed the NFL Pro-Bowl and Superbowl galas and the NFL Retired Players convention. Steve’s event planning talents make him the natural choice to raise funds to meet the Foundation’s goals, through events such as The California Classic Challenge.

The California Classic Challenge is a three day event designed to raise funds for the scholarship and mentorship programs described herein. The California Classic Challenge consists of a parade, a VIP reception, a drumline and step show, a celebrity golf tournament, and a rousing football game featuring two historically black colleges. The California Classic Challenge will be held in San Diego, California, in its first year. In years two and three, the Classic will also be held in other profitable venues, including Las Vegas, Nevada.

Steve is very active in youth and community events. Steve learned to “give back” to the less fortunate from his parents, who were actively involved in, and financially supported, youth, education, and community activities. Steve developed The Stephen Pierce Foundation as an avenue to continue this long standing family tradition of youth and community involvement. Steve resides in San Diego with his wife and two children.

LOCATION:

Party Fitness Studio is located just minutes from the I-8 freeway and San Diego State University.

As usual, we ask that you respect the space. Please make sure your shoes are non-marking and CLEAN so that you do not bring in debris from outside and mark the lovely floors! No spiked/narrow heels, please. Also, there is no food allowed inside, but we will set up our snacks and water station just outside the door so that you can cool off while you refuel.

ETIQUETTE / CODE OF CONDUCT:

bluenotesd.com/conduct/

In order to ensure that this event is safe, comfortable, and fun for everybody, please take a moment to read our etiquette page. By attending any Blue Note event, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by our Code of Conduct / Grievance Policy.

HELP OUT:

#Staffing, #DJing, and #volunteering opportunities are available. All staff and DJs will be paid, as we believe that you should be compensated for your work. All volunteers will receive free admission to the dance with one hour of work. For more information, please visit BlueNoteSD.com/ and email (staff/volunteers) or apply *after* reading the requirements.

ABOUT:

Blue Note is the brainchild of JukeJoint.ninja (Elizabeth Lynn Rakphongphairoj Kilrain) and friends. Our vision is to offer consistent venues and events for the exploration and development of the blues vernacular dances in San Diego. As the name implies, our focus is on the 100+ years of rich and living history of blues music and dancing, and that is the type of music and dancing that we offer.

Many existing venues in San Diego offer other dances alongside the blues. We enjoy many of those dances as well, and we offer a flier exchange to help you discover them. However, we believe that to really grow in understanding of a subject, you have to spend time immersed it. Blue Note’s mission is to explore, celebrate, and grow the blues dance community through musical immersion, classes, social dancing, and competition. Here at Blue Note, we are passionate about the blues and truly believe you will love it as well.

#bluenotesocial #blues #bluesdance #bluesdancing #dance #dancing #partnerdance #partnerdancing #socialdance #socialdancing #SanDiego #livemusic #FuzzyRankins #localblues #localmusician
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