The So-Cal Speed Shop Warehouse was in full swing Saturday as it hosted Sacramento Swing Time 2011. This family friendly event included a wide variety of activities including a car show, pin-up pageant, arts and crafts workshops, swing dance lessons, an amazing lineup of rock-a-billy, psychobilly and big band swing bands. There was also, of course, a plethora of retail and food exhibits.
The parking lot was scattered with vintage cars dating from the 1920’s through the 1960’s, many with custom paint jobs and rebuilt engines. The chrome sparkled in the sunlight as the participants enjoyed beverages and relaxed in the sun, showing off their hard work and admiring the work of others.
Also outside were a variety of unique, handmade crafts from local artists. One exhibitor, Vintage Box 1947, offered wonderfully diverse and intricate veils, hats and elaborate clips adorned with flowers, feathers and jewels. ϋberella offered hand painted umbrellas, purses and bags, 100 percent handmade and all original artwork. And, what vintage affair would be complete without Trophy Queens custom purses and handbags, designed from classic car materials like vinyl seating, seatbelts and symbols.
Marilee Caruso Photography was on hand to host the Pin-Up Pageant. The heavily tattooed, classic beauties lined up in full makeup and hair, their faces painted perfectly and their hair curled and twisted into intricate designs. With not a hair out of place, the women floated across the floor and onto the stage where they were asked a brief set of questions. Who is their favorite old time singer? Who is their favorite modern day singer? And of course, what is their favorite classic car? The crowd cheered on the winner and the three finalists were awarded large gift baskets. The first place winner received a highly coveted photo shoot from Marilee.
Then there was the music – an eclectic variety of vintage inspired bands, designed to get your feet moving and your heart pounding. The linup included groups from all over California as well as the country. Bands included local Sacramento favorite The Afterlife and The Cockfight Kings, Jenny Lynn and Her Real Gone Daddies, The Twilight Drifters, Lost Dog Found, Hillbilly Hellcats, La Cholita, Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-Fonics, and last, but not least, Devil Doll.
Swing dance lessons were given by Johnny Ochoa, and students danced their newly learned moves to the big band sound of Lost Dog Found, a “no covers,” all original Bay area band that is hitting the swing scene hard. Catch them performing at the Midtown Stomp on July 29 and at the Rootstock Festival in Sacramento on September 17. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes! This band will get you moving.
The third annual Sacramento Swing Time 2011 was a fun-filled, activity-packed event great for families, couples and individuals interested in experiencing a nostalgic taste of the 1940’s. This event is on the books for next year, so don’t miss it!