Garrett Harris 8 a.m., Aug. 23
Mad Hat Hucksters
Morgan Day: Drums, Percussion, Vocals | Lindy Edwards: Saxophone, Vocals | Nightshade Navarro: Clarinet, Saxophone | Michael Till: Guitar (electric) | Anthony Marca: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Jeremy Eikam: Bass guitar
Inception: San Diego, 2015
Influences: Fats Waller, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt
The Mad Hat Hucksters, founded in 2015 by swing dancer Morgan Day, are a jazz sextet playing music in the style of small combo dance bands of the 1930s swing era. Their repertoire includes traditional jazz, swing and early rhythm and blues meant to get the listener's feet tapping and up on the dance floor.
The band released their debut full-length album/CD Swing and Jazz Music for Dancing in November 2017, followed in October 2018 by their digital EP Night of the Lindy Dead.
Their self-produced/released album Live At The Firehouse, released in summer 2019, consists of 18 tracks recorded at the Firehouse Swing Dance (San Diego’s longest running weekly swing dance venue) on March 27, 2019, at Parq West (previously the Woman’s Club of San Diego, built in 1940). Consisting of pre-World War II jazz and swing songs, "the album is meant to capture the energy of a band performing for dancers in a venue built for this kind of music."