2300 Arena proudly presents Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles, a Denver-based vintage jazz band devoted to revitalizing swing music and dance, on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at 8 pm in the newly renovated Bar 2300 performance space. Embarking on their debut tour supporting their new album Gin and Moonlight, this small group style swing band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show, intriguing generations new and old with the beloved charm of big band swing from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. The Pickles bring it all – high energy, quality musicianship, and an authentic big band sound and look that celebrates the unique American spirit of swing.
With a smart respect for the preservation of vintage jazz music and entertainment, the Pickles e constantly adding new and original tunes to their repertoire. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long. Trumpet player and vocalist, Joe Smith, started the band in January of 2013 to give dancers something to swing out to. Since the bands’ inception, the Pickles have held a special place in their heart for the swing dance community.
“While doing research for our 2018 New Year’s Eve speakeasy event, I came across them online and was captivated by their sound. Swing is one of my favorite genres and I knew the South Philadelphia community would love them. We decided to make this not just a stop on the band’s tour but a fun filled 1940’s theme event,“ said Christy Bottie, partner in 2300 Arena. In homage to the band’s album title “Gin and Moonlight”, the evening will include specialty crafted gin cocktails and food tied into the 1940’s swing era. Attendees who dress in 1940’s fashion will be entered into a raffle for door prizes.
Tickets are $20 general admission in advance, $25 at the door, there is also the option of a $30 VIP up front table ticket that includes a pre-show cocktail reception.
Since its remodeling in 2013, the 2300 Arena maintains its reputation for boxing, mixed martial arts, and wrestling. For the 2017-2018 season onward, the 2300 Arena is expanding its offerings to include showcasing new music performance, fashion, and theater as the South Philadelphia community’s appetite continues to grow for arts and entertainment events within the neighborhood.