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Ladies Must Swing


Oh it don’t mean a thing, if you ain’t got that Swing! The group’s name says it all… and swing they do! Ladies Must Swing are a 19-piece award-winning big band consisting of 19 energetic dames from Madison and surrounding areas that play nostalgic big band swing music and much more. During World War II, American men answered the call to arms from every walk of life. From the factory to the fields, women stepped up to fill the absent soldier’s spot in the workplace. Most people remember Rosie the Riveter, an iconic worker, with her sleeves rolled up and her goggles pulled down. Less celebrated, but no less important to the war effort were the “Swingshift Maisies.” These women made up the “Girl Bands” of the 1940's. Singing and swinging their way into the hearts of those who kept the home-fires burning, as well as enchanting the troops overseas with the USO, was their mission. After the war, men returned to the stages and women, regretfully relinquished their batons. Capturing the essence of these nearly forgotten “Girl Bands,” the women of Ladies Must Swing bop their way through a roaring repertoire of 20th century dance classics -Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Seems Like Old Times, Leap Frog, In the Mood, Tennessee Waltz, and much more! Come by for the afternoon to see, hear, celebrate and re-live history; we guarantee a swinging good time!

Performing Arts Type

  • Music