The Euphemists are not your ordinary contra dance band. Yes, they have fiddle and piano (provided by Alan Snyder and Dave Goldman) and flute, whistle and guitar (provided by Paula Hamlin and Jerry Nelson). Yes, they play familiar Celtic, Québécois, and old-time tunes.
But they also have horns! With Paula and Jerry on woodwinds and Kaye Blesener on trombone, high energy is the result! You'll hear some lively ragtime era tunes that feature the horn section. You’ll also hear hints of that big band sound when you least expect it, horn riffs playing off the fiddle, and old-time tunes being introduced to brass – it’s a marriage made in heaven. And when Jerry pulls out his cajón, well, watch out!
Tarka Ayres credits contra dance with helping keep her mental stability through school. She started dancing in 2004 and has called dances in Oregon and Washington since 2012. Dancers have told her they appreciate her ability to integrate new dancers into the community, her clear teaching and succinct calling, and her choices of challenging dances. She is excited to be calling in Eugene.
Potluck: 5:30 pm. TBA
Dance held at Village School, 3411 Willamette Street (site formerly called the old Dunn School) in Eugene! $8-$10, members $6-$10.
Lesson at 7:00 pm. Dance begins at 7:30 pm.