Bathtub Gin Serenaders

Bathtub Gin Serenaders

Performing in the 2013 Green Show Thursday, August 8.

This is their first season in the OSF Green Show.

Hot jazz and blues from the 1920s, 30s and beyond!

Formed in the fall of 2009 and based in the Rogue Valley, the Bathtub Gin Serenaders serve up smoking hot jazz and blues from the 1920s, 30s and beyond. The band features the incomparable Ila Selene on lead vocals, Melissa Orr on violin and vocals, Stephany Smith Pearson on accordion, mandolin and vocals, Eric Von Radics on guitar and vocals, Lawrence Newcomb on clarinet and saxophone, David Orr on ukulele bass, Chris Matthews on drums and Chari Weatherford on washboard.  Lawrence, Melissa and Eric trades hot lead licks while Ila, Stephany and Melissa weave together tight harmonies that inspire comparisons to the Boswell Sisters, all resting on a solid foundation of swinging rhythm. This potent interplay of vocal harmony, instrumental mastery and rhythmic swing sets the band apart from their local peers. It’s good-time dance music that makes people smile.  In 2011, the band released its first CD Me and My Gin, covering jazz classics such as “I Can't Give You Anything But Love”, “After You've Gone”, “Sweet Georgia Brown”, “Sister Kate”, “Shine”, “St. James Infirmary Blues” and the “St. Louis Blues.”

Bathtub Gin Serenaders on Community: The Bathtub Gin Serenaders play music that makes people move!  Hot jazz and blues inspires dancers of all ages.  We have a strong connection with the local dance community, particularly Swing and Lindy Hop.