Upcoming Shows & Dances
Every 2nd
Sunday

Every Second Sunday, 3–6pm Presidio Yacht Club, $10 donation at the door. Dance under the Golden Gate Bridge. No club anywhere can boast of a more spectacular setting.
Sunday, April 9
Sunday, May 14
Sunday, June 11
Sunday, July 9
Sunday, August 13

For more information go to:
www.PresidioYachtClub.org.
Click here for a Google map and directions from your location.

 

April
2017

Friday, April 21, Terrace Room, on Lake Merritt, Oakland CA 7-10pm. Admission is free, but we highly recommend their fine vittles, and tipping the band!

 

Yes, we are back at the Terrace Room [http://www.theterraceroom.com/go/], a beautiful venue overlooking Lake Merritt. If you haven’t yet been there, it’s a real treat, with dining and dancing in an amazing glassed-in panorama overlooking Lake Merritt. It’s an Art Deco treasure, built in 1927, and many features, including the impressive original tilework, have been preserved. The band thinks playing there is a real fun, because the acoustics are just fantastic. The Retrobates are truly blessed to play dances in two of the most visually spectacular clubs in the Bay Area.

CLICK HERE and enter your location for a map and directions.

On hand will be Boogie Sonka, Ray Green, Emily Bonn and Dale Alstrom, with Fiddle Ray Landsberg on ...hmm. But our piece de resistance is our rhythm section. As Dizzy Gilespie said "The audience is] not particular about whether you’re playing a flatted 5th or a ruptured 129th as long as they can dance to it." -- and our rhythm section, consisting of John Tuttle socking that archtop, Michael Price on doghouse bass, and Pete Lind flogging those skins, our rhythm section is the Best in The West.

If you have already been to our dances, we don’t have to sell you anything; we know we’ll be seeing you from time to time. But if you haven’t-- well you should come down and see what all the excitement is about. We guarntee you'll be back for more.



NewYear's Eve, 2016



Sylvia Herold 

New Year's Eve, Dec 31 Presidio Yacht Club, Big New Year’s Celebration Under the Golden Gate, 9pm–1am. $35 donation includes balloons, frivolity, and complementary champagne. Watch the fireworks from the balcony. This year Sylvia Herold will be tossing her reins over our hitching rail again. She has appeared on many recordings, but Bay Area swing fans remember her best from her tenure with the Cats & Jammers.

Last New Year’s—and five New Year’s before that—were completely sold out. Be sure to take advantage of our advance ticket sales at Brown Paper Tickets. We’d hate to have to turn away our loyal fans, so we will be sending out a pre-announcement to our e-mail listers.
 
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Every 2nd Sunday Every Second Sunday, 3–6pm Presidio Yacht Club, $10 donation at the door. Dance under the Golden Gate Bridge. No club anywhere can boast of a more spectacular setting.
Sunday, November 13, 2016 — with guitar wizzard Bob Wilson
Sunday, December 11 , 2016
Saturday, December 31, 2016 — annual New Year's Blowout
     (see below) $25–$35
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Sunday, March 12, 2017

For more information go to:
www.PresidioYachtClub.org.
Click here for a Google map and directions from your location.


October
2016
Friday, October 14, Terrace Room, on Lake Merritt, Oakland, 7–10pm. Admission is free. We are back at the Terrace Room, a beautiful venue overlooking Lake Merritt. Chanteuse Sylvia Herold will be with us for another fun dance…

If you haven't yet heard Sylvia’s stylish vocals and guitar work in the Retrobates’ mix, you are in for a real treat. And if you haven't yet been to The Terrace Room, it's a spectacularly beautiful venue, with fine dining and dancing set in a beautiful art deco treasure built in 1927. The band loves playing there, not just because Count Basie and the big boys all played this venue back in the day, but because the acoustics are just fantastic. The Retrobates are truly blessed to play regular dances in two of the most visually spectacular clubs in the Bay Area. Click to see a Google Map, and enter your location for directions. Admission is free, but dinner and tipping are strongly encouraged!


Thursday, October 27, Ashkenaz, Berkeley. Doors open 6:30. The Retrobates have been attracting an East Bay dance crowd over at the Terrace Room. Now Ashkenaz is featuring us as part of their Fall Swing Series. We're tickled to join Steve Lucky, Lavay Smith, and our pal Mitch Woods on the Ashkenaz swing dance roster. Click to see details on the Askenaz website.

Here’s the blurb they wrote about us:

Doors open 6:30
Dance Lesson 7:00
Retrobates’ Downbeat 8:00
Admission $15 at the door; series discount available

The Lone Star Retrobates bring some of the best Western swing extant to tonight’s edition of “Swing in the Fall,” Ashkenaz’s two-month series of swing dances with lessons taking place every Thursday in October and November. “Swing in the Fall” covers the gamut from classic big band sounds to jump blues and New Orleans R&B. Discounted series passes are available. The series concludes with a Saturday night party with Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers on November 26!

Each night starts at 7 pm with a choice of beginning/intermediate dance lessons with Karen & Michael or a guest teacher (included in the ticket price), followed by the evening’s live band at 8 pm. Click here for more about all dance lessons, teachers, and performances in the series!

This may be the Ashkenaz debut of the Lone Star Retrobates, but since 1990 or earlier, some version of the Retrobates has existed (check the band’s website for famous alumni from Billy Wilson to Tony Marcus). The current Western swing big band is, by its own admission, “a boot-scootin’ wingtips-flyin’ dance band specializing in authentic West Coast Swing. If jazz is America’s musical taproot, then this roadhouse-swing fusion is its west-facing branch.” Some of the members are leaders of their own bands; some have played with the likes of Bob and/or Billy Jack Wills, Bill Monroe, Ray Price, and others. They bring authenticity and excitement to such classic tunes as “Mood Indigo” and “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette.”

Featuring trumpet, sax, twin fiddles, both standard and pedal steel guitars, drums, and standup bass, rich four and five-part vocal harmonies and even trick yodeling on demand, the Retrobates sashay from hot swing to honky-tonk. With a freshly retooled show featuring a kicking all-star horn section—each horn man a bandleader in his own right—the Retrobates are making a stir in the Bay Area alt-country and retro-roots scene, this night featuring ace chanteuse Sylvia Herald, swing veteran Mylos “Boogie” Sonka on pedal steel, and big-band vocalist and trumpeter Ray Green, saxophonist Dale Alstrom, fiddler Ray Landsberg, bassist Michael Price, and drummer Pete Lind.


August
2016
 
Friday, August 5, Terrace Room, on Lake Merritt, Oakland CA. 7–10 pm.
Admission is free. We are back at the Terrace Room, a beautiful venue overlooking Lake Merritt. Our chanteuse Emily Bonn will be with us for another fun dance. If you haven't yet been to The Terrace Room, it's a real treat, fine dining and dancing in a beautiful art deco treasure built in 1927. The band loves playing there, not just because Count Basie and the big boys all played this venue back in the day, but because the acoustics are just fantastic. The Retrobates are truly blessed to play regular dances in two of the most visually spectacular clubs in the Bay Area. Click to see a Google Map, and enter your location for directions. Admission is free, but dinner and tipping are strongly encouraged!
 
  Sunday, August 7, Music in the Park, San Anselmo CA, 3–6 pm. This is our fourth appearance at this lovely outdoors show on the green. There is ample room for wingtip-flapping and boot-scooting. Pack a picnic and bring the kids. We are proud to participate again in this lovely summer concert series-- sponsored by the San Anselmo Arts Commission. We play from 3 to 6 pm. Admission free. Click to see a Google Map, and enter your location for directions.

July
2016
Sunday, July 10, 3 to 6 pm, Afternoon Dance Under the Golden Gate at the Presidio Yacht Club with special guest vocalist Sylvia Herald. For more information go to: www.PresidioYachtClub.org.
Click here for a Google map and directions from your location.
 
  Saturday, July 30 — LSR plays a wedding reception at a circus performance space South-of-Market, San Francisco. Not open to the public.

June
2016
Saturday, June 4, 7 to 10 pm, dinner-dance at the San Rafael Rod and Gun Club. Dinner at 7pm; dancing from 8 to 10 pm. You’ve probably seen the Rod and Gun Club off to the right just as you get off the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. It boasts quite a gorgeous view of the North Bay. Admission by advance sale only. Call Paul Robinson at 415-342-4825. Your $30 ticket includes a great dinner catered by California Grill. Arrive at 6 pm for the dinner-dance.
 
  Saturday, June 11, The San Francisco Folk Festival, at Everett Middle School, 450 Church Street, San Francisco, has a Saturday evening swing dance. This year a bunch of Retrobates will be sitting in at 6:30 with Kevin McConnell's West Coast Deluxe for the dance. Click the link for more info about the festival: www.sffolkfest.org.
 
 

Sunday, June 12, 3 to 6 pm, Afternoon Dance Under the Golden Gate at the Presidio Yacht Club. For more information go to: www.PresidioYachtClub.org.
Click here for a Google map and directions from your location.

 
  Late June—vacation time, but we’ll be back in the saddle by July 10 for the PYC dance.

May
2016
Sunday, May 8, 3 to 6 pm, Afternoon Dance Under the Golden Gate at the Presidio Yacht Club. For more information go to: www.PresidioYachtClub.org.
Click here for a Google map and directions from your location.

April
2016
Sunday, April 10, 3 to 6 pm, Afternoon Dance Under the Golden Gate at the Presidio Yacht Club. For more information go to: www.PresidioYachtClub.org.
Click here for a Google map and directions from your location.
 
 
 
Friday, April 22, Terrace Room, on Lake Merritt, Oakland CA.
Admission is free. We are back at the Terrace Room, a beautiful venue overlooking Lake Merritt. Sylvia Herold will be back with us for another show. If you haven't yet been to The Terrace Room, it's a real treat, set in a beautiful art deco treasure built in 1927. The band loves playing there, because the acoustics are just fantastic. The Retrobates are truly blessed to play regular dances in two of the most visually spectacular clubs in the Bay Area. Click to see a Google Map, and enter your location for directions. And we will be back again on Friday, July 29.

March
2016

Sunday, March 13, 3 to 6 pm, Afternoon Dance Under the Golden Gate at the Presidio Yacht Club. For more information go to: www.PresidioYachtClub.org.
Click here for a Google map and directions from your location.

February
2016
Saturday, February 20 — Crab Feed Dinner/Dance — imported crab! open to the public at the Masonic Lodge on Magnolia in Larkspur. The Retrobates have played this event twice before and it is a lot of fun. The lodge’s big dining room has a large dance floor and stage. $35 for a crab dinner and dance, $20 for chicken dinners. Kid-friendly, too! — kids’ dinners are $10. If you’re just interested in dancing, you can get in for $15. For more info call Andrew Kraft at (415) 233-2142.
Click here for a Google map and directions from your location.
 
 
Valentine’s Day Dance 3 to 6 pm — Feb 14 at the Presidio Yacht Club. The PYC, always open to the public, boasts one of Marin’s best-kept-secret views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It sits behind the Discovery Museum on the shore of Horseshoe Cove at Fort Baker. It is kid-friendly, and is a spectacular spot for burgers, hot dogs, pizza, and wingtip-flapping. It is home base for the Retrobates; we play there on the second Sunday afternoon each month, and various Fridays and Saturday nights sprinkled here and there. $10 donation. For more information go to www.PresidioYachtClub.org.
Click here for a google map and directions from your location.

January
2016
Friday, January 15, Terrace Room, on Lake Merritt, Oakland CA, 7PM. Admission is free. We are back at the Terrace Room, a beautiful venue overlooking Lake Merritt. If you haven't yet been there, it’s a real treat, with dining and dancing overlooking Lake Merritt. The band thinks playing there is a real treat, because the acoustics are just fantastic. January's show should be spectacular; on rhythm guitar and vocals will be Sylvia Herold, one of the great ladies of swing-- she can sing the birds out of the trees, and she is so rock solid on a Gibson archtop that, with Pete Lind and Michael Price on drums and bass, the joint'll be jumping we guarantee you. Click to see a Google Map, and enter your location for directions.

New Year's Eve, Dec 31
2015
 
 
Presidio Yacht Club, Big New Year’s Celebration Under the Golden Gate, 9pm–1am. $35 Donation includes balloons, frivolity, and complementary champagne. Watch the fireworks from the balcony.à

Last New Year’s—and four New Year’s before that—were completely sold out. Be sure to take advantage of our advance ticket sales at Brown Paper Tickets. We’d hate to have to turn away our loyal fans, so we are sending out an email pre-announcement to our mailing list.

Click or scan the QR code to order advance tickets at $10 off = $25.

December
2015
Sunday December 13, PYC 3 to 6 PM

Wednesday, Dec. 16, Sonoma Swing Dance at Rossi’s, $10 admission.
NOTE TO OUR NORTH BAY DANCERS: we will be at Rossi’s (formerly Little Switzerland) for another dance sponsored by the Sonoma County Dance Beat. There’ll be a swing dance class at 7 PM.


New Years Eve, Thursday, December 31, PLAN TO SWING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH US AT THE PYC! WE’LL HAVE SPECIAL RATES FOR OUR BELOVED EMAIL LISTERS — SO WATCH THIS PAGE.

November
2015
 
Sunday, November 1, Barn Dance in Brentwood – PRIVATE EVENT

Sunday, November 8, 2–5pm, Presidio Yacht Club, $10 donation.
NOTICE THAT WE ARE BACK AT 3 TO 6 NOW — The Retrobates return to our favorite dance venue, the Presidio Yacht Club, A beautiful Sunday afternoon dance under the Golden Gate Bridge. No club anywhere can boast of a more spectacular setting for dancing.

Friday November 20, Friday night at the Presidio Yacht Club. The Rerobates will be at the PYC on a Friday night!

October
2015
Sunday October 11, 3–6pm, Presidio Yacht Club, always open to the public, $10 donation.
NOTICE THAT WE ARE BACK AT 3 TO 6 NOW — Last month the PYC dance floor started warming up after 3 PM and the patrons were asking for more when we were packing it in at five PM — so we decided to move the downbeat from 2 PM back to 3 PM.
The Retrobates return to our favorite dance venue, the Presidio Yacht Club, A beautiful Sunday afternoon dance under the Golden Gate Bridge. No club anywhere can boast of a more spectacular setting for dancing.
 
  Friday October 30, 7pm downbeat. The Retrobates are back at the fabulous Terrace Room in Oakland overlooking Lake Merritt. Beautiful dining and dancing experience.

September
2015
Saturday September 12, 2-5pm, private party in the late afternoon. The band is available Saturday night.

Sunday September 13, 2-5pm, Presidio Yacht Club, $10 donation.
NOTE NEW WINTER HOURS. The Retrobates return to our favorite dance venue, the Presidio Yacht Club, A beautiful Sunday afternoon dance under the Golden Gate Bridge. No club anywhere can boast of a more spectacular setting for dancing.

Wednesday September 23 or 30: Note to our North Bay Dancers: we will be at Rossi's (formerly Little Switzerland) for a dance sponsored by the Sonoma County Dance Beat on either September 23 or 30. Mark your calendars and watch this page for an update.

August
2015
Sunday, August 9, Presidio Yacht Club, 2-5 pm. $8-10. Another beautiful afternoon of swing dancing in a lovely place RETROBATES WILL BE REPLACED BY ON THE AIR BAND featuring Retrobates trumpet/vocalist Ray Green and guitar wizard Ned Ripple. Thyey will bring their swing unit in, covering for the Retrobates for your dancing pleasure.

June
2015
Friday, June 5, Terrace Room, on Lake Merritt, Oakland CA. Admission is free. We are back at the Terrace Room, a beautiful venue overlooking Lake Merritt. If you haven't yet been there, it’s a real treat, with dining and dancing overlooking Lake Merritt. The band thinks playing there is a real treat, because the acoustics are just fantastic. The Retrobates are truly blessed to play dances in two of the most visually spectacular clubs in the Bay Area. Click to see a Google Map, and enter your location for directions.
 
  Sunday, June 14, Presidio Yacht Club, 2-5 pm. $8-10. Another beautiful afternoon of swing dancing in a lovely place.

May
2015
Friday May 26th, 8:30-11:30pm Presidio Yacht Club, $10 donation at the door. This time it’s a Friday dance under the Golden Gate Bridge. No club anywhere can boast of a more spectacular setting for dancing.
 
 

Sunday, May 10, Presidio Yacht Club, 2–5pm, $8–10 donation. The Presidio Yacht Club is on the Sausalito side of the bridge, on the water at Fort Baker, down near the Discovery Museum. It's a short walk from the PYC to the excellent Cavallo Point Restaurant. Click to see a Google map or set your GPS to Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, 679 Sommerville Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965.


Friday May 22, 8:30-11:30pm, Presidio Yacht Club, $10 donation at the door. This time it’s a Friday dance under the Golden Gate Bridge. No club anywhere can boast of a more spectacular vista.