Warming up the winter with Hot Jazz talent!

We've got some familiar faces returning for our evening dances this year: Mint Julep Jazz Band and Hot Club of Austin! Mint Julep will be headlining Friday and Saturday night on the main ballroom stage, with Hot Club of Austin rounding out the weekend Sunday evening with killer Django-style swing.


Friday's late-night dancing is brought to you by Austin's own Rent Party! New to the Hot Rhythm bandstand this year is another Austin favorite, The Charlie Christians! They will keep the energy going late into the night on Saturday.

With their little big band lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist, the Mint Julep Jazz Band recreates the hot jazz sounds of the 1920′s, 1930′s, and early 1940’s through arrangements based on original recordings from the Jazz Age and Swing era and original tunes inspired by that time period. 

The Mint Julep Jazz Band is based out of Durham, North Carolina and is led by trombonist Lucian Cobb and vocalist/swing DJ Laura Windley, who have put their collective knowledge and love of Swing music together to create an ideal dance band for swing dancers. 

Hot Club of Austin plays music inspired by The Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli's groundbreaking Swing Music group of the 1930’s.


Featuring Luke Hill – Guitar, Vocals, Alen Cileli – Violin, Jamey Cummins – Guitar, and Phil Spencer – Upright bass

Check them out on youtube here!

The Charlie Christians formed in early 2017 to pay tribute to the band’s namesake — the great innovator of amplified Jazz guitar. The ensemble presents three-part harmonies a la Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, and Charlie Christian with its unique instrumentation.


With JD Pendley and Lindsay Greene on guitars, Lauryn Gould on flute, Josh Hoag on string bass, and Jason Baczynski on drums, the Charlie Christians’ effervescent swing is sure to keep you on the dance floor!

A rent party is a social occasion where tenants hire a musician or band to play and pass the hat to raise money to pay their rent, originating in Harlem during the 1920s. It is with this spirit of music made for fun in small spaces that we approach the music. Its swingin', hot, danceable, and most of all FUN!


Comprised of an eclectic group of Austin transplants, Rent Party brings a unique blend of musicians from varied musical backgrounds and influences: Jamey Cummins (guitar, vocals), Sarah Ulloa (vocals, drums), Phil Spencer (bass), Alen Cileli (violin), Jake Starr (Guitar), and David Jellema (cornet, clarinet). This diversity manifests in a fresh blend of hot jazz, vintage swing, and jazz manouche.