Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five (Plus One)
Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five is a seven-piece jazz and blues band from Philadelphia that specializes in playing for dancers, but they feel at home in front of any audience. They have opened for the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center, shared a stage with the inimitable trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and spend most of their time touring for Lindy and Blues Exchanges across the country. With an affinity for imaginative lyrics and playful melodies, Reed digs through her arsenal of both obscure and well-worn songs to craft her sets. Playing a mixture of original compositions, fresh arrangements, and classic standards, Chelsea Reed and her band draw upon the traditions of jazz while staying true to their own musical selves.
The Jazz Coasters
The Jazz Coasters will swing your tail onto the dance floor with a blend of New Orleans jazz, swing standards, and hip-moving new tunes. Formed in 2017, The Jazz Coasters are Cincinnati's newest and most exciting entry into the thriving local Cincinnati swing scene.
The Noah Wotherspoon Band hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. Wotherspoon has been immersed in the blues and mesmerizing audiences with his soulful guitar playing since he was a teenager. The band, which includes Rob Thaxton on bass and Brian Aylor on drums, formed in 2009. In 2015, Wotherspoon received the Best Guitarist Award at the International Blues Challenge and the band placed 2nd in the Finals. Since the competition, they have been playing festivals and venues around the world, from the Mt. Baker Blues Festival in Washington to the Olsztyn Blues Nights Festival in Poland. The band's debut studio album entitled "Mystic Mud" was also presented a "Jimi Award" for Best Blues/Rock Album of the Year in 2015 by Blues411.
Maggie Robinson hails from the great white north: Michigan. She has been dancing to warm her soul for a total of nine years and has been djing blues for the past four. She is super excited to bring her Lansing sound to CincyHop! An avid fan of Chicago, Detroit, and Delta blues, she is known to get the floor grooving and ready to blues till sunrise. Get ready to snatch it back and hold it and shake your money maker!
James Benze started DJing in Dayton, Ohio in 2011. After having danced for a few years, he found inspiration at a talk at All Balboa Weekend to start playing the music he liked, and an addiction was born. Since then, he has DJ'ed at various local and regional events, including KissME, CBUS, SwingIN, and Rocktober. James plays a mix of small- and big-band swing...why choose? He is overjoyed with the chance to DJ for everyone at CincyHop!
Daniel found jazz at a bookstore listening booth. He fell for contemporary jazz and has been working his way backwards through jazz history ever since. When Daniel plays the tunes, expect to dance your feet off while listening to today’s hardest-swinging artists alongside the original swing era bands that inspired them.
Our other talented DJs are Emma Durham, Melanie Myers, and Bryan Sykes.