Ever seen a fish swing dance?
The March edition of Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District’s Second Saturday Dance will give toe-tappers young and old the chance as the Port Townsend’s power quintet — Dogfish and the Catsharks — gets back into the Island groove March 10.
For three years, the group of musicians has been playing swing dances and parties around the Olympic Peninsula, begging audiences to pose the question, “What’s in a name?”
“For the most part, it’s a play on words,” Dogfish band leader David Gordon said. “We’re not playing any nautical-theme music.”
While the band’s name may conjure an expectation of sea chanties of some sort, Dogfish and the Catsharks are more so a band of swinging “soul fish.” In its repertoire, the band covers classics like “Route 66” and “Kansas City” and even a little “’Shake, Rattle and Roll,” Gordon said.
“It’s a great way to get out there and work out that excess energy, just like people used to do in the ‘40s,” he said.
Gordon grew up in the musical mecca of Chicago in the 1940s and ‘50s, he leads the band with harmonica and vocals and is joined by Dave Peterson on guitar, Jim Pivarnik on the keys, Doug Warren on drums and L.A. Jones on bass.
The group takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday the Island Center Hall at 8359 Fletcher Bay Rd. Before the dance there will be a swing dance workshop for those new to the floor and those who need a little refresher.