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Press photos by Paul CmilThe Buzzards perform during a rockabilly event, held Jan. 11 at Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., Catasauqua. Press photos by Paul CmilThe Buzzards perform during a rockabilly event, held Jan. 11 at Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., Catasauqua.
Ric Derr, Nicole Walters, Jami Derr and Aaron Jones, with Iron City Swing, sponsor the event. Jami is a Catasauqua High School alumna. Ric Derr, Nicole Walters, Jami Derr and Aaron Jones, with Iron City Swing, sponsor the event. Jami is a Catasauqua High School alumna.
Jones and Sam Pinkus cut a rug at the monthly Gas House event. Jones and Sam Pinkus cut a rug at the monthly Gas House event.

Rockabilly at its best

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Gas House Dance Hall hosts swingin’ event

The second Saturday of every month, rockabilly music takes over Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., Catasauqua. The monthly event brings in about 50 fans who dance the night away — and Jan. 11 was no different.

Jami Derr and her husband, Ric, have taken on the task of keeping the genre alive and well with Iron City Swing. Jami is a Catasauqua High School alumna.

The admission ticket includes a free swing dance class. Swing dancing is not for those with two left feet. The fast-paced, energetic style requires close cooperation with your partner.

The reigning champ on the dance floor is Aaron Jones, who has a line of partners waiting and does not pause between sets.

The band at this event, The Buzzards, was a fan favorite. The featured performer was Rick Kuebler, from the Ultra Kings.

The band is here every second Saturday, but this night was special for some attendees. Dana Ciannini and her husband, Chris, were celebrating Dana’s birthday. The Cianninis follow rockabilly around the Valley.

Chris Ciannini is president of the local Greasers chapter. The Greasers are a worldwide brotherhood that enjoys the 1950s lifestyle.

“We have chapters all over the country and in 16 countries,” he said. “It’s an informal group. There are no requirements to join.”

The big event on the horizon for the Greasers is a reunion in Las Vegas in April. A quick glance at the website shows fabulous 1950s restored cars.