Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings of Swing do their Thing
ZUMBROTA – Get your swing thing going when Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings of Swing Lindy Hop onto the Zumbrota State Theatre stage on Fri., Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Competitive-level swing dancers will be performing during the show which will help everyone get their boogie on!
Ivan is Ivan Whillock, who played brass instruments in his band, the Blue Notes, back in the day when today’s oldies were new. Now he’s switched to guitar and six years ago formed another band, the Kings of Swing, to play music that gets toes tapping and hands clapping.
Other members of the band, based in Faribault, include Dr. Mike Hildebrandt, a multi-instrumentalist whose work as a physician funds his musical life and who is a member of the MN Rock/Country Music Hall of Fame. Also in the band are vocalist Dallas Musselman, who is equally confident as she belts out a show tune, crooning a classic ballad or getting down to business with a jazz number; Ivan’s son and drummer for the band Mark Whillock, who has been performing and touring since he was in high school; and Ben Brien, who has played electric bass with several groups ranging from rock to country, and now plays stand-up bass with the Kings of Swing.
The Kings play with an irresistible energy that will have audiences jitterbugging, jiving, and jumping – or at least dancing in their seats!