About the Show
The Swingin’ Holiday Spectacular will be a special night celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Rockabillaque Charleston in the unique and spectacular Spiegeltent at the Gaillard Center making for an unforgettable experience. The night will be an action-packed line-up of live music with the wild Rock N’ Roll/Rhythm & Blues sounds of Nashville’s The Hi-Jivers featuring the bluesy, soulful vocals of Dawna Zahne. The band won an Ameripolitan Music Award for top Rockabilly band in 2023! The band’s sound is inspired by the 50’s and 60’s but with a modern day twist of their distinctive passionate and wild original sound!
Also on the line-up is Brooklyn, New York’s Screamin’ Rebel Angels with their unrelenting and infectious original Rock ‘n Roll sound. The band has been keeping the dance floors pulsing, and roofs rattling across stages, airwaves and turntables around the globe since 2011. Lead singer Laura Palmer was the 2020 Ameripolitan Award Winner for best ‘Rockabilly Female.’ The band will be bringin’ their untamed live sound featuring high-octane sonic adventures that invoke the primitive energy of 1950s Rock ‘n Roll infused with the soul of early Rhythm & Blues.
The show will be hosted by Miss Rockabillaque 2022 Pinup Winner, Miss Louie Le’Breeze, and the night will also feature the Miss Swingin’ Holiday Pinup Contest, featuring contestants showing off their mid century glamor style, personality and attitude to compete for the title of Miss Swingin’ Holiday 2023. Plus premier Classic Cars will be showcased at the entrance to the venue.
Pinup Contest Contestants will need to purchase tickets to the show in order to participate.
Please note this performance is standing room only.
About the Artists
The Hi-Jivers are a 4 piece Rock n’ Roll/ Rhythm and Blues band that play music inspired by the 50’s and 60’s but modernize with their passionate and wild originals. The vocalist, Dawna Zahn is a powerhouse soulful singer who has the dynamic ability to resurrect her favorite blues artists like Howlin’ Wolf and Big Mama Thornton with ease. She is accompanied by her husband, Austin John whose guitar arsenal has the maturity of a well seasoned blues guitarist, but with the sting of an explosive rock n’ roller. They’ve already had the pleasure of performing all over the world including many cities in the U.S. and many countries in Europe.
The band won an Ameripolitan Music Award in 2023 and have been featured in Vintage Guitar Magazine, Vintage Rock Magazine and Blue Suede News magazine. They’ve been compared to modern artists such as JD Mcpherson, Nikki Hill, GA-20, Imelda May, Delta Bombers, Big Sandy & Fly-Rite Boys etc.
Austin John & Dawna Zahn moved to Nashville from Central New York in September 2014 with one intention: to form a band inspired by their favorite Rhythm & Blues and Rock N’ Roll artists of the 1950s and 1960s. By the beginning of 2015, they met upright bass player Hank Miles and drummer Aaron Mlasko who had recently moved to Nashville from Seattle, WA. The group bonded over their love of American roots icons such as Wynonie Harris, Big Mama Thornton, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Richard, and Etta James.
The Hi-Jivers formed in February 2015, and by the summer they were playing frequently in Nashville and Memphis, TN. That first summer also brought about the band’s first ever release, a four song self-titled, self-released EP, which included original tracks “Hotwire Woman” and “Something’s Gotta Shake”. After Mlasko moved on to pursue other ventures, The Hi-Jivers shared the stage with a rotating cast of talented drummers, including Tony DeCurtis and Jason Smay.
In 2017, the band began touring and appearing at festivals across the U.S. They wrote and self-released a second 6 song EP, “Always Talkin’ Down”, which included soon-to-become fan favorite track “Knee High & Risin’”. During the 2017 Nashville Boogie, Bopflix Films’ Chris Magee took an interest in the band, producing and recording a live video of an acoustic version of original track “Hotwire Woman” in the dressing room at The Nashville Palace. Upon the video’s release, The Hi-Jivers began to gain traction in the international Roots music scene, introducing their sound to a new audience.
In March 2018, they traveled to Los Angeles to record their first full-length album at the Wild Records studio. The album “Something’s Gotta Shake” included new recordings of a few previously released tracks as well as new original material. By 2019, The Hi-Jivers were bringing their live show overseas to festivals like the Rockin’ Race Jamboree, Rockabilly Rave, and Rhythm Riot.
Spring of 2020 brought a wave of change to The Hi-Jivers, as they saw their long-time bandmate Hank Miles move to Austin, TX to pursue a career in custom car building. Before his departure, the crew recorded two final versions of “Something’s Gotta Shake” and “Knee High & Risin’”, set to be released as their first ever 7″ vinyl record this coming summer.
Austin John and Dawna Zahn are currently writing a full-length sophomore album. 2023 will bring The Hi-Jivers fans a new line-up, new music and exciting new tour dates. Catch them on the road in a town near you!
Screamin’ Rebel Angels’ unrelenting and hi-octane original music reimagines the legacy of rock ‘n roll, rockabilly, and rhythm ‘n blues into a contemporary sound. Their thrilling live performances are packed with primal passion and authenticity. The sound is unapologetically their own, and they take their audiences on an exhilarating adventure into an untamed world of dangerous women, broken hearts, courage and conviction.
Leading the band is Laura Palmer, a versatile multi-instrumentalist, song-writer, and producer. Equally adept at slapping out the rhythm on an upright bass or picking on a big ol’ Gretsch, Laura Palmer’s on stage presence and powerful vocals have garnered international attention and acclaim, including earning the 2020 Ameripolitan Award “Rockabilly Female of the Year.” Add in Brian Hack’s stratospheric lead guitar and additional song-writing, drummer Jungle Jim Chandler and the combination is a truly unique sound not to be missed. Screamin’ Rebel Angels regularly play like their lives depend on it throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Spiegeltent is equipped with both heating and air conditioning to keep the tent a comfortable temperature for all shows.
Prohibited items include gum, weapons of any kind (including pocket knives and firearms), projectiles, and illegal substances.
Please note that for this performance online purchases have a limit of eight (8) tickets per customer. To purchase additional tickets or to inquire about group sales, please contact the ticket office directly at (843) 242-3099.