Many years ago in a land far away, a band of incredible talent was born. It just so happens that The Fried Bananas was born that year as well. The spot: Shawn's living room. The event: a 30th birthday celebration. The reason: to make beautiful music together. Since then, The Fried Bananas have traveled the country with a single mission - to swing harder than a 5-year-old at recess and, more importantly, to make people dance!
Bands & Vocalists
For Caitlin, singing has been a lifelong passion. Raised by parents with superb taste in music, and having spent many years amongst the Jazz community in both New York and Toronto as a dancer, she decided it was her turn to start making music. Her warm and powerful voice made Jazz and Blues a comfortable fit as she got her start with Capital Dance Productions in several musical numbers. After working with several choral groups and sitting in with some Jazz bands around Toronto - including Combo Royale, Up Jumped Swing, and the New Orleans Connections All-Stars - she quickly moved on to continue pursuing her passions and is now working with her own band called The Sugar Foot Stompers.
A veteran guest at exchanges and national events, Jody has been a renowned blues specialist since before the wave of blues dancing popularity hit. Enamored with the blues for as long as she can remember, she is drawn to the rawness, passion, soul, intensity of emotion. The sheer humanity of it, makes her feel alive! While spinning, Jody likes to play and share with the dancers and aspires to highlight Canadian content as much as possible. Whether she's playing some kicking' R&B, swinging' it old school style, funking out, "shouting' hallelujah!" to an inspiring Gospel set, or getting downright carnal, sweaty & intense blues session, she tries to create a flow and help shape the mood or tone. Lindyhop, Blues, WCS, Balboa, or whatever she'll spin for it and you know, its going be fun!
Brooke has spent the last decade crisscrossing Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia, dancing, djing, and teaching as she goes. Although these days you'll most often find her playing exchanges, festivals, and competitions, as a DJ Brooke strives to remain true to the roots of her sordid past - late-nite house parties! You can count on full-bodied "scrumpditiliumptious" music - the kind that you can really sink your feet into! You'll always get that stuff that keeps you dancing well past your bedtime!
Gabrielle loves playing music that gets dancers out on the floor and keeps them there! Her passion is music that moves you, be it blues, classic swing, vintage-style jazz, or more soulful funky tunes. Be careful, her music will often inspire you to dance long after your feet would have called it a night.
From acoustic to electric, jazz to guitars, vintage to modern, Julie digs all the blueses. She has DJed around the country at bluesSHOUT, Emerald City Blues Festival, Mile High Blues, Bambloozled, and more. She also DJs regularly in Boston, where she lives, dances, works, and occasionally sleeps. Julie's musical tastes span from the soulful to the sultry, the dirty to the demure, but always with a healthy dose of attitude.