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The Lindy Hoppers Review:
The Palace - Hollywood, CA

Over All Score:
Location: 1735 N. Vine, Hollywood
Phone: (323) 462-3000
How Much: Call Ahead
Who: Call Ahead
When: Sunday Nights
Lessons: Call Ahead
Music Starts: 9:00 p.m.
Floor Quality: Medium/High
Promoters Comments: None
The Palace is a fantastic place for swing, in my opinion. Okay, I'm not the greatest Lindy Hopper in the world (been learning only 2-3 months), but I think the dance floor is fabulous and the Art Deco just slays me. The biggest asset is the killer sound system that the Palace owns. It is one of the best venues in the city to hear a live band. Swing nights on Sunday kicked off with the Eddie Reed Big Band last Sunday; Bellevue Cadillac opened. They started almost two hours late, but it all was worth it when Eddie Reed launched into his trademark tunes.

Augmented by the sound system, the floor was packed, but not too packed, with flyin' dancers.There was even a vintage clothing contest and a dance contest with a $150 prize. ($10 entrance fee though, boo.) Admission was a pretty steep though, $15. But, I think it was totally worth it. I believe that it is 21 and over only, although they still stamped your hand after checking id, so maybe it is 18 and over after all. Lessons were given by, erm, dang, I forget the guy's name, and I don't know the good dancers by name yet--somebody and Corinne? It was a fairly perfunctory introduction to simple East Coast. Upcoming bands include Johnny Crawford and Bill Elliot. I think we should all support the Palace because it is such an incredible venue for swing. Now, if only the Palladium had swing nights...

-Julius Yang: July 20th, 1998

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