Carleton presents an Evening with The ’53 Swingbillies

Jan 24 2014 8:00 pm
Carleton College Concert Hall

Carleton College is pleased to present a not-to-be-missed performance by The ’53 Swingbillies, taking place Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

The ’53 Swingbillies honor several musical traditions, including Gypsy Jazz, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Swing. 1953 being the year that both Django Rheinhardt and Hank Williams died, as well as the year that guitarist/singer/songwriter Mark Kreitzer and fiddler Tom Schaefer were born, there may well be a cosmic connection beyond a love of the music! The band is rounded out with bassist/vocalist Chuck Kreitzer and percussionist Anthony Ihrig.

An infinitely danceable band, The ’53 Swingbillies offer a sophisticated, fresh take on all things swing and country. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes!

Acclaimed folk musician Mark Kreitzer is a lecturer in American folk instruments at Carleton. He plays and teaches the banjo, mandolin, mandola, mandocello, fiddle, Dobro and bass. In addition to his award winning instrumental skills, he is an award winning songwriter, member of the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame, and currently teaches songwriting at Cretin-Derham High School in St. Paul. In 2012, he wrote the music for an adaptation of Mark Twain's "Life On The Mississippi." Kreitzer performs solo and with his own Mark Kreitzer Band, as well as with the gypsy jazz bands Mill City Hot Club, and Clearwater Hot Club, and the traditional New Orleans influenced band Patty and the Buttons. He can be seen sitting in with many other local bands, including Becky Schlegel, Rugged Road, the Southside Aces and French 75. His songs have been recorded by Joe Carr and Alan Munde, Becky Schlegel, the Middle Spunk Creek Boys, on his solo recording "Pages," and the self-titled "Mark Kreitzer Band" CD on the Okey-Dokey record label.

Listen to samples from The ’53 Swingbillies online at

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of Music. For more information, including disability accommodations, please call (507) 222-4475. The Concert Hall is located on First Street, between Nevada and Winona Streets, in Northfield.

The '53 Swingbillies