Swingline Cubs

Based in Portland OR

Swingin' since 1983, the band was christened the "Swingline Cubs" by a bartender in a rare moment of history. But no professional organization, even those specializing in a "good time," can get very far without responsible business practices. This is what separates the Cubs from the rest of the pack. We offer prospective clients a full-service office and a full-time manager dedicated to the fulfillment of band and clients' needs. This means timely contacts, calls, contracts, mailings, and accounting. Event and Wedding Reception resources, event advice, referrals, and other services are routine. This band pays its "office dues", which translates into better band business. We treat every engagement as if it were the biggest day in our clients' lives... because it often is!

Portland's Finest Singers

Larhonda Steele and Michkael Baker headline this iconic Portland band. A featured singer in her own right, LaRhonda is featured year after year at the Waterfront Blues Festival, as well as in the studio recording with everyone from Curtis Salgaldo to the Boogie Cat Norman Sylvester. Michkael Baker is well known for his Michael Jackson singing style and dancing. Upon recording our demos at Falcon Studios, one was overheard saying Michkael "sounds BETTER than Michael Jackson" when performing his music. Truly a great talent!

The Swingline Cubs play it all!

The Cubs can play Swing era favorites for the older sound like lounge music to a youth retro crowd. And for the boomers, they churn out R&B, Motown and 60's soul classics with Tower Of Power horn lines and gospel inflected vocals.  The group that specializes in guaranteeing its clients a good time wants its own party to measure up. The band's broad appeal is due in part to the deep and varied musical roots of its venerable Portland band has been around since 1983, playing festivals,nightclubs,weddings,corporate parties and other casual gigs, delighting with its superb musicianship,versatility and fun-loving spirit.

Holly : The band was fabulous!! So much fun to have music you can actually dance to!

Shannon: We absolutly loved the swing line cubs. They really exceeded our expectations! We loved the music they played and they kept all ages on the dance floor. They were open to playing or not playing certain types of musice we wanted.

Alana:  Swingline Cubs is an amazing band! They worked with us quite a bit before the wedding to help plan both our ceremony and reception music. I took one star off of flexibility because they have a set number of songs they play from (mostly older songs) and don't really stray from that. We would have liked some more modern music too. I loved looking back at our wedding video and pictures and seeing how much fun everyone had dancing to this band at our wedding. That made me *really* happy!

The Swingline Cubs, Featuring their "Jump and Swing Show Band" performs great dance music from the 30's 40's and 50's arranged for this Red Hot band comprised of some of the top West Coast jazz musicians. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! This band can play a full variety of music as well. Take a look below to see some ideas of what they can do. Swing and Jump music include always popular Sinatra hits as well as Louis Prima, Louie Jordan, Keely Smith, Peggy Lee and Even Tito Puente Mambo Music. The group is also at home playing "New Swing" but such Groups and stars as Brian Setzer, Royal Crown Review and The Daddies as well some original material from the cubs that will keep you out on the floor.

This is a well established, well rehearsed act bringing their polished act to the stage with a variety of arrangements with sizzling horns & tight vocals that never fail to amaze. Based in Portland, Oregon the group has become a "staple" of swing clubs and dancers throughout the Western US and Canada.. Their Festive spirit is a trade mark and it will never fail to infect the audience whether they are playing a party show or reception.

Their Latest Album "In Full Swing" has been receiving airplay on everything from jazz to pop stations and a listen to just a few cuts will tell you why the cubs are Junior to no other band in this genre! "With This band. Somehow it always seems like New Years Eve!" Portland After Dark

Some Of The Swing Repertoire Includes: Ain't Misbehavin', Avalon, Boogie Woogie BugleBoy, Exactly Like You, Harlem Nocturne, Jump Jive & Wail, Zoot Suit Riot, New York, New York, What A Wonderful World, Over The Rainbow, Moondance, Splish Splash, Mac The Knife, Unforgettable, A Kiss To Build A Dream On, L-O-V-E, Choo Choo Cha Boogie, This Joint Is Jumpin', The Way You Look Tonight, Makin' Whoopie, Flip Flop Fly, Old Black Magic, Paper Moon, Honeysuckle Rose, Pennies From Heaven, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Fly Me To The Moon. . You and your guests can swing the night away!!!

Variety Repertoire includes things like: Mustang Sally, Unchain My Heart, Fever, Tears Of A Clown, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Chain Of Fools, Brickhouse, Shake Your Booty, Lets Stay Together, C'est La Vie, You've Got A Friend, That's The Way I Like It, Twist & Shout, Killing Me Softly, Dance to the Music, Brown Eyes Girl, Youngblood, Sunshine of My Life, Stand By Me, Tequila, Old Time Rock and Roll, Barefootin and More!

Swingline Cubs