Music and Dance Line-Up

  Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra   Michael Arenella is a musician, crooner, bandleader and impresario best known for leading his Dreamland Orchestra at his Jazz Age Lawn Party on New York’s Governors Island. Michael’s love of Jazz Age culture inspired him to throw the first Jazz Age Lawn Party in 2005 for an intimate group of friends and fellow torch carriers of a bygone era. While first timers might have thought it a historical reenactment, to Michael, his orchestra and his admirers it was all genuine. For Michael, the Jazz Age never really ended, it just fell asleep. Today, he reawakens it wherever he plays. Now, whether on Governors Island or South Beach, this living legacy is again vital within the zeitgeist of the present.

Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra

Michael Arenella is a musician, crooner, bandleader and impresario best known for leading his Dreamland Orchestra at his Jazz Age Lawn Party on New York’s Governors Island. Michael’s love of Jazz Age culture inspired him to throw the first Jazz Age Lawn Party in 2005 for an intimate group of friends and fellow torch carriers of a bygone era. While first timers might have thought it a historical reenactment, to Michael, his orchestra and his admirers it was all genuine. For Michael, the Jazz Age never really ended, it just fell asleep. Today, he reawakens it wherever he plays. Now, whether on Governors Island or South Beach, this living legacy is again vital within the zeitgeist of the present.

  Drew Nugent and The Midnight Society   Philly’s premiere hot jazz band! Drew Nugent is a jazz musician and composer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His primary instruments are piano, trumpet, voice, and believe it or not, the tea kettle! Nugent and the band specialize in playing in the traditional "hot" jazz style of the 1920s. His band, known as the Midnight Society, is regarded as one of the best in the business, and has been together over 10 years. Under Drew's leadership, they bring forth an authentic, yet original approach to an art form over 100 years old.

Drew Nugent and The Midnight Society

Philly’s premiere hot jazz band! Drew Nugent is a jazz musician and composer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His primary instruments are piano, trumpet, voice, and believe it or not, the tea kettle! Nugent and the band specialize in playing in the traditional "hot" jazz style of the 1920s. His band, known as the Midnight Society, is regarded as one of the best in the business, and has been together over 10 years. Under Drew's leadership, they bring forth an authentic, yet original approach to an art form over 100 years old.

  Queen Esther and Her Quartet   Queen Esther will be paying tribute to jazz royalty of yore. An award-winning jazz vocalist, songwriter, actor and librettist, Queen Esther nurtures what she describes as her Black Americana sound. After an implosion of songwriting creativity, numerous recording sessions and much prayer and hand-wringing, she self-released her latest album “The Other Side” – described as “the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year” by Paste magazine.

Queen Esther and Her Quartet

Queen Esther will be paying tribute to jazz royalty of yore. An award-winning jazz vocalist, songwriter, actor and librettist, Queen Esther nurtures what she describes as her Black Americana sound. After an implosion of songwriting creativity, numerous recording sessions and much prayer and hand-wringing, she self-released her latest album “The Other Side” – described as “the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year” by Paste magazine.

  John A. Petty II, Master of Ceremonies   John A. Petty II, founder of Philly Seersucker Vintage Bike Ride & Picnic Social, and Dandies and Quaintrelles – Philly, describes himself as a gentleman cyclist, vintage enthusiast, Dawn's Husband, and advocate for all that is good. Dandies and Quaintrelles - Philly, an informal organization of Vintage Enthusiasts based in the Delaware Valley, celebrate aspects of the Jazz Age, such as the automobiles, the protocol, the quality and substance, but perhaps most of all the dancing, the music and the clothing!

John A. Petty II, Master of Ceremonies

John A. Petty II, founder of Philly Seersucker Vintage Bike Ride & Picnic Social, and Dandies and Quaintrelles – Philly, describes himself as a gentleman cyclist, vintage enthusiast, Dawn's Husband, and advocate for all that is good. Dandies and Quaintrelles - Philly, an informal organization of Vintage Enthusiasts based in the Delaware Valley, celebrate aspects of the Jazz Age, such as the automobiles, the protocol, the quality and substance, but perhaps most of all the dancing, the music and the clothing!

  The Fishtown Footers   Performing for the first time! This troupe is choreographed by Roddy Caravella, who specializes in many early jazz dances. He has trained under world-renowned dance greats, such as Frankie Manning and Sandra Cameron.

The Fishtown Footers

Performing for the first time! This troupe is choreographed by Roddy Caravella, who specializes in many early jazz dances. He has trained under world-renowned dance greats, such as Frankie Manning and Sandra Cameron.

  Evan Cory Levine - Exclusive Performance   Evan Cory Levine is a dynamic, Philadelphia-based entertainer, bandleader and producer who has been lauded as a “virtuoso and absurdist performer.” He is widely in-demand as a guitarist, banjoist, ukuleleist, and vocalist for ensembles specializing in 1920s jazz music, but his full artistic range is both diverse and timeless. You can catch him at various venues around town with his group, The Singular Band, or as a solo performer for public and private events alike.  Evan will be the exclusive entertainer for Gatsby River Cruise ticket holders.

Evan Cory Levine - Exclusive Performance

Evan Cory Levine is a dynamic, Philadelphia-based entertainer, bandleader and producer who has been lauded as a “virtuoso and absurdist performer.” He is widely in-demand as a guitarist, banjoist, ukuleleist, and vocalist for ensembles specializing in 1920s jazz music, but his full artistic range is both diverse and timeless. You can catch him at various venues around town with his group, The Singular Band, or as a solo performer for public and private events alike.

Evan will be the exclusive entertainer for Gatsby River Cruise ticket holders.