Live Music

Friday Night  – Mikey Jr. 

Mikey Junior



Mikey Junior –

Mikey Junior burst onto the blues scene less than a dozen years ago and since that time has amassed an impressive catalog of music and praise from both music fans and industry insiders.  He has played for blues dance audiences in Pennsylvania, and we’re so lucky to have him at Nocturne again for the second time!

Mikey Junior is known for his electrifying harmonica blues, showmanship & trademark visceral lyricism that keeps people coming back to the dance floor for more.





Saturday Night  – The Fried Bananas 


The Fried Bananas  have been making music for dancers since 2007.  Lead by Josh Fialkoff and Shawn Hershey, they happily play at swing dances, blues dances, and any combination thereof.  They’ve rocked the socks off of the biggest Blues dance weekend in the US, BluesSHOUT!, every year since 2011.  An example of their rave reviews: “Is it possible to add a ‘best live blues band I have EVER heard (for dancing)’ option for the band”.  They can play swing, hot jazz, ballads, chicago blues, and bring the funk all in one evening.  And best of all, they’ll read the crowd and do the right thing, no matter the event.



Sunday Night – Dante Zapata


Portland’s own Dante Zapata is sure to have you moving and grooving to his bluesy style and soulful vibe. Whether he is performing, teaching, or socializing,  he will surely have your toes tapping and heading bobbing through the night. Dance instructor by day and musician by night, Dante uses his knowledge of dance and music to further help bridge the gap between music and movement.