Revitalizing Swing

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Klamath Falls, Ore. – Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based vintage jazz band intent on bringing swing back to a new generation. On Friday October 12th at 7:30pm the Pickles will take to the Ragland stage with a high energy authentic big band sound and look that celebrates the unique American spirit of swing.

Long before jazz became a spectator event, it was dance music. The big bands that played swing made their reputations on being able to flood the floor with dancers. Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles are on a mission to bring back those days. Formed in Denver in 2013, and led by trumpeter Joe Smith, the band has been focusing on dance oriented swing since their 2015 release High Fidelity. Now expanded into an octet plus a vocalist, they hope to revive the music that got America swinging.

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Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles does a magnificent job of replicating not only the music, but the general atmosphere of the era as well. This is music that takes skill and dedication to perform correctly, as the high standard was set by the originators. The Spicy Pickles are recognized for their sensational live performances. This small group-style swing band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show with the beloved charm of big band swing from the late 30’s and early 40’s.

"You’re not going to want to miss Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles,” said Michael B. Miles, Associate Director of the Ross Ragland “Their music will make you want to get up and swing”

Tickets for the event range from $15-$24 before transaction fees. Student, Senior, Military and low income discounts available. 

This show is sponsored by Staunton Family Farms and Fisher Nicolson Realty, with co-sponsors Harold & Sally Heaton, Joan Staunton, Marcella Bell and Jeff & Theresa Silver.

The 2018-19 performance season is sponsored by Wynne Broadcasting, Klamath Falls News, Basin Mediactive, Herald and News, Forward Vision Media, Oregon Arts Commission, NBC, Stacy & Dennis IT Solutions, News Watch 12, Fisher Nicolson Realty, Turn Thom Point S Tire & Auto, Waste Management and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Ross Ragland Theater’s mission is to provide high-quality performing arts and educational experiences that enhance community life in the Klamath Basin.The Ross Ragland Theater is located at 218 North 7th Street in Klamath Falls. Telephone 541-884-LIVE (5483) for ticket information and reservations or visit the theater’s website at to purchase tickets online and learn more about the theater. The box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and two hours prior to show time the day of any weekend show.

Press release provided from The Ross Ragland Theater.