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Tired of the same old band?   ...It's time to demand more from your music

2018 marks 20 years since The Slicked Up 9's first swung at Lehigh University.  From the outset, it's a memorable year for the band, opening for one of their inspirations - The Cherry Poppin' Daddies - for the 2nd year in a row and booking 2 shows at the legendary Musikfest in Bethlehem PA - their 11th and 12th times at their home town festival!

 

The Slicked Up 9's unleash a high-energy tribute to the original R&B music - Jump Blues. Decades ago Jump Blues was belted out from blazing horns to steaming dance floors, forgotten soon after as it was simplified, watered-down, and repackaged as Rock 'n Roll for the mainstream. 

Now in the 21st Century, the 9's draw upon blues, jump, swing, jazz and rockabilly influences to remind the world that music can be rich with colorful soul, driving with heavy swing, and blaring with dynamic exuberance that either brings you to your feet... or knocks you back on your seat.​

The 9's history speaks for itself, but nothing can be as convincing as experiencing a live show in the flesh- hearing a wall of sound explode from the 5-piece horn section, feeling the pounce of the upright bass on your chest, seeing a collection of handsome fellas loving what they do and surrounded by audience members who can't hold back their clapping, their dancing or wherever the beat takes them.

The Slicked Up 9's play homage to the incredible music of the Jump Blues artists of the past, laying down the groove for dancers of every generation.  But they also can flex their notes and put on an incredible party for your wedding or private event... if you want some swingin' tunes interchanged with funk, the 80's or whatever else... or if you want Sinatra all night, these are the 9's for you!


So if you dare to take your experience to a new level, make the Slicked Up 9’s experience a part of yours!

Here’s what others have had to say...


"The Slicked Up 9's are the absolute best band ever...thank you all so much for another stellar performance. The event would not be the same without you! ...I cannot thank you enough for setting the stage that established the best party 
atmosphere for the Bear Affair Thursday evening. I cannot begin to tell you how many people raved about the music, your style, and the presentation."
-Jan Hatchard, Director of Development, Philadelphia Children’s Alliance

“What’s better than a guaranteed good time with a phenomenal live swing band? Pretty much nothing! The boys from The Slicked Up 9‘s were all I hoped for and more. They brought a mixed crowd of fun-loving, swing-jiving fans out in the sweltering heat and performed with more energy and stamina than most can do at the perfect venue. Did I mentioned they looked great at the same time?! What a terrific band to work with!” 
-Farah Vallera, Program Coordinator, Bethlehem Musikfest Association Summer Concert Series

"It was fantastic. You guys all sounded excellent and everyone had a blast. No one could stop talking about how great the band was!" 
-Eastern University Swing Club

"Thank you for making our wedding amazing! We still find ourselves talking about how great you were and going over all the songs you played. In no way would it have been the same without you guys. I hope you had half as much fun as we did."

"Thanks for doing such a great job and making our wedding reception such an awesome event! I heard nothing but compliments on our reception and entertainment. The music was great!"

"The ease in which you and the band set up, the attentiveness you showed to the venue and the joy [The Slicked Up 9's] exhibited while playing really did make our wedding. Thank you!!!!"
-Various wedding clients

“On behalf of the US Tennis Agency …thank you for performing at the US Open. You were a big hit with the crowds. Keep up the good work and thanks for doing a great job.” 
-Ric Cherwin, The Ric Cherwin Agency, entertainment promotions for the US Open Tennis Championship

“The Slicked Up 9's have an untouchable talent when it comes to wing-tip tappin', suspender stompin', fedora flippin' swing. The boys add a raw edge to the swing scene with a fantastic combo of originals and covers, both from this swing generation and the one past. The 9's are fast approaching stardom, so it is recommended that you see them now, so you can say, ‘I knew them when...’”
-Ali Fisk, Swing Club president, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

“The Slicked Up 9's are not only a fantastic sounding band but they get the students moving, and at Lehigh that's a chore!  The band members are professional, personable and very easy to work with; not a big ego to be found in the group. The band members look and act of the part of the "swing era", they're fun, exciting and very entertaining!” 
-Ginger DeBias, Student Life, Lehigh University 

“The Slicked Up 9's were professional and fun. Based on their performance from last year alone, they had a crowd of people waiting outside for the band to start. As long as The Slicked Up 9'e were playing, people were dancing.  Not even half way through the night people were already requesting another night of swing music with the band.” 
-Carrie Baker, Lafayette Activities Forum, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Past Gigs
  • Musikfest- 13th & 14th time in 2019 !

  • Opened for The Cherry Poppin' Daddies - 2x (2017/2018)

  • Opened for The Brian Setzer Orchestra

  • Opened for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

  • Opened for Johnny Boyd (of Indigo Swing)

  • Philadelphia's Welcome America 

  • Bethlehem Mayor Callahan's Inaugural Gala 

  • WDIY's Anniversary Celebration - Live Radio Broadcast

  • US Open Tennis Championship-3 shows

  • The State Theater, Easton PA

  • Sunnybrook Ballroom 

  • Steel Stacks, Bethlehem PA - 6 times

  • Rittenhouse Row Festival, Philadelphia 

  • Riverfusion, Bethlehem 

  • Dorney Park Bandstand 

  • Lehigh Valley Blues & Jazz Fest

  • PENN’s Spring Fling 

  • Millenium Music Conference, Harrisburg

  • Wildwood Crest Bandstand

  • Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

  • Beach Haven NJ Bandstand

  • Hazelton Funfest

Noteworthy Rooms
  •    Crystal Tea Room, Philadelphia PA

  •    Steel Stacks, Bethlehem PA

  •    Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe PA

  •    The Twisted Tail, Philadelphia

  •    Warmdaddy's, Philadelphia PA

  •    Brooklyn Brewery, NYC

  •    Windows on the World, World Trade Ctr, NYC

  •    Zanzibar Blue, Philadelphia PA

  •    Bourbon & Branch, Philadelphia PA

  •    RUBA Club, Philadelphia PA

  •    The Wooden Match, Bethlehem PA

  •    Pig Pen Sports Bar, Allentown PA

  •    Crocodile Rock Café, Allentown PA

  •    The Crowbar, State College PA

  •    Joe Pop’s, Long Beach Island NJ

  •    Shorty’s, Kutztown PA

  •    The Number 5, Binghamton NY

  •    The Icehouse, Bethlehem PA

  •    John Street Bar & Grill, NYC

  •    Blaggards Pub, NYC

  •    Blue Parrot Bar & Grill, NYC

  •    O'Donoghues, Hobocken NJ

  •    Atlantic Jazz Yard, Rehoboth DE

Swing Dance Venues
  •    Swingkat at the Ballroom on High, Pottstown PA

  •    Saturday Night Fishfry, Philadelphia PA

  •    Chevy Chase Ballroom, DC

  •    Connolley's, NYC

  •    Commodore Barry Club, Philadelphia PA

  •    Philadelphia Swing Dance Society

  •    Jersey Jumpers

  •    The Supper Club, NYC

  •    Jack Rose Restaurant, NYC

  •    Swing 46, NYC

  •    The Five Spot, Philadelphia PA

  •    Allentown Swing Dance Society

  •    Lehigh University Swing Club

  •    Princeton University Swing Club

  •    Eastern University Swing Club

  •    TCNJ University Swing Club

College Performances
  •    Binghamton University

  •    DeSales University

  •    Drexel University 

  •    East Stroudsburg University

  •    Eastern University

  •    Goucher College

  •    Lafayette College

  •    Lehigh University - over 40 Shows! 

  •    Moravian College

  •    Muhlenberg College

  •    New York Universtiy (NYU)

  •    The Crowbar at PSU

  •    Princeton University

  •    Rosemont College

  •    St.Francis College

  •    Shippensburg University

  •    SUNY Binghamton

  •    Susquehanna University 

  •    Sweet Briar College

  •    The College of New Jersey 

  •    University of Pennsylvania

  •    Washington & Lee University 
     

Media Coverage

 

Service Electric TV 2 (several live broadcasts)

  • WLVT 39’s Tempo! 

  • WFMZ-TV 69 

  • WPVI Channel 6 ACTION NEWS

Hours of live interviews and album airplay:

  • WDIY 88.1

  • WZZO 95.1

  • WLVR 91.3 

...among other radio stations. 

Print Articles:

  • The Morning Call

  • Express Times

  • Lehigh Alumni Bulletin

  • Lehigh Valley Style

  • Lehigh Week

  • The Stroud Courier

  • The Valley Voice

  • Philadelphia Inquirer 

Benefits 
  •    Philadelphia Children's Alliance

  •    American Red Cross

  •    The Academy of Music

  •    St Christopher's Foundation For Children

  •    The Philadelphia Orchestra

  •    Make-A-Wish Foundation

  •    Allentown Community Bike Works

  •    Freedom Valley Disability Center

  •    American Cancer Society

  •    Leadership Harrisburg

  •    Leukemia Society

  •    Swing 46 Homeless Drive Dance

  •    21st Century Society

  •    Illick's Mill Project

   ...Among Other Benefits

Awards 


Lehigh Valley Style Award Winners 
“...25 Faces, places and organizations who are making an impact on life in the Lehigh Valley” 

      -Lehigh Valley Style Magazine

Lehigh Valley Music Awards 

  • 2003 Best Jazz Group 

  • 2005 Best Live Jazz Performance 

  • 2006 Best Live Jazz Performance

2002 Musikfest’s Original Band Competition Winners 

 
 
 
 
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