From the Charleston to the Foxtrot
Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra is the world's premier Jazz-Age dance orchestra, steeped in the hot-dance band tradition of the 1920s and early 1930s. Their size ranges from a full dance orchestra to smaller incarnations as they play their "Hot-and-Sweet" music anywhere that fine and eclectic tastes meet. Like his Jazz-Age avatars, Michael Aranella moved from rural America to New York where he entered music school. Disenchanted, he shortly made his departure from the gloomy conservatory halls and set out to bring his lost music into the daylight. Though his initial audiences were subway commuters, he eventually made his way above ground and founded his Dreamland Orchestra, which now hosts the acclaimed Jazz Age Lawn Party, a sultry bi-annual event, now six years strong, on Governor's Island.