Entertainment

THE 1940s SUMMER BALL IS COMING! Climb aboard the 1940s Express and take a thrilling ride back in time.  Explore and experience a jazzy, swingin’ evening out in the 1940s WWII Era!

We honor the legacy of The Greatest Generation at the biggest and best annual USO style event in the land (hosted by a world-renowned Bob Hope impersonator)!  It’s an all-American dream come true!  Here’s what we have in store for you this year…

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered…

Dandy Wellington

Born-and-raised in Harlem, New York, Dandy is influenced by the style and skill of classic entertainers of the past but with his feet planted in the present, it’s no surprise…

The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra

We are pleased to announce this year we’ll have The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra! They will be backing up Frank and the Satin Dollz as well as playing the songs…

The Satin Dollz (coming straight from Hollywood CA!)

From all corners of the United States, the lovely Satin Dollz were brought together on one stage in 2005 to deliver top-notch entertainment reminiscent of the WWII USO Camp Shows.…

Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles

Denver’s premier vintage jazz band. Revitalizing vintage jazz for a new generation! In addition to Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles, Joe leads two other bands that focus on playing vintage…

Queen City Jazz Band

We are the Queen City Jazz Band from Denver, Colorado, USA and we play Dixieland Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Classic Jazz, Hot Jazz or whatever you call it.…

Jeremy Mohney Swing Band

Influenced by greats such as Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller, Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman and many more, but it’s easy to recognize that The Jeremy Mohoney Swing Band has…

Flatirons Jazz Orchestra

“Best Big Band in Denver” – CBS Local FLATIRONS JAZZ ORCHESTRA The Flatirons Jazz Orchestra authentically recreates the great Swing Era Big Band Jazz of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count…

Bob Hope

(aka Bill Johnson) We’re super excited to bring back 1940’s Ball favorite and Las Vegas based Bob Hope impersonator, Bill Johnson!  Bill has performed as Mr. Hope for the actual…

Frank Sinatra

(aka Derek Evilsizor) Derek is the most talented and authentic Frank Sinatra we’ve ever seen. He’s performed as Frank all over the world from Boston to Palm beach, Hawaii, Mexico…

Hosting our Hangar Stage…Professional Showman, Professor Phelyx!

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Prime Minister Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight…

General Eisenhower

Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower “This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.” [star_row]…

Carmen Miranda

aka Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha “Look at me and tell me if I don’t have Brazil in every curve of my body.

Lucille Ball

One of America’s most beloved comedians, Lucille Ball is particularly known for her iconic television show ‘I Love Lucy.’ Lucille Ball got her start as a singer, model and film…

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino Reina, was a dancer as was…

Betty Grable

Betty Grable was well known for her beauty and was widely popular in the 1940’s as a pin-up girl. Although she was not the first pin-up girl (that was Dorothy…

Ilsa Lund from Casblanca

Hattie McDaniel (Mammy from Gone With the Wind!)

Hattie McDaniel! Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1893[1][2] – October 26, 1952) was an American stage actress, professional singer-songwriter, and comedian. She is best known for her role as “Mammy” in Gone with the…

French Village Bakers

Fourty Theives of Colorado

WWII Vehicles and Re-enactors The home of H Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, “The Forty Thieves”! We are a Colorado based living history organization with…

THE 3rd Infantry Division Company “B”

THE 3rd Infantry Division Company “B” and Audie Murphy Museum WWII Re-enactors and historical WWII vehicles.

Swing Nights Denver

Denver’s premiere Vintage Swing and Lindy Hop Dance Troupe! www.denverswingdance.com Our mission at Swing Nights is to inspire, to pass on our knowledge and love of Swing to future generations,…

Boulder Swing Dance

Learn Lindy Hop and Charleston, the original dances of the swing era! Swing dancing is joyful, free spirited, and infectious. It’s unabashedly fun with a carefree style that closely reflects…

The Mile High (Shag) Club

 

Pearl Street Jive

Our Mission: To connect, inspire, and strengthen individuals and communities through the education and exploration of authentic swing dance. A group of dancers striving to improve their skills and technique…

Grey Kyle (Host)

We are very honored to have world class WWII historian Greg Kyle a part of our team! “Each year, my World War Two reenactor friends and I don the uniforms…

Celia Morrissey (Host)

Whisky LaRue (Host)

Whisky LaRue is published pin-up model, calendar girl, and coach. She is also a consultant and vintage clothing expert. She was crowned Ms. Vintage US in June of 2016. Whisky…

Karen Wibrew (Host)

Meghi Misfit (Host)

Wendy Wham (Host)

Wendy is a lover of history and the 1940’s too:)

WWII RADIO online broadcast with host Tiki Brian

Tune in online while your getting ready for the event! Music from the 40’s & WWII starts Saturday June 16th @9am (MDT) Click the radio below and tune in when we’re…

Author Elizabeth Fox

Meet the Author: Elizabeth Fox Join us for a conversation with author Elizabeth Fox presenting her book We Are Going to Be Lucky: A World War II Love Story in…

Mr. Tim

Singing big band, jazz, and American Songbook standards made famous by Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Nat “King” Cole, and more recent artists like Harry Connick, Jr. and Michael Buble, Mister…

Pete Jacob’s Wartime Radio Review Entertainment

BROADCASTING LIVE, all across America, to all the ships at sea, and to all our boys in uniform stationed abroad, this is WARTIME RADIO REVUE!” And so begins another evening…

Hosting our Hangar Stage…Professional Showman, Professor Phelyx!

Professor Phelyx is best known for his mind-reading and seeming and appearing to have time-traveled from the 1940s! He is a performer and show producer from Colorado. His internationally acclaimed…

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STEP into Spectacular Sets!
BBC Radio Jungle Outpost
All-American Drive-In Movie Theatre featuring historic film footage and authentic classic cars
STROLL along Victory Street!
Take a walk down this enchanting and delightful jungle-themed Victory St.under a canopy of lights
VIEW Historical Exhibits!
Must-see historic stations and multimedia displays throughout The Ball
SHOP The 1940s Ball Vintage Fair!
Killer-diller deals on vintage finds curated especially for you
A number of vendors offer a wide variety of vintage and collectible items for sale
Stop a cigarette girl and stock up on rations
SAMPLE International Foods!
Delicious specialty eats and treats from countries around the globe
Find a food truck that suits your fancy
IMBIBE at Tiki and Vintage Cocktail Bars!
Classic cocktails from the ‘40s plus a new spin on some old favorites
Beer and wine available too
SEE An Authentic WWII Air Show and Flybys in the Sky!
Historic WWII aircraft soaring overhead and vintage vehicles on display
Bandits, bombers and warbirds entertain and delight
SPOT Celebrity Guests from The 1940s!
Get your picture taken with Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Carmen Miranda, Betty Grable, Lucille Ball
Keep your eyes open…you never know who’s going to show up to The Ball
SWING and Swoon with Your Sweetheart!
Take a swing dance lesson
Jump into a non-stop dance party under the stars
Dance the night away in a conga line
HEAR live music of the day on 2 big stages from The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and other top notch talent!
Dead ringers for Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope
Hollywood’s singing and tap dancing sweethearts The Satin Dollz
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Come experience a 1940’s Radio Show (complete with vintage radio commercials such as WAC enlistment announcements, Chiquita Bananas, Pepsi Cola and reminders of American soldiers fighting in places far from home and the rationing required to support them) and a 1940’s WWII Movie Theater!

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You’re going to love all the new stuff this year. Get ready to experience the 40s like you’ve never imagined before!

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The minute you step through the door you’ll be stepping back in time!