Lincoln Center's 23rd season of Midsummer Night Swing kicks off on Monday, June 27th with a FREE Dancer Appreciation Night. Fans of New York's hottest outdoor dance party can try out the new dance floor at the band shell in Damrosch Park as they lindy hop to the sound of the Jonathan Stout Orchestra featuring Hilary Alexander. Dancers are invited to visit MidsummerNightSwing.org and submit their email address in order to win a free pair of tickets. Winners will be announced on June 13th.
Next up is a tribute to the dance history-making TV show Soul Train on the occasion of its 40th Anniversary. On June 28th saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and trombonist Fred Wesley - famous for their work with James Brown - will perform along with special guests Martha High and Fred Ross. Original Soul Train dancer Tyrone Proctor will be the dance instructor, and the legendary Biz Markie will deejay a set guaranteed to get the crowd bumpin'. The evening will also showcase video clips from the show that changed forever the way America dances.
On June 29th the classic music of the Big Band era will be showcased by the Swingtime Big Band, 20 of the best musicians around. On June 30th the sizzle builds with the Eternal Tango Orchestra, led by bandoneón master Hector Del Curto. By July 1st it can't get any hotter - the incendiary samba king Diogo Nogueria comes direct from Rio for his New York debut. The flames flare on July 2nd when Aurora y Zon del Barrio brings salsa greats Yomo Toro and Larry Harlow to the stage.
Each evening of Midsummer Night Swing is a ticketed event, with a special, free, ticketed event opening the season on Monday, June 27th. The night begins with a dance lesson at 6:30 pm for all levels with some of New York's foremost instructors. Lessons are included in the price of admission. Live music and dancing is at 7:30 pm until 10 pm. All events take place on an elevated dance floor in Damrosch Park.
Midsummer Night Swing 2011 is sponsored by Macy's.
Midsummer Night Swing is made possible in part by grants from Daisy and Paul Soros
and Charina Endowment Fund.
New this year: Developed by Restaurant Associates' very own celebrity chef Ed Brown (Ed's Chowder House, "Iron Chef"), Restaurant Associates will debut "Street Food BBQ" during the run of Midsummer Night Swing. Guests and dancers alike can dine on street food by the country or region that the music is from, including Texas barbecue, New Orleans po' boys, Japanese campfire dogs, tacos and much more - all for under $10!
Tickets and passes are on sale now. Multi-evening Swing Passes are priced at $90 for six nights, and $160 for the full season. Tickets for individual evening events are $17.
The Swing box office is located in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, Broadway and 65th Street. Tickets for individual events and passes can be purchased in advance at the Avery Fisher box office or beginning at 5:30 pm on the night of the event at a box office in Damrosch Park. All major credit cards will be accepted. Tickets and passes can also be purchased through CenterCharge, 212-721-6500, or by logging on to www.MidsummerNightSwing.org. Twitter users can sign up to follow Midsummer Night Swing @LCSwing for ongoing news and updates.
Rain Policy Midsummer Night Swing makes every effort to present each event of the season, as long as unpredictable weather allows. Performance cancellations due to inclement weather will not be announced until 8:30 pm on show night. In the case of cancellation, ticket holders are entitled to exchange for another performance or a refund. Pass holders are not entitled to a refund. If a performance has begun and is cancelled after 8:30 pm, exchanges or refunds are not offered.
The schedule for Midsummer Night Swing's Week One:
Monday, June 27
Jonathan Stout Orchestra featuring Hilary Alexander Big Band Swing Founded by two veteran swing dancers, the Jonathan Stout Orchestra is music for dancers, first and foremost. Both Jonathan Stout and co-founder Hilary Alexander recognize the excitement of music that begs to be danced to - the music of the 1930s and 40s - and they and their fellow musicians deliver it. The band follows the templates of Benny Goodman and Count Basie with their tight and aggressive sound. Their soloists bring the fire to every number.
Lesson: Heather Flock
DJ: Ryan Swift
Dancer Appreciation Night: June 27th is the night to celebrate summer and try out the new and improved dance floor - Midsummer Night Swing opens with this FREE special event. Entrance is by lottery; dancers should visit MidsummerNightSwing.org to submit their email address for a chance to win tickets. Holders of Swing Passes are encouraged to enter. Winners will be notified by email on June 13th and will receive admission for two.
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