Midsummer Night Swing Week Two Kicks Off 6/28
New York's greatest outdoor dance party - Midsummer Night Swing - adds magic to summer evenings in the city with dancing under the stars in the open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center (West 62nd Street between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues). From June 21 through July 9, Midsummer Night Swing brings together people of all ages, at every skill level, and from diverse backgrounds for 15 evenings of social dance. Acclaimed bands will play as dancers Lindy hop, salsa, hustle, Charleston, tango, and more.
Week Two kicks off on June 28 with the U.S. debut of Cuban Latin Grammy Award-winners Septeto Santiageuro, who will play from their repertoire which represents a journey through popular Cuban music with an emphasis on the traditional. On June 29,Fleur Seule presides over the evening with their alluring blend of cherished swing hits, jazz standards, and ballroom classics along with original songs penned by vocalist Allyson Briggs. 23-year-old Evan Sherman, a drum prodigy and the youngest band leader in Midsummer Night Swing's history, leads the Evan Sherman Big Band, features 17 of the most talented up-and-coming jazz musicians alongside veterans of the industry, on June 30. On July 1, George and Margie Maysonet play their final live performance with Charanga America, passing the leadership of the band on to their sons George Jr. and Elliot. Musical DirectorLuqman Brown has assembled a stellar band to explore the origins of rock 'n' roll with celebratory musical fete The Black Rock Coalition Get-Down Revue, which will feature the music of Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, Wilson Pickett, and more on July 2.
Tickets: Multi-evening Midsummer Night Swing Passes are priced at $84 for six dances and $170 for the full season. Four-dance passes are available for $60. Tickets for individual evening events are $17. For $100, a group of four will receive the Dance Ambassador Package, which grants admission to the dance floor, free bag check for four, and one complimentary glass of wine or beer per guest.
Each evening of Midsummer Night Swing is a ticketed event. The night begins with a dance lesson at 6:30 pm for all skill levels with some of New York's foremost instructors. Lessons are included in the price of admission. Live music and dancing begins at 7:30 pm and lasts until 10:00 pm. Dancing continues until 11:30 pm on June 23 and July 2 for the Silent Discos.
The Swing box office is located in the lobby of David Geffen Hall at Broadway and 65th Street. Tickets for individual events and passes can be purchased in advance at the David Geffen Hall 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 at MidsummerNightSwing.org.
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, ticketholders are entitled to exchange for another performance or a refund. Passholders are not entitled to a refund. If a performance has begun and is cancelled after 8:30 pm, exchanges or refunds are not offered.
Silent Discos: Following their success the past three seasons, there will be Silent Discos, powered by Quiet Events, on June 23 and July 2. At the Silent Discos, dancers are provided with wireless headphones to listen to extended DJ sets after the live music ends at 10:00 pm. While casual observers see a seemingly bizarre public ritual as dancers revel to the "silent" beats, the dancers are actually part of an exhilarating public/private dance party. On June 23, Bill Coleman, DJ Rimarkable, and Qool DJ Marv will spin different sets in each headphone channel, creating simultaneous and ever-shifting dance parties. Gaylord Fields, Connie T. Empress, and Monica Sharp will be spinning on July 2. Silent Discos will continue on the dance floor until 11:30 pm. Wireless headsets are free with that night's live show ticket, or $5 at the door for the Silent Disco only, subject to capacity.
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