Lincoln Center's annual Midsummer Night Swing 2017 kicked off last night with the Count Basie Orchestra, and a spirited Lindy Hop lesson and performance. For any fans of jazz, blues, big band swing, ballroom, salsa, and even hustle and Argentine Tango, the festival is a must.
Even if you don't consider yourself a dancer, go and listen to some great music al fresco; there's no charge to listen in the immediate area, the only charge is for entrance to the dance floor, and you can either buy individual tickets or series tickets.
Here are the details:
Dates: June 27 – July 15, 2017
Location: Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, 62nd Street and 9th Avenue.
Group Dance Lesson is 6:30-7:15pm
Live Music Sets at 7:30pm-8:30pm and 9pm-10pm (except for the Saturday July 15 Kids Dance, 3-4:30pm)
Single Tickets: $17 per person in advance, or $20 per person day-of
Season Pass: $170 is valid for 16 entries to the dance floor
6 Dance Pass: $84
4 Dance Pass: $60
Note that no bags or purses are allowed on the dance floor. Best to leave bags at home, but if you do bring a bag, you must use the bag check which costs $3 per bag (passholders receive one free bag check per entry).
Wednesday, June 28: Don Perignon y La Puertorriquena (Salsa)
Thursday, June 29: The Loser's Lounge: DISCO! (Hustle)
Friday, June 30: Margi & The Dapper Dots (Ballroom: Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha)
Saturday, July 1: The Binky Griptite Orchestra (Blues)
Tuesday, July 4: David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (Lindy Hop , Swing Jazz)
Wednesday, July 5: Issac Delgado Orchestra (Salsa)
Thursday, July 6: Ron Sunshine and his Orhestra and The George Gee Swing Orchestra (Big Band Swing, Lindy Hop)
Friday, July 7: Joe Bataan (Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Cha-Cha)
Saturday, July 8: Nu Disco LIVE! (Indie, Disco, Funk)
Tuesday, July 11: Eddie Montalvo (Salsa)
Wednesday, July 12: Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders (Lindy Hop)
Thursday, July 13: The Aces of Rhythm (Argentine Tango)
Friday, July 14: Texas Dance Hall Tour with Dale Watson & Ray Benson (Two-Step)
Saturday, July 15: LC Kids Dance, 3-4:30pm (Dancers of all ages can learn merengue, tango, salsa and swing)
Saturday, July 15: Harlem Renaissance Orchestra Plus the Ambassador Prize Lindy Hop Dance Contest (Lindy Hop)
After the 6:30pm-7:15pm Lindy Hop lesson, instructor Akemi Kinukawa, her partner, and several other dancers performed a Lindy Hop exhibition dance:
At 7:30pm, The Count Basie Orchestra started playing. There was a festive mood as veteran and new dancers alike danced Lindy Hop and Jitterbug.
Do you plan to dance or enjoy the music at this year's Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing?
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