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May 30, 2013

Midsummer Night's Swing 25th Anniversary: Week Two Highlights (July 2-6, 2013)

Midsummer Night Swing

Date: May 30, 2013

Contact: Kate Merlino


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Week Two July 2 – 6, 2013 Highlights:

Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks

Fourth of July Battle of the Bands

The George Gee Swing Orchestra (East Coast)

vs. Mora’s Modern Rhythmists (West Coast)

DJ Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance Off featuring vocalist Young Jessie

and King James and The Special Men direct from New Orleans

“Silent Disco” Following Live Set on July 5, with Dancers Hearing Music

Only Through Headphones

Vintage Costume Contest on July 4th with Prizes for Best Retro Red, White, & Blue Outfits

Midsummer Night's Swing, New York’s most dazzling outdoor dance party ? takes place Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 25—July 13, on the elevated dance floor in Damrosch Park on West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Week Two kicks off on July 2 with the iconic New York big band, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, known nationally and internationally for their swinging 1920s and 30s sounds in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and films such as Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown. July 3 will be a night of classic R&B, with Philly’s Urban Guerilla Orchestra playing sweet soul grooves to pack the dance floor. On July 4th a Battle of the Bands will take place between East Coast favorite, The George Gee Swing Orchestra vs. Mora’s Modern Rhythmists from the West Coast. Gee’s Chick Webb-inspired Savoy Ballroom sound will be matched against the more mellow notes inspired by Los Angeles’ Palomar Ballroom of the 1920s. July 5 brings the dancing back up a few decades with DJ extraordinaire Jonathan Toubin spinning his collection of 45s for an extended “maximum rock and soul” set, along with live performances by rediscovered R&B vocalist Young Jessie. Making their New York debut that night will be a group of ace session musicians from New Orleans, King James & The Special Men. Week Two closes with sizzling Colombian salsa as performed by La Sonora Carruseles.

Midsummer Night Swing 2013 is sponsored by Macy’s

Midsummer Night Swing is made possible by The Charina Endowment Fund and Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams/The Williams Capital Group, LP.

Tickets and passes are on sale now. Multi-evening Midsummer Night Passes are priced at $84 for six nights, and $170 for the full season. Four night passes are available for $60. Tickets for individual evening events are $17.

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 until 10 pm.

• 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 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.

Silent Discos powered by Silent Frisco On the night of July 5, following the regularly-scheduled night of live music and dancing at approximately 10 pm, a “Silent Disco” will take place on the dance floor and around Damrosch Park, continuing until 11:30 pm. Free with that night’s live show ticket, or $5 at the door for Silent Disco only, subject to capacity.

The schedule for Midsummer Night Swing, Week Two:

Tuesday, July 2

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Ballroom, Big Band Swing

Formed in 1976 and alumni of the very first Midsummer Night Swing season, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are a quintessentially New York big band, known internationally through performances, recordings, film soundtracks, and TV broadcasts. Most recently, the band won a Grammy Award for their work on the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, and they have performed in movies including Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, and the mini-series Grey Gardens and Mildred Pierce. Band founder Giordano is also “an invaluable historical resource” (The New York Times) of the music of the 1920s and 30s, and he has used that knowledge to inform the band’s film and TV work. The Nighthawks have a standing weekly gig at Sofia’s Restaurant in New York’s Times Square, where their many fans can revel in the bold and brassy big band sound that makes the band famous.

Lesson: Eva Carrozza teaches Ballroom and Swing

DJ: Heather Flock

Wednesday, July 3

Urban Guerilla Orchestra R&B, Motown, Soul

Representing the gold standard of the play-anything, brass-bolstered party band, the Urban Guerilla Orchestra is the sum of its members’ collective experience, which include gigs with everyone from Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys. The nine-member group has been playing together for many years, continuing the “TSOP” (The Sound of Philadelphia) soul tradition that had its heyday in the 1970s with the songs of Gamble and Huff for Teddy Pendergass, Harold Melvin, and groups like MFSB and the Three Degrees. Urban Guerilla takes that great tradition and funkifies it into the here and now.

Lesson: Lawrence Bradford teaches Hand Dancing

DJ: Qool DJ Marv

Thursday, July 4

Battle of the Big Bands: The George Gee Swing Orchestra vs. Mora’s Modern Rhythmists Big Band Swing

As the only Chinese-American swing big bandleader in the world, New York’s own George Gee has been leading a group of the city’s finest musicians for more than twenty years at concerts, swing dance events, and as the house band at the popular club Swing 46 in Manhattan’s theater district. On July 4th, George Gee and his Orchestra will embrace the high-stepping swing sounds of Chick Webb, the bandleader who discovered Ella Fitzgerald, from Harlem’s historic Savoy Ballroom. As the centerpiece of a national series of bouts which will include Los Angeles and Washington DC, Gee will do battle against Dean Mora’s California swing outfit, the Modern Rhythmists, noted for the more mellow Tommy/Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman-like sounds of LA’s Palomar Ballroom during the between-the-wars era.

Lesson: Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach Collegiate Shag

DJ: Adam Lee

• On July 4th there will be a costume contest for those wearing the best red, white, and blue vintage costumes. Dancers dressed as Uncle Sam, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Betsy Ross, or Rosie the Riveter (or anyone else) will compete for prizes during the intermission between sets.

Friday, July 5

Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance Off featuring Young Jessie and King James and the Special Men

**New York Debut of King James and the Special Men**

Jonathan Toubin, the internationally famous DJ behind the New York Night Train parties, has built his career on a vast collection of obscure 45 rpm records and the “ultimate sonic boom” sound that they provide. Toubin only plays 45s at his events, as these records were recorded in the 1950s and 60s, which in Toubin’s opinion, was the zenith of American music. On July 6th Toubin will spin his finest “maximum rock and soul 45s” for an outdoor version of his Soul Clap party, complete with a Dance-Off competition. Musical guests will be King James and the Special Men, a group of top New Orleans session musicians who deliver old-school R&B straight from the Ninth Ward. They’ll be making their New York debut, along with re-discovered soul vocalist Young Jessie, formerly with The Flairs and The Coasters, and also known for his solo hits including “Mary Lou” and “Hit, Git and Split.”

Lesson: Spencer Weisbrod teaches Jitterbug

DJ: Jonathan Toubin

Silent Disco by Frisco at 10 pm

Saturday, July 6

La Sonora Carruseles Salsa dura, Boogaloo

Hardcore, driving salsa of the 1970s – salsa’s golden age – is played with abandon by La Sonora Carruseles, a band from Colombia that is beloved by salsa lovers around the world. Their spidery piano lines, tight polyrythm, explosive brass riffs and staccato cowbell patterns are hard to resist, reinvigorating a classic style with power and bravado. Not content with revitalizing old-school salsa, La Sonora Carruseles also plays the sweetly nostalgic dance music known as boogaloo. They imbue these musical styles from the past with expert musicianship, an infectious sense of fun, and a respect for the traditions that bring legions out onto the dance floor. They will be joined by Miami powerhouse vocalist Elaine Hernandez, “La Sirena de la Salsa.”

Lesson: Rodney Lopez teaches Salsa

DJ: DJ Turmix

Midsummer Night Swing 2013 is sponsored by Macy’s

Time Out New York is the media sponsor of Midsummer Night Swing

Midsummer Night Swing is made possible by The Charina Endowment Fund and Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams/The Williams Capital Group, LP

Additional corporate support provided by Movado

Additional support for Midsummer Night Swing 2013 is provided by Amtrak, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center

Operation of Lincoln Center’s public plazas is supported in part with public funds provided by the City of New York.

Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and Zabar’

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center

Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center

United Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center

WABC-TV is the Official Broadcast Partner of Lincoln Center

William Hill Estate Winery is the Official Wine of Lincoln Center

“Summer at Lincoln Center” is sponsored by Diet Pepsi and The Wall Street Journal

Modern Luxury Lounge sponsored by Celebrity Cruises

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Books, Lincoln Center Dialogue, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.

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Programs and artists subject to change.

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