Press Release

June 14, 2016

Midsummer Night Swing Week Two, June 28–July 2, 2016

Midsummer Night Swing

Press Contact: David Clarke

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Marita Williams

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MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING WEEK TWO

JUNE 28–JULY 2, 2016 AT LINCOLN CENTER

Tickets on sale now

 

U.S. debut of Septeto Santiaguero on June 28

Fleur Seule on June 29

Evan Sherman Big Band on June 30

Charanga America on July 1

The Black Rock Coalition Get-Down Revue on July 2

Silent Disco following live sets on July 2, with dancing to DJs played through wireless headphones

 

NEW YORK, NY (June 14, 2016) — 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 Director Luqman 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.

 

The Schedule for Midsummer Night Swing Week Two:

 

Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30 pm

Septeto Santiaguero Son                                                                                                             **U.S. debut**

Right on the heels of warming diplomatic relationships, the dance floor heats up with the U.S. debut of one of Cuba’s most essential bands. Winner of the 2015 Latin Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Album, Septeto Santiaguero honed its sound at Santiago de Cuba’s famous nightclub Casa de la Trova. Balancing reverence for tradition with an adventurous streak that has sparked collaborations with salsa stars like “El Canario” and Rubén Blades, the band knows how to keep crowds moving wherever they go.

Lesson: Carlos Mateu teaches Son Cubano at 6:30 pm

DJ: Ron McGugins

 

Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 pm

Fleur Seule Ballroom

From five-star hotels to secret gin joints, Fleur Seule has been infusing 21st-century New York nightlife with the style and spirit of the 1940s. Fronted by platinum-haired, golden-voiced Allyson Briggs, Fleur Seule channels the romance of European jazz and the moxie of the all-American USO style.

Lesson: Jerry Feldman and Celia Gianfrancesco teach Foxtrot and Waltz at 6:30 pm

DJ: Gene Eagle

 

Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 pm

Evan Sherman Big Band Big Band Swing

Drum prodigy and bandleader Evan Sherman has been building buzz for his monthly late-night dance parties at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. His 17-member entourage includes jazz stalwarts alongside a fiery new generation of musicians. Together they infuse jazz-age cool with a fresh energy that drives people to the dance floor in a spirit of joy.

Lesson: Jenny Sowden teaches Lindy Hop at 6:30 pm

DJ: Ryan Mascaro

 

Friday, July 1 at 7:30 pm

Charanga America Charanga

For one night only, the block-party feel of the Boogie Down Bronx blooms in the middle of Manhattan. George and Margie Maysonet, founders of one of the great New York charangas, are giving audiences one last chance to see them live and onstage. They bid farewell to performing by giving their fans one final night of summery bliss and endless dancing. Their sons join for the second set, taking over as bandleaders and beginning a new era of the family’s musical legacy.

Lesson: Jimmy Anton teaches Salsa Pachanga at 6:30 pm

DJ: DJ Andreas

 

Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 pm

The Black Rock Coalition Get-Down Revue Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Jump Blues

With a stellar lineup of musicians, the Black Rock Coalition travels back to the origins of rock ‘n’ roll. Revelers are invited to join them in a land of 1,000 dances where Ruth Brown reigns and Big Joe Turner dominates as the brawny-voiced Boss of the Blues, while Wilson Pickett, the Drifters, and Sam & Dave crank out the hits.

Lesson: John Festa teaches West Coast Swing at 6:30 pm

DJ: Gaylord Fields, Additional Silent Disco DJs: Connie T. Empress and Monica Sharp

Silent Disco powered by Quiet Events at 10:00 pm

 

Programs and artists subject to change.

 

Midsummer Night Swing 2016 is presented by NewYork-Presbyterian

 

ABOUT LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

 

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, 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 16 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program,  David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 40 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit LincolnCenter.org.

 

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Midsummer Night Swing 2016 is presented by NewYork-Presbyterian

 

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

 

Additional support for Midsummer Night Swing is provided by 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

 

American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center

 

Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center

 

NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center

 

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center

 

“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi

 

Artist Catering provided by Zabar’s and Zabars.com

 

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