This Week in Swing – July 20

This Week in Swing NYC / Eileen’s Lindy Blog is a calendar of swing dance events in the NYC area and those easily accessible to NYC.  Please make sure you scroll down to see all of the swing dancing events listed, as it includes everything announced  to date.
 
Weekly events not included in the calendar below:
Monday: Svetlana and the Delancey Five, The Back Room 102 Norfolk St. – *
Monday: The Cotton Club – http://www.cottonclub-newyork.com/?id=6, $25 cover
Mon/Tues:  Vince Giordano, Iguana, 240 W. 54th, $15 cover/$20 food/drink min.-*
Tuesday:  George Gee at Swing 46, $15, dancers discount $10 – *
Tuesday: Dance Manhattan Practice, DJ music, 9-10:30pm, Free DM Students, $5 
Wednesday:  DM Gotham City Blues, DJ music, 9-11, Free DM Students, $5
Wednesday:  Swing Party w/Jessie Bunting, 9:30pm-$10, free to Dancesport Students
Thursday:  Frim Fram at Club 412, $8
Thursday:  Them There Guys, NY Distilling Co., 79 Richardson Street, 9-11pm, No cover
Friday:  Friday Night Blues, bluesdancenewyork.com/calendar, lesson $10, dance $10
Saturday:  Fleur Seule, District M/The Row, 9pm-12am, No cover, dance floor, lesson
Sunday:  St. Mazie’s, Brooklyn.  Subject to change/cancellation – *
Sunday:  Pegu Club All Stars, Glenn Crytzer and Friends, 77 W. Houston, 6:30-9:30pm-*
Nightly:  Swing 46 – check out swing46.com - *
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Most NYC dance venues are generally crowded. Those marked with a * are restaurants and bars that tend to be very popular with dancers and may have limited space to dance.
 
Thursday, July 24
The New York Botanical Garden is hosting fabulous Jazz Age Garden Party nights, in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition on groundbreaking early 20th century women landscape architects and photographers of gardens!Come dance to Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra at the Garden this summer, and dress to kill. (Full disclosure: I work at NYBG and will be happily dancing my heart out after work).There are three nights: June 26; July 24; August 21Only 20 minutes from Grand Central by Metro-North. Tickets should be bought in advance here: http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2014/groundbreakers/evenings.php The Blues ProjectSilvania Harlem – NYC -*http://silvana-nyc.com/music.php10pm
Emily Asher’s Garden Party
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
9pm
Saturday, July 26
Wit’s End™ & the Dorothy Parker Society proudly present:
A Night of Hot Jazz Decadence at the
Hot & Lowdown Speakeasy with Portland’s Pink Lady! With bandleader Jesse Gelber!
It’s going to be hot, so come in your best jazz age lingerie, finest 1920s & 30s vintage or vintage inspired evening attire and celebrate in style with live hot nasty jazz and cold vintage cocktails in an authentic 1920s speakeasy (Texas Guinan’s Club Intime, now at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street at Broadway)!
Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society (dorothyparker.com), the drinking club with a book problem.
Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire and of course, seasonal! 1920s, 30s and 40s vintage lingerie is encouraged!
Doors open at 8pm
Free Dance Lesson – 8:30pm!
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 8pm to Midnight
At Flute Midtown 205 W. 54th (near Broadway)
Advance tickets on sale now at BrownPaperTickets.com
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/757588
Lucky Chops Brass Band
Radegast Hall-*

Brooklyn

9pm
Sunday, July 27
Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
Free dance lessons begin at 6:30pm on Pier 84 courtesy of Dance Manhattan. Live bands go on at 7pm.
Harlem Shake
100 W 124th St.
Cost – Free
Harlem Shakes and Swings!  Dine, Dance and view vintage videos of Harlem’s most famous dance – The Lindy Hop!  For more information contact THSDS at 347-873-0725.  Last minute updates on Facebook and Twitter.
3-5pm.
Monday, July 28
Scrub Board Serenaders
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
8pm
Tuesday, July 29
Fleur Seule
9pm-12am
Toshi’s Living Room
9 West 26th St & Broadway
No cover, Dance floor
A Summer Motown Soul and Harlem Swing Dance Party
The Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza
163 West 125th St., at 7th
5-7pm
The Harlem Swing Dance Society joins 125th St. Farmers’ Market for this FREE community event on the plaza.
DJ’d classics with Martha and the Vandellas, Jr Walker and the Allstars, The Temptations, The Supremes and more.
Last minute updates on FB and Twitter.  Hotline 347-709-7022
Wednesday, July 30
The Plaza Swing
This Plaza Swing favorite is a super-group of the significant side-men of the Classic Jazz Period. The musicians’ average age is in the low 80s, they have a combined 500 years of performing experience and their roots reach to the 1920s and ‘30s.
Dance lessons are at 6:30, band starts at 7 pm. In case of rain, the event will be held on Thursday, July 31, at 6:30.
Friday, August 1
George Gee First Friday
Dance Manhattan
39 West 19th St., 5th Floor
First Friday Swing Dance – Park Slope Brooklyn
Flying Home and Arturo Perez are thrilled to present a new monthly swing dance night in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The evening begins with a half-hour dance class with renowned instructor Arturo Perez, and then the dance floor opens with live 30s and 40s swing music from Flying Home–playing the music of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, with special guest singers each month!
8–11pm, first Friday of the Month.
Admission: $15 / $12 Seniors, Students, PSFC Members / $10 Kids 12 and under,  Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture  53 Prospect Park West, NY 11215 (718) 768-2972  More info at http://www.brooklynswingdance.com/
Saturday, August 2
Basement Blues (Brooklyn Swings)
August with Jenny Sowden
Workshop 2:00 – 5:30 pm
Dance
8:00 – 9:00 Intro Lesson with Jenny
9:00 – 10:00 Practica with Jenny, and more
10:00 – 1:00am DJed Dance
Cost:
Intro Lesson & Practica $10
Dance $10
Sign Up: http://www.brooklynswings.com/workshop.html
DJs:
Jenny Sowden / TBA
Practica: This is a safe space to ask questions, get tips, get feedback, try something new, it’s like a mini private with an instructor.  Practica Instructors: Jenny, and more
Venue:
Earth Wellness Cafe
397 Graham Ave.
Graham stop off the L line
only 3 blocks from the subway stop!
More info at: BrooklynSwings.com
Monday, August 4
Jason Prover
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
8pm
Thursday, August 7
Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
9pm
Friday, August 8
Baby Soda Jazz Band
7:00PM On June 13 / July 11 / August 8 At Pier 45 In Greenwich Village
Join us at Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 at 7pm to hear Baby Soda Jazz Band!
 
Lucky Chops Brass Band
Radegast Hall-*

Brooklyn

9pm

 
Sunday, August 10
George Gee Swing Orchestra 6:30PM At Pier 84 In Maritime Entertainment District
Free dance lessons begin at 6:30pm on Pier 84 courtesy of Dance Manhattan. Live bands go on at 7pm.
George Gee Swing Orchestra
 
Thursday, August 14
Jason Prover & His Sneak Thievery Orchestra
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
9pm
 
Saturday, August 16
Louis Armstrong House Museum
Hot Jazz / Summer Concert Series
Satchmo’s Birthday Celebration
Gordon and his Grand Street Stompers
2pm
Details and packages:  http://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/news/article.php?Louis-Armstrong-s-Birthday-Party-Kicks-Off-Hot-Jazz-Cool-Garden-2014-138
August 16th – August 17th
Jazz Age Lawn Party
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE:
http://www.jazzagelawnparty.com/tickets.html
Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra invite you to the beloved Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. Now in its ninth year, the event has become the quintessential outdoor celebration of the Jazz Age and its living legacy.This trip through time begins on a breezy ferry, gliding past Lady Liberty en route to NYC’s local treasure, Governors Island. Once ashore, a sprawling green awaits, nestled under a canopy of century-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, surrounded by historic architecture – a dream of the 1920s hidden right in the heart of New York Harbor.For the sixth consecutive year, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur will be our signature spirit partner. In addition, we are pleased to announce that legendary mixtress Julie Reiner (co-owner of Clover Club, Flatiron Lounge and Pegu Club) and Andy Seymour (one of America’s top mixologists) join the Lawn Party family to lend their magic to our refreshing summer cocktail list.Jazz Age Lawn Party chef Jimmy Carbone (proprietor of Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village) returns to serve up his tasty fare (including “Squab on Toast,” “Sliced Beefsteak Sandwich,” “Shrimp Roll,” “Portabello Sandwich” and fresh grilled Mexican corn) to complete your al fresco feast on the Lawn.Fabulous new features include: an additional stage for featured entertainers, brand new deluxe ticket packages, shorter lines and fun filled raffles throughout the day, along with other special surprises.

Widely anticipated by flappers, sporting gents and tiny tots alike, the event has been revered year after year by The New York Times, The New Yorker and countless media around the globe.
A delightful array of offerings abound throughout the day, including:
Performances
MICHAEL ARENELLA AND HIS DREAMLAND ORCHESTRA the world’s premier Jazz Age dance band, specializing in the Hot-Jazz of the 1920s. Conductor, composer, musician and singer Michael Arenella presents a personally transcribed songbook for your listening and dancing pleasure
THE DREAMLAND FOLLIES an Art Deco spectacle evokes Ziegfield-esque grandeur
RODDY CARAVELLA AND THE CANARSIE WOBBLERS this fun-loving dance troupe conjures the rebellious yet exuberant spirit of Roaring ‘20s youth
GELBER & MANNING BAND feuding vaudevillian lovebirds quarrel, coo and make beautiful music together
QUEEN ESTHER pays tribute to jazz royalty of yore
PETER MINTUN world’s greatest piano man
THE MINSKY SISTERS tap dance darlings delight with fancy footwork
Activities
ANTIQUE GRAMOPHONES bring to life original recordings from the 1920s
DANCE LESSONS learn the hottest dance steps of the time
VINTAGE PORTRAITS you ought to be in pictures, snapped in our Sweetheart Booth or perched upon our Paper Moon
BATHING BEAUTIES AND BEAUS PROMENADE pull that itchy wool number out of the closet and parade it for all to admire
1920s MOTORCAR EXHIBITION get up close and personal with flivvers and Tin Lizzies
CHARLESTON DANCE CONTEST see who’s the Bee’s Knees in this lighthearted dance off
THE HIGH COURT OF PIE CONTEST categories include “Mom’s Best” “Best Savory” “Most Original” and “Hobo’s Choice” (For entry email: govislandpie@gmail.com)
KIDLAND carnival games and prizes for junior gents and flapperettes
Offerings
EXPANSIVE 100’ X 100’ WOODEN DANCE FLOOR set up right on the lawn!
TWO STAGES featuring the finest Jazz Age entertainment throughout the day
ST-GERMAIN ELDERFLOWER LIQUEUR presents a variety of refreshing and enticing cocktails including the Signature St-Germain Cocktail, Sangria Flora in addition to new creations designed by renowned mixologists, Julie Reiner and Andy Seymour. Each cocktail has been handcrafted to highlight the light, refreshing taste of St-Germain.
MARTINI Sparkling Wines proudly joins the lineup of superior cocktail
offerings at this year’s Jazz Age Lawn Party. The iconic Italian winemaker
will be showcasing a full portfolio of sparkling wines for refreshing
enjoyment, including the new fully sparkling Prosecco, the aromatic Rosé
and the naturally sweet Asti. Available by the bottle, by the glass or in
charming mini bottles, MARTINI has a wine for every palate.
ICE COLD BEER, old fashioned lemonade, soda, juices, water, iced coffee and tea to whet your whistle
GOURMET FOOD MENU featuring an assortment of fresh, era-inspired entrées and picnic fare along with treats and snacks including ice cream, hot popped corn and more!
VINTAGE CLOTHING VENDORS AND ARTISANS a veritable village of timeless treasures and inspired creations to take home
DREAMLAND GENERAL STORE for your comfort and convenience offering picnic blankets, parasols, hand fans and assorted sundries
 
Sunday, August 17
Sock Hop Sundays!
Great dance music from the 50′s & 60′s!  Including Rock-n-Roll, Motown, Soul, R&B, and Doo Wop.
Now in our 11th year, we are averaging 160 rockin’ guests per event!
7:00-11:30pm
Upstairs at Iguana Cafe
240 West 54th Street btwn Broadway & 8th Ave
Admission $15, which includes coupon for $5 off house liquor, or wine/beer, or 2 free sodas, or $5 off of any food.
Questions? Comments? Email sockhopsundays@gmail.com or call Eric at 212.486.9517
www.sockhopsundays.com
 
Tuesday, August 19
Scrub Board Serenaders
Radegast Hall-*

Brooklyn

9pm

 
Wednesday, August 20
Balboa Practice Session!
With Carol Fraser’s and Jennifer Barnett’s weekly balboa classes on Wednesday’s we have an invested group on site ready to bal. So come on over, and get your balboa on!
Jennifer Barnett will be playing your favorite Bal tunes!
All levels welcome.
FREE for current Dance Manhattan students
$5 for guests
39 West 19th Street, 4th Floor
DM Students – Free; Guests – $5
 
Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
9pm
 
Thursday, August 21
The New York Botanical Garden is hosting fabulous Jazz Age Garden Party nights, in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition on groundbreaking early 20th century women landscape architects and photographers of gardens!
Come dance to Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra at the Garden this summer, and dress to kill. (Full disclosure: I work at NYBG and will be happily dancing my heart out after work).
There are three nights: June 26; July 24; August 21
Only 20 minutes from Grand Central by Metro-North. Tickets should be bought in advance here: http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2014/groundbreakers/evenings.php
 
Saturday, August 23
Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ
2pmat Pier 84
Back for its 15th anniversary, Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival pairs America’s best blues and roots musicians with three of New York City’s best BBQ restaurants, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, Delaney Barbecue and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for an unforgettable summer day on the Hudson River! Rain or Shine
2014 Blues BBQ artists
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
John Németh
Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland
Slide Brothers
Not in order of appearance. Artists and schedule subject to change.
 
Lucky Chops Brass Band
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
3pm
 
Sunday, August 24
Swing Beach Party 2014
The best beach day of the year will soon be upon us.
Come and celebrate the third edition of the Swing Beach Party 2014 at Rockaway Beach with the best things New York can offer this summer; the beach, good food, live music and swing dancing on Sunday, August 24th, 2014.
In a nutshell, we will be swinging out by the sea until the sun goes down – and beyond!
Schedule:
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.- meet and hang out at the beach. Bring frisbees, paddle balls, volley balls and Twister.
5 p.m.- It’s time to put your dance shoes on and have fun and party down at Low Tide Bar at 97th Street. Starting with a Beginners Swing Lesson.
6-9 p.m. Gordon Au and The Grand Street Stompers.
9-10 p.m. DJs battle between Roland Coneybeare and Dan Bates and during band breaks.
Low Tide Bar

97-01 Shorefront Pkwy, Rockaway Park 11693
Wednesday, August 27
Baby Soda Jazz Band
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
9pm
 
Thursday, August 28
6-8pm
Seaport Swing with Dandy Wellington & his band
Enjoy the sounds of Dandy Wellington and His Band down by the historical South Street Seaport for a total of 7 dates!!! Join us as we bring back a little history through music and dress at New York’s oldest port.
Seaport Swing with Hot Jazz by Dandy Wellington and His Band
at The South Street Seaport Front/Row Stage on the corner of Front Street and Fulton Street
Emily Asher’s Garden Party
Radegast Hall-*
Brooklyn
9pm
Friday, September 5
First Friday Swing Dance – Park Slope Brooklyn
Flying Home and Arturo Perez are thrilled to present a new monthly swing dance night in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The evening begins with a half-hour dance class with renowned instructor Arturo Perez, and then the dance floor opens with live 30s and 40s swing music from Flying Home–playing the music of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, with special guest singers each month!
8–11pm, first Friday of the Month.
Admission: $15 / $12 Seniors, Students, PSFC Members / $10 Kids 12 and under
Location:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, NY 11215
(718) 768-2972
More info at http://www.brooklynswingdance.com/
 
Saturday, September 6
Basement Blues (Brooklyn Swings)
Workshop
2:00 – 5:30 pm
Dance
8:00 – 9:00 Intro Lesson
9:00 – 10:00 Practica
10:00 – 1:00am DJed Dance
Cost:
Intro Lesson & Practica $10
Dance $10
Sign Up: http://www.brooklynswings.com/workshop.html
Practica: This is a safe space to ask questions, get tips, get feedback, try something new, it’s like a mini private with an instructor.
Practica Instructors: Jenny, and more
Venue:
Earth Wellness Cafe
397 Graham Ave.
Graham stop off the L line
only 3 blocks from the subway stop!
More info at: BrooklynSwings.com
 
Saturday, September 13
Swing Remix

Where: JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue
Band and details TBA
Saturday, September 27
You Should be Dancing
Seasonal Bash with a live swing band
 
Friday, October 3
First Friday Swing Dance – Park Slope Brooklyn
Flying Home and Arturo Perez are thrilled to present a new monthly swing dance night in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The evening begins with a half-hour dance class with renowned instructor Arturo Perez, and then the dance floor opens with live 30s and 40s swing music from Flying Home–playing the music of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, with special guest singers each month!
8–11pm, first Friday of the Month.
Admission: $15 / $12 Seniors, Students, PSFC Members / $10 Kids 12 and under
Location:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, NY 11215
(718) 768-2972
More info at http://www.brooklynswingdance.com/
 
Saturday, October 4
Basement Blues (Brooklyn Swings)
TBA
 
Saturday, October 18
Swing Remix

Where: JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue
Band and details TBA
Saturday, November 1
Basement Blues (Brooklyn Swings)
TBA
 
Friday, November 7
First Friday Swing Dance – Park Slope Brooklyn
Flying Home and Arturo Perez are thrilled to present a new monthly swing dance night in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The evening begins with a half-hour dance class with renowned instructor Arturo Perez, and then the dance floor opens with live 30s and 40s swing music from Flying Home–playing the music of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, with special guest singers each month!
8–11pm, first Friday of the Month.
Admission: $15 / $12 Seniors, Students, PSFC Members / $10 Kids 12 and under
Location:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, NY 11215
(718) 768-2972
More info at http://www.brooklynswingdance.com/
 
Saturday, November 8
Swing Dance Swing / 92Y
 
 Saturday, November 15
Swing Remix
Where: JCC Manhattan 
334 Amsterdam Avenue
Band and details TBA
 
Friday, December 5
First Friday Swing Dance – Park Slope Brooklyn
Flying Home and Arturo Perez are thrilled to present a new monthly swing dance night in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The evening begins with a half-hour dance class with renowned instructor Arturo Perez, and then the dance floor opens with live 30s and 40s swing music from Flying Home–playing the music of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, with special guest singers each month!
8–11pm, first Friday of the Month.
Admission: $15 / $12 Seniors, Students, PSFC Members / $10 Kids 12 and under
Location:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, NY 11215
(718) 768-2972
More info at http://www.brooklynswingdance.com/
 
Saturday, December 6
Basement Blues (Brooklyn Swings)
TBA
Saturday, December 13
Swing Remix
Where: JCC Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Avenue
Band and details TBA
Saturday, December 20
You Should be Dancing
Seasonal Bash with a live swing band
 
 
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