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May 20, 2014

Midsummer Night Swing Week One, June 24-28, 2014

Midsummer Night Swing

Date: May 20, 2014

Contact: Kate Merlino

212-875-5101, [email protected]




JUNE 24 – 28, 2014


Tickets on sale starting May 22

Jazz sensation Cécile McLorin Salvant opens series with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks,


Afro-Cuban sounds from Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, with trombonist Jimmy Bosch,


Disco madness with The Loser’s Lounge Dancing Queens: The Music of ABBA,


Smokin’ jazz from The Hot Sardines, and

Grammy Award-winning The Band Courtbouillon featuring Wayne Toups,

Steve Riley, and Wilson Savoy *New York Debut*


Silent Disco following live sets on June 26, with dancing to DJs

played through wireless headphones


Hill Country Barbecue, L’Arte del Gelato, and full bars on site


May 20, 2014 – This summer Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing will celebrate the great dance bands and soloists that drive the action on the dance floor.  Taking place in a specially designed open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus & Amsterdam) Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 24 - July 12, Midsummer Night Swing kicks off with jazz artist Cécile McLorin Salvant, a sensational singer and a darling of the critics. For the first time in her career, Salvant will front a dance band, backed by one of the United States’ leading authorities in classic swing, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, in a collaboration created for Lincoln Center.  Classic tunes from Ellington to Count Basie will be on the opening menu, with a bit of Josephine Baker thrown in.


Subsequent nights will bring the potent blend of African soukous, semba, and kizomba with Cuban rhythms from Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, joined by salsa dura trombonist Jimmy Bosch.  A night of disco from The Loser’s Lounge is dedicated to the music of ABBA in honor of LGBT Pride Week.  Next up during Week One is swinging jazz New Orleans’ style from local favorite The Hot Sardines. The Band Courtbouillon – the Grammy Award-winning Cajun supergroup featuring three generations of Louisiana stars: Wayne Toups, Steve Riley (of the Mamou Playboys) and Wilson Savoy (of The Pine Leaf Boys) – performs in New York for the first time on June 28.


Tickets and passes go on sale May 22. Multi-evening Midsummer Night 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.

Special this year is the Ambassador Pass for $100.  Created in honor of the 100th birthday of Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning, whose mission was to bring people together on the dance floor, this is a chance to become a Dance Ambassador by getting friends together for a night of open-air dancing. The Pass includes:

- Admission for four to the same event

- Bag check for four

- One complimentary glass of beer or wine per guest


Each evening of Midsummer Night Swing is a ticketed event. The dance floor opens at 6:00 pm, followed by 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 begin at 7:30 pm and goes until 10:00 pm. Dancing continues until 11:30 pm on June 26 and July 3 for the Silent Discos.


The Swing box office is located in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall at 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 at Twitter users can follow Midsummer Night Swing @LCSwing for ongoing news and updates.


Food and Libations For the second year, Hill Country Barbecue will park its smoker in Damrosch Park and serve its award-winning beef brisket barbecue, pit-smoked turkey, vegetarian chili, corn bread, and side dishes to the dancing masses. Beer, wine, and sangria will also be offered.  Restaurant Associates will man full bars each night and gelato and sorbetti from L’Arte del Gelato will also be for sale.


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 Following their success the past two seasons, there will be Silent Discos, powered by Silent Frisco, on June 26 and July 3. At the Silent Disco dancers are provided with wireless headphones to listen to extended DJ sets after the live music ends at 10 pm.  While casual observers see a seemingly bizarre public ritual as dancers revel to the “silent” beats, the dancers are actually a part of an exhilarating public/private dance party.  For both evenings, two DJs – including club music authority Bill Coleman and Ubiquita Worldwide Soundsystem’s DJ Rimarkable (June 26) and Hustle mainstay Bobby Morales and DJ-dancer-actor Belinda Becker (July 3) – will spin different sets in each headphone channel, creating simultaneous and ever-shifting dance parties.  Silent Discos will continue on the dance floor 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 One:


Tuesday, June 24            

Cécile McLorin Salvant with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Classic Swing

No jazz singer performing today has captured the raves the way Cécile McLorin Salvant has. “She can hear, she can sing…her intonation is impeccable, her diction is impeccable.  It’s something special,” says pianist Aaron Diehl, who worked with Salvant on her 2013 Grammy-nominated album, WomanChild. Winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition, Salvant dazzled the judges with her expressive vocal communication, but she has never sung with a band for dancing – until now.  Salvant asked that Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, New York’s classic swing band, join her for her dance band debut.  As Salvant herself has said, “I love watching people dancing to bands. You see the music come alive.  As a musician playing for dancers, you try to push them and encourage them.  It’s collaboration.” 

Lesson: Laura Jeffers teaches Lindy Hop

DJs: Chazz Young (Frankie Manning’s son) and Norma Miller (Frankie Manning’s beloved friend and dance partner) Young and Miller were invited to participate to celebrate the spirit of “Lindy Hopper extraordinaire” Frankie Manning, who would have turned 100 years old this year.


Wednesday, June 25    

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca with special guest Jimmy Bosch Soukous, Semba, Kizomba, and Cuban Son 

Ricardo Lemvo, a native of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) of Angolan ancestry, who was brought up on the rumba rhythms of Africa, moved to Los Angeles at age 15 and was there exposed to Cuban music.  Based now in LA with his band, Makina Loca, Lemvo’s blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (Congolese soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba, sung in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala, and Kikongo) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.” His special guest, Jimmy Bosch, is a salsa dura bandleader and trombonist whose blazing, blaring notes have been featured with such Latin superstars as Rubén Blades, Marc Anthony, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, and Eddie Palmieri. 

Lesson: Carlos König teaches Mambo

DJ: Andreas P.


Thursday, June 26 

The Loser’s Lounge: Dancing Queens: The Music of ABBA and More Disco

The Loser’s Lounge is a collective of some of New York’s best musicians and singers who perform the great songs of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. According to The New York Times, they “honor pop stars from these eras and validate the zeal of music fans.” Started by session keyboardist Joe McGinty in 1993, The Loser’s Lounge has performed nearly 300 shows honoring 50 different artists.  On June 26th ? the kickoff of LGBT Pride Weekend, a community that recognizes this music as part of its cultural heritage ? they will take Sweden’s gift to dance music, ABBA, and give its hits from the late 1970s – “Mamma Mia”, “Waterloo”, and the one and only, “Dancing Queen” – a new spin under the sparkle of the disco ball.

Lesson: Maria Torres teaches Hustle

DJ: Bill Coleman

Second DJ for Silent Disco: DJ Rimarkable

Silent Disco powered by Silent Frisco at 10 pm


Friday, June 27                                 

The Hot Sardines Hot Jazz, Swing

The Hot Sardines play music to “belly up to the bar to” from the Depression-era 1930s, but there is nothing depressing about their music.  It includes stride piano, gypsy guitar, growling trombone, assorted horns, and terrific vocals, sometimes in French. Percussion includes washboard, drums, and a tap dancer. Their sound is straight-up, foot-stomping jazz, Paris via New Orleans and back again, with more than a nod to the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Django Reinhardt. Their popularity has grown enormously in recent years, with regular sold-out gigs at Joe’s Pub and The Standard.

Lesson: Heather Flock teaches Lindy Hop
DJ: DJ Miss Bliss


Saturday, June 28    

The Band Courtbouillon featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley, and Wilson Savoy Cajun *New York Debut*

Courtbouillon is a rich Cajun stew – tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and catfish served over rice – and the band of the same name serves up music just as tasty.  Made up of three giants of Cajun music ? veteran accordion player (and creator of the zydecajun sound) Wayne Toups, the Mamou Playboys’ Steve Riley, and Pine Leaf Boys’ Wilson Savoy ? The Band Courtbouillon was formed in 2011 to play the rollicking, good time dance music of southwestern Louisiana. Courtbouillon dispenses with drums and amplifiers and gets by with accordion, fiddle, guitar, and upright bass for their sound. Courtbouillon, a hit in both live shows and on Cajun radio throughout the South, won the Grammy for Best Regional Roots Album in 2013 and will make their New York debut on June 28th. 

Lesson: Fredda Seidenbaum teaches Cajun Dance and Creole Waltz

DJ: Meredith Ochs


Midsummer Night Swing 2014 is sponsored by Macy’s


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


Additional support for Midsummer Night Swing 2014 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


Bloomberg is the Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center Summer Programs


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


Time Out New York is Media Partner of Summer at Lincoln Center


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 Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Books, 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, White Light Festival, and 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.


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call

the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at (212) 875-5375.


Programs and artists subject to change.


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