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May 29, 2014

Midsummer Night Swing 2014 Week Two, June 30-July 5, 2014

Midsummer Night Swing

Date: May 28, 2014

Contact: Kate Merlino

212-875-5101, [email protected]




WEEK TWO JUNE 30 – JULY 5, 2014


 “The Queen of Merengue” Milly Quezada

Songwriter Doc “Save the Last Dance For Me” Pomus honored by Roomful of Blues

Plus Free Screening of AKA Doc Pomus Documentary

The First Ladies of Disco featuring Martha Wash, Linda Clifford,

and Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, and Norma Jean Wright (formerly of Chic),

Salsa Legend Willie Rosario in a Rare New York Appearance, and

The Tribute to Benny Goodman from James Langton’s New York All-Star Band

featuring Dan Levinson and Molly Ryan


Silent Disco Following Live Sets on July 3, with Dancing to DJs

Played Through Wireless Headphones


May 28, 2014 – Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing will continue to celebrate the great dance bands and soloists that drive the action on the dance floor during Week Two of this eclectic dance series which is set in a specially designed open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62 Street between Columbus & Amsterdam).


Week Two of the series starts on Monday, June 30 with a special, free screening of AKA Doc Pomus in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater.  The film is about is about the life and career of rock ‘n’ roll songwriter Doc Pomus, whose music will be showcased by jump-blues specialists Roomful of Blues, who also perform hits of their own, on July 2.  Milly Quezada, an idol of the Dominican community, performs her merengue magic on July 1.


A fantastic night of disco – with appearances from the “First Ladies of Disco,” including Martha “The Original Weather Girl” Wash, Linda Clifford, and Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, and Norma Jean Wright (formerly of Chic) happens on July 3.  A legend of Latin music, bandleader Willie Rosario, will make a rare New York appearance on July 4 when his Orquesta brings the iconic hard-driving salsa that has been its signature during Rosario’s 60-plus year career. Week Two closes on July 5 with classic swing from James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band performing Clarinet a la King! The Tribute to Benny Goodman, with ace clarinetist Dan Levinson and vocalist Molly Ryan.


Following their success the past two seasons, there will be a Silent Disco, powered by Silent Frisco, on 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.  Two DJs – Hustle mainstay Bobby Morales and DJ-dancer-actor Belinda Becker – will spin different sets in each headphone channel, creating simultaneous and ever-shifting dance parties.  The Silent Disco 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.


Tickets and passes are currently on sale. 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 swing 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 begins at 7:30 pm and goes until 10 pm. Dancing continues until 11:30 pm on July 3 for the Silent Disco.


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 the 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.


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.


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 offer beer and wine bars each night, and gelato and sorbetti from L’Arte del Gelato will also be for sale.  Both credit cards and cash will be accepted.


The schedule for Midsummer Night Swing Week Two:



Monday, June 30 at 7:00 pm

Film Screening: AKA Doc Pomus

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street

The unlikely rock ‘n’ roll icon and songwriter behind the smash hits including “Viva Las Vegas,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and “This Magic Moment” is profiled in depth in this documentary directed by Peter Miller.  Director Miller and Doc Pomus’ daughter, Sharyn Felder, will hold a post-movie conversation.

Shown in association with The Film Society of Lincoln Center.



Tuesday, July 1           

Milly Quezada Merengue

Note: One set at 8:00 pm

With a musical career spanning four decades and boasting four Latin Grammys and several Billboard awards, Milly Quezada lights up the stage with her infectious Dominican merengue beat. After successfully fronting bands such as Milly, Jocelyn y Los Vecinos, Quezada started a solo career, creating hits including Solo Contigo and Quiero Ser. More than her irresistible, sonorous voice, Quezada is admired for choosing to empower women through her music in this classically male-dominated genre. It is because of her innovative lyrics and her lightning-quick, galloping rhythms that Milly Quezada earns the title of “La Reina del Merengue,” or The Queen of Merengue.

Lesson: Rodney Lopez teaches Merengue

DJ: George Nenadich


Wednesday, July 2      

Save the Last Dance For Me: Roomful of Blues Plays the Music of Doc Pomus Jump Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll

Count Basie once called Roomful of Blues, “the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard,” and in 2014 the accolades are still pouring in.  Their sound is a horn-driven blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues, and soul that makes for non-stop dancing.  On July 2 they will honor the man who got the band its first recording contract: songwriter Doc Pomus.  Pomus, one of the best white blues singers of the 1940s, turned to songwriting in the 1950s and almost immediately, with partner Mort Shuman, created hit after hit: “Little Sister,” “Lonely Avenue,” and “Viva Las Vegas” among them.  The song that remains one of the 25 most popular songs ever recorded, was “Save the Last Dance for Me,” written by Pomus, who was in a wheelchair,  for his wife on their wedding night, a story poignantly told in the recent documentary feature film AKA Doc Pomus. Pomus’ songs have reached number one on every type of Billboard domestic and foreign chart and have reached the top forty in every decade since the 1950s. 

Lesson: Paolo “Pasta” Lanna teaches Lindy Hop

DJ: Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus

Special dance performance by American DanceWheels Foundation after the first set by Roomful of Blues.

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Thursday, July 3        

The First Ladies of Disco featuring Martha Wash, Linda Clifford, and Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, and Norma Jean Wright (formerly of Chic)  Hustle

Note: Bobby Morales will play extended DJ sets with short performances by each singer.

Disco didn’t die on that fateful day in July of 1979, when thousands of disco albums were detonated in Chicago’s Comiskey Park between the games of a baseball double-header. It just went underground for a while. Some of its best practitioners, like Martha Wash and Linda Clifford, along with Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, and Norma Jean Wright (formerly of Chic) have lived to perform another day, looking and sounding better than ever.  Wash, who started out as half of Two Tons of Fun and later The Weather Girls, as well as the voice of C + C Music Factory, had huge international hits with “It’s Raining Men” and “”Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).” Clifford is best known for “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “Runaway Love,” as well as her tender duets with the late Curtis Mayfield.   The ladies from Chic, Nile Rodgers’ seminal group, recorded the songs that set the bar for the entire disco era: “Everybody Dance,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” and “Le Freak.”

Lesson: Diane Nardone teaches Hustle

DJ:  Bobby Morales

Second DJ for Silent Disco: Belinda Becker

Silent Disco by Silent Frisco at 10 pm


Friday, July 4 

Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta Salsa                           

Willie Rosario, known to his fans as “Mr. Afinque,” fell in love with music on the night he saw the legendary Tito Puente playing the timbales at the Palladium, and since that moment he has followed his calling to mesmerize audiences with his musicianship. Based in his native Puerto Rico, the renowned composer, musician and bandleader has created some of the most recognizable and adored salsa classics, such as “La Cuesta de la Fama” and “Del Barrio Obrero a la Quince.” Willie Rosario has mastered genres from boogaloo to guaguanco to mambo, taking what he learned from masters like Tito Rodríguez and putting a new spin on these urgent beats. After more than fifty years of creating and performing salsa around the world, and launching the careers of such singers as Gilberto Santa Rosa and Tony Vega, Willie Rosario was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2002. July 4th marks one of his rare returns to perform in New York City.

Lesson: Jimmy Anton teaches Salsa

DJ: DJ Broadway


Saturday, July 5        

James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band featuring Dan Levinson and Molly Ryan: CLARINET A LA KING! The Tribute to Benny Goodman Classic Swing

James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band is comprised of the cream of the crop of the city’s jazz musicians who faithfully re-create the sounds of the Big Band Era, most notably the bands of Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman.  Before he moved to the US in 2002, British-born Langton led the acclaimed Pasadena Roof Orchestra in London, a contemporary jazz-swing band. Langton has collected a massive library of original arrangements from big band greats and feels that his use of them sets his band’s sound apart from the rest.  Joining the band will be Dan Levinson, a specialist in jazz and swing whose expertise lies in performing the repertoire of the great clarinetist, Benny Goodman.  Levinson has performed on more than 75 CDs, seven under his own name, and he is a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.  His wife is the jazz songbird Molly Ryan, also appearing on July 5th, of whom Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal says, “Brings a straight-ahead innocence and total believability to the music that refuses to admit that sixty or seventy years of distractions have ever happened.  She sounds worldly wise beyond her years, wonderfully gentle and lyrical.”

Lesson: Evita Arce and Michael Jagger teach Lindy Hop

DJ: Dawn Hampton


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, Adaptive Insights, 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


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.


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