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May 21, 2015

Midsummer Night Swing 2015 Week One: June 23–27

Midsummer Night Swing

Date: May 21, 2015

Contact: Kate Merlino, 212.875.5101

[email protected]



JUNE 23–27, 2015



The New York debut of Jonathan Stout’s All Star Orchestra featuring Hilary Alexander;

Jody Watley featuring SHALAMAR®; A Celebration of Doc Pomus


Silent Discos following Live Sets on June 25 & 26, with Dancing to Music

Played Through Wireless Headphones


Tickets Go on Sale May 20


May 21, 2015 – The 27th season of New York’s greatest outdoor dance party–Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing–takes over the open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues) from Tuesday, June 23 through Saturday, July 11.  Midsummer Night Swing will bring together people of all ages, at every skill level, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds for 15 evenings of social dance.  Dance genres presented this summer include swing, mambo, tango, hustle, salsa, disco, Lindy hop, waacking (similar to vogue-ing), and jitterbug. The bands come from across the country and around the world to entertain the most demanding and appreciative audiences they’ll ever play for – New Yorkers. 


The season starts off swingin’ on June 23 with Jonathan Stout’s All-Star Orchestra, made up of the top musicians on the national Lindy Hop scene, hand-picked by bandleader Stout.  Together with vocalist Hilary Alexander they will make their New York debut celebrating the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and the King of Swing, Benny Goodman. Week One will bring rock ‘n’ roller Nikki Hill and her band to roll through songs made famous by the architects of rock ‘n’ roll as well as original numbers.  There will a night of classic rhythm and blues and disco, with a

special appearance by the great Jody Watley featuring SHALAMAR®, an iconic disco singer from the 1980s who got her start as a Soul Train dancer.  The DJs from Mobile Mondays! will keep that party going, and our first Silent Disco will follow. Swing’s first night of Latin music will feature Orquesta SCC, a big band that plays high-energy, old-school salsa dura that is catnip to dancers. Midsummer Night Swing’s first Silent Salsa event (with DJ Geko Jones) will follow that show.  Week One closes out with a special event: a night entitled Save the Last Dance for Me that celebrates music written by the prolific and talented Doc Pomus.  His music will be performed by jump blues band Roomful of Blues.


Tickets and passes go on sale May 20. 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.


Midsummer Night Swing 2015 lead support is provided by Macy’s

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

The Williams Capital Group, LP


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 pm. Dancing continues until 11:30 pm on June 25 and 26 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.


Dance Ambassador For $100, a group of four friends getting together for one night of open-air dancing will receive admission for four, bag check for four, and one complimentary glass of wine or beer per guest.


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 canceled 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 Quiet Events, on June 25 and 26 (a Silent Salsa) and July 2. At the Silent Disco, 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 a part of an exhilarating public/private dance party.  On June 25, Mobile Mondays! DJs Operator Emz, Joey Carvello, and Natasha Diggs will spin different sets in each headphone channel, creating simultaneous and ever-shifting dance parties. June 26 will be a Silent Salsa, with DJ Geko Jones of Qué Bajo?! doing the spinning. Silent Discos will continue on the dance floor until 11:30 pm.  Wireless headset is 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 23

Jonathan Stout’s All-Star Orchestra featuring Hilary Alexander Big Band Swing            **New York City Debut**

Rarely do pre-bebop jazz and Lindy Hop enthusiasts get to dance to an orchestra of this caliber.  Guitarist and bandleader Jonathan Stout has selected some of the scene’s best musicians to form this all-star orchestra. Stout knows what ignites the dance floor and the excitement of music that begs to be danced to. The orchestra plays the music of the 1930s and 40s – and they follow the templates of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie with their tight and aggressive sound. 

Lesson: Evita Arce and Michael Jagger teach Lindy Hop

DJ: Ryan Swift


Wednesday, June 24

Nikki Hill Rock ‘n’ Roll

Nikki Hill sings raw rock ‘n’ roll with strength, passion, and honesty.  While her debut album in 2013 created a huge buzz about the singer and her band, it is in live performance that she really explodes. Hill has been called “the Southern Fireball” and “the new Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” for her unique voice and embrace of American roots music.  She and her band have jaws dropping to the floor from the U.S. to Europe to Australia and back.

Lesson: Simone Coonrod of Swinging with Simone® teaches Jitterbug

DJ: The Golden Gup


Thursday, June 25 

Mobile Mondays! Live with Jody Watley featuring SHALAMAR®  Disco, Funk

The beloved and beautiful Jody Watley got her start as a Soul Train dancer before forming the group SHALAMAR® with two male friends from that show.  They had a number of hits in the late 1970s and early 80s, including “Make That Move“, “Take It to the Bank“, and “For the Lover in You“.  Watley went out on her own in 1982 and had huge success with songs including “Looking for a New Love“ and “Real Love“ that showcased her distinctive style, voice, and singular dance moves. The body-popping style of dance that SHALAMAR® is famous for, known as waacking,  will be taught prior to the show, and the DJ crew Mobile Mondays! will be on the decks to continue the dance vibe.

Lesson: Princess Lockeroo teaches Waacking

DJ: Mobile Mondays! with DJs Operator Emz, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs

Silent Disco powered by Quiet Events at 10 pm


Friday, June 26

Orquesta SCC  Salsa Dura

Orquesta SCC stands for Orquesta Salsa Con Conciencia, and band founder Jose Vazquez-Cofresi says it is because they make music that benefits society in more ways than just sound. But what a sound!  Orquesta SCC’s 11 members play old-school salsa dura, with the brassy street sound that salsa was originally known for.  They also pay attention to the lyrics, which often deal with issues and complexities of modern life.  Their playing has a hypnotic rhythm that pulls dancers onto the floor, hopeless to try and resist.

Lesson: Jimmy Anton teaches Salsa
DJ: Geko Jones of Qué Bajo?!

Silent Salsa powered by Quiet Events at 10 pm


Saturday, June 27

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 2015 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 June 27 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, began to crank out the hits: “Little Sister,” “Lonely Avenue,” and “Viva Las Vegas” among them.  Pomus’s biggest hit, and the song that remains one of the 25 most popular 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’s songs have reached number one on every type of Billboard domestic and foreign chart and have reached the top 40 in every decade since the 1950s. 

Lesson: John Joven and Shoshi Krieger teach Blues Dancing

DJ: Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus

Special dance performance by Marcin Leszczynski and Elaina Cardenas of American DanceWheels Foundation after the first set by Roomful of Blues.


Midsummer Night Swing 2015 lead support is provided by Macy’s.


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 2015 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.


MetLife is a National Sponsor of Lincoln Center.


United Airlines is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.


WABC-TV is a supporter of Lincoln Center.


Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and


“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi.


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 Career Grants, Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, 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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