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May 27, 2015

Midsummer Night Swing 2015 Week Two: June 30–July 4

Midsummer Night Swing

Date: May 27, 2015

Contact: Kate Merlino, 212.875.5101

[email protected]



JUNE 30 - JULY 4, 2015



The New York debut of Cachao’s Mambo All-Stars;

Direct from New Orleans: Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses;

Hawaiian swing from Kahulanui (and vintage fashion contest);


 Silent Disco following Live Sets on July 2, with Dancing to Music

Played Through Wireless Headphones


Tickets On Sale Now


May 27, 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. 


Week Two begins with the New York City debut of Cachao’s Mambo All-Stars, a group of outstanding Afro-Cuban musicians who play the music of the legendary “Father of Mambo,” Israel “Cachao” Lopez.  Then straight from the Big Easy, Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses will bring traditional, New Orleans-style jazz to the stage. Nealand, one of the few female bandleaders in the business, is a saxophonist and vocalist who draws from the repertoires of Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet and other jazz masters.  Week Two next brings Midsummer Night Swing favorite The Loser’s Lounge for their Disco Party: Thank God It’s Thursday.  They’ll be performing songs recorded by the stars in the stable of Casablanca Records, who include Donna Summer and Parliament Funkadelic. A Silent Disco will follow the live sets that night.  A wonderful change of pace happens the next night when Hawaiian Swing music band Kahulanui (the name means “The Big Dance”) plays classic swing on instruments including the ukulele and lap steel, giving the music a sweet island sound.   Week Two wraps up on July 4th with some of the best music that America ever made: the songs of Motown.  Dr. K’s Motown Revue will perform hits written by Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and others for a night of romantic memories and “dancin’ in the streets.”


Tickets are on sale now. Multi-evening Midsummer Night Passes are priced at $84 for six dances, and four dance passes are available for $60. Passes for the full season are $170. Tickets for individual evening events are $17.


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 July 2 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 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 July 2, New York’s legend at the rhythm & blues turntable – DJ Turmix – will spin for the Silent Disco, joined by DJ Bill Coleman. 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 Two:


Tuesday, June 30

Cachao’s Mambo All Stars Mambo                                                                                              **New York City Debut**

Tuesday, June 30           

Making their New York debut seven years after the passing of their founder, “Father of Mambo” Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Cachao’s Miami-based Mambo All Stars carry on his legacy.  Credited with inventing mambo in 1938, Cachao specialized in descargas, Latin jam improvisations with extended solos that are now performed by the Mambo All Stars. Made up of a peerless ensemble of Afro-Cuban musicians, the Mambo All Stars’ music brings to mind and ear the rhythms of old Havana.

Lesson: Eddie and Maria Torres teach Mambo

DJ: Ron McGugins


Wednesday, July 1

Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses New Orleans Traditional Jazz 

Drawing heavily from the repertoires of Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, and other jazz masters, The Royal Roses and leader, Aurora Nealand, breathe new energy into the genre of traditional jazz while learning from its rich history and traditions. Nealand, a saxophonist and vocalist, founded The Royal Roses in 2010, and the band quickly captured attention for making traditional songs sound both beautiful and fierce.  The band has a regular gig in The Big Easy, and they tour the country as well, keeping alive the timeless sounds of their home city.

Lesson: Heather Flock teaches Lindy Hop

DJ: DJ Tomo


Thursday, July 2

The Loser's Lounge Disco Party: Thank God It's Thursday  Disco, Funk

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 July 2 they summon the mothership of Casablanca Records, the label that was home to Donna Summer, Parliament Funkadelic, and Kiss.

Lesson: Robert Vance teaches Hustle

DJ: Bill Coleman, Silent Disco 2nd DJ: DJ Turmix

Silent Disco powered by Quiet Events at 10:00 pm


Friday, July 3

Kahulanui  Hawaiian Swing

In the between-the-wars period of the 1920s and 30s America fell in love with swing music.   There was a certain niche of swing that was filled by Hawaiian swing orchestras – musicians who played the popular swing tunes on Hawaiian instruments including ukulele and lap steel, and vocals that had a breezy harmony. Kahulanui (The Big Dance) is a band created by Lolena Naipo, J.r, a third-generation Hawaiian swing musician whose grandfather was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band in its heyday. Naipo and his band will play Hawaiian songs in a sweet, syncopated style, merging tropical ease with big band sound. Between sets there will be a vintage fashion contest, open to all ticket holders, for the best vintage duds (Hawaiian style gets extra points!)

Lesson: Paolo “Pasta” Lanna teaches Balboa and Collegiate Shag

DJ: Meredith Ochs


Saturday, July 4

Dr. K’s Motown Revue  Soul, Rhythm & Blues

One of America’s greatest musical gifts to the world is the sound of Motown. Born in Detroit, Motown music quickly captured the American audience, both black and white, and it spread to Europe and the rest of the world in short order.  It is not just the songs that people take to heart, but the memories that are associated with them.  The Supremes’ “Baby Love,” Smokey Robinson’s “Ooo Baby Baby,” and the game-changing “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye are touchstones in American culture. Dr. K’s Motown Revue faithfully brings the sound of Motown back to life, delivering the vocal sounds, memorable licks, and tight arrangements that drive audiences to the dance floor.

Lesson: Joe Palmer teaches West Coast Swing

DJ: Qool DJ Marv


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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