I m not sure about you, but I am feeling very grateful that it finally feels like summer, which is perfect, since Midsummer Night SwingMessage 1 of 1 , Jul 6, 2009View Source
I’m not sure about you, but I am feeling very grateful that it finally feels like summer, which is perfect, since Midsummer Night Swing kicks off tomorrow night. I can think of few better ways to start a celebration than with the funky swing of New Orleans , and the irrepressible Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers will be here to make sure we party right.
Individual tickets are still available, but you can also get 6-dance and season passes to give you a discount on admissions, and guaranteed admission to the dancefloor, even on sold out nights (and we are close on one already). The 6-dance passes are good for up to 2 people per night, so you can share them with your favorite dance partner.
Tomorrow night, after the event, I also want to invite you to keep partying with us at an informal opening night afterparty in the Lobby Bar of the Empire Hotel, just across the street at 63rd Street , between Broadway and Columbus . Barcelona’s (well, now NYC’s) DJ Turmix will be spinning, and if you come with your dancefloor wristband from the night, those opening a tab with a credit card will get their first 2 drinks at 50% off.
The rest of the week is equally stellar:
On Wed, we celebrate Lincoln Center ’s 50th Anniversary with the legendary Chubby Checker, and a night of The Twist, The Pony, Limbo Rock and more.
Thursday, don’t miss the thundering, hard-driving big band swing of the Woody Herman Orchestra, led by Frank Tiberi, who was handpicked by Woody himself to lead the band.
Friday night, we have an amazing double shot of African music that spans West, Central and East Africa . Occidental Brothers Dance Band International were a big hit at globalFEST this year with their classic take on old-school Ghanaian highlife (plus a tasty re-interpretation of New order’s Bizarre Love Triangle). And Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga make their first NYC appearance in nearly 16 years! Samba’s infectious mix of Kenyan benga and Congolese rumba and soukous was most recently heard on a praise song he wrote for Obama, which was produced by Occidental Brothers’ Nathaniel Braddock (though this will be the first time they share a bill. Might there be a collaboration????) Our friends at Afropop are organizing an informal Club Afropop meet-up this night, so come connect with some fellow Afropop fans, too.
All of this is just week one! Read further about other upcoming shows, ranging from Melba Joyce’s co-ed all-star big band, the NY debut of Otros Aires electro-tango and of course, the Lincoln Center edition of the Ponderosa Stomp, celebrating the unsung heroes of American popular music, with a night of classic soul, r&b and funk, and a night of rockabilly. And our colleagues at the Lincoln Center Festival also present a night in association with Ponderosa Stomp celebrating the Creole Beethoven, Wardell Quezergue.
This summer, Lincoln Center has created a new partnership with the Wall Street Journal with a series called Summer Scoops. One week from Wednesday, July 15. Journalist and blogger (are they now different or the same?) Larry Blumenfeld, who has been one of the primary writers documenting the cultural scene in New Orleans especially post-Katrina, leads an incredible panel with Ponderosa Stomp founder Dr. Ike, soul singer Tami Lynn, and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, who will also perform.
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans ?
Wednesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center
Trumpeter and film composer Terence Blanchard, singer Tammy Lynn, and Ira "Dr. Ike" Padnos, the founder of the Ponderosa Stomp, a festival dedicated to promoting American roots music, gather to tell the city's untold stories and to reveal the fight to preserve art and culture in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, in discussion with Larry Blumenfeld, who writes about jazz for the Wall Street Journal. A live performance by the Terence Blanchard Quintet concludes the evening.
Ticket price: $30
$22.50 student tickets available! Students may buy up to four tickets in advance at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office or online at lincolncenter.org. For online purchase use promo code STUWSJ25. Students must present a valid student ID when purchasing or picking up tickets at the box office.
From Larry: “This panel is an outgrowth of my writing about New Orleans during the past four years for The Journal and other publications. Trumpeter Terence Blanchard is one of this generation's most powerful jazz voices, via his trumpet, his band, and his wide-ranging film scores; his 2007 CD A Tale of God's Will is among the most articulate and pointed musical responses to Katrina. Tammy Lynn possesses a singular voice, fierce one moment, tender the next; more so than perhaps any other New Orleans-bred singer, she blends R&B with bebop, owing to her work decades ago with the landmark AFO collective. And Ira “Dr. Ike” Padnos supports New Orleans culture in many less-than-obvious ways; through his “Ponderosa Stomp” he's quite visibly revived careers, thrilled aficionados, and created one of the great American-music celebrations.”
That’s it for the moment – hope to see you on the dancefloor this week.
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Start your summer right on July 7 with Midsummer Night Swing! Buy $15 single tickets to your favorite swing, salsa, soul, tango, and rockabilly nights, or experience the full gamut by purchasing a Six-Night Pass ($80) or a Season Pass ($145), both of which provide guaranteed admission to the dance floor and big savings. For dance fanatics, enthusiastic beginners, and everyone in between, Lincoln Center ’s Damrosch Park is the city’s hot spot.
The season kicks off with swingin’ New Orleans flair, featuring trumpet player and vocalist Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers. West African highlife with a dash of American fusion, the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International strikes up its energetic, dance-friendly music while African hit-maker Samba Mapangala & Virunga mix rippling Congolese rumba and soukous with earthy Kenyan benga.
The Big 3 Palladium Orchestra recreates the legendary musical battles that occurred between the giants of 1950s mambo: Machito, Tito Rodriguez, and Tito Puente, while the New Swing Sextet evokes the heyday of salsa and boogaloo, introducing elements of jazz and pop.
Melba Joyce & Her Big Band comprise a rare, co-ed, all-star big jazz band, and Catherine Russell and Cat & the Hounds Swing Band know their way around a song, whether she’s shimmying through a barrelhouse stomper or dragging her weary heart through a torchy juke joint number.
For Tickets or Swing Passes :
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Avery Fisher Hall Box Office
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Made possible in part by grants from Daisy and Paul Soros
and Charina Endowment Fund.
Sponsored by American Ballroom Company and Bloomberg.
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