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Friday, Nov. 14: Racky Thomas Band
"Close your eyes and you'd think you were listening to an older, larger blues veteran. This band has the verve and juice to go national."
-- The Boston Herald

Plus Tony & Aurelie teaching and DJ'ing
Beginner's Swing lesson at 7:30

"The Annex" downstairs:
West Coast
w/ Paolo Piselli & DJ's Missy & Kim
West Coast Swing Lesson at 7:30, dancing to follow

This Week's Update

  • This week's entertainment
  • A look at some of the responses about SC
  • Advice on getting to Swing City (it's EASY!)

This week we welcome the Racky Thomas Band to Swing City! They come highly recommended by a number of our patrons and instructors. Additionally, we've got West Coast in the Annex again tonight, with Paolo, Kim, and Missy. Hope to see you there!


We got a lot of great comments and suggestions from people in regard to improving Swing City. One thing was somewhat common: a lot of people simply haven't come out yet, even dating back to the move to Newton(!).

Thus, a brief Swing City FAQ or sorts:

- MYTH: Swing City is far away and hard to get to. It's not! On the map it looks far for the people coming from the 'burbs, but if you made it to Newton, the Somerville location takes literally only 5 minutes longer to reach from Newton Corner/Mass Pike than the MacKenzie Center. It's easy highway driving all the way, and just three blocks from the highway exit. Getting to Swing City probably exen takes less time than going through various traffic lights to the past and present Watertown/Cambridge spots. Coming from Rt. 2 via Alewife is obviously local roads, but its not bad once you have it down.

- Call to action: Swing City Needs You! Many people haven't made it out to the new place yet. Now is the time! Given the economy and all the competition, it is YOU, the grass-roots past and present Swing City patrons, who are going to determine the future success. The old Huron Ave venue has been demolished, and the West Cambridge Youth Center is likely not going to host the old dances again at this point. Some people just don't know why they haven't made it yet. Come join the party! A lot of people would like to have you there.

- Smokiness resolved: we made great strides upstairs in sealing out the smoke from the basement members' lounge, and have a plan for the basement too. It is much better and will contiue to improve.

More forthcoming.

See you this Friday!
on behalf of all of our entertainers and staff


Getting to Swing City: Quite a few people have griped about finding the City Club. I ask them how they got there, and they all say, "I used my GPS". AH! NO WONDER. Trust me, it's REALLY EASY if you just follow our directions. We're just off the higway. Please don't use your GPS!! It will take you on the scenic shortcut through Cambridge and Somerville if you're coming from the Pike for example. For those people coming from western 'burbs, just take Mass Pike to I-93 North, take exit 28, make a left, left again at the second light, and park. It's maybe 10-15 minutes from Newton Corner.

The new place is the Somerville City Club, at 20 Innerbelt Road, Somerville (map). It's adjacent to the Holiday Inn near Sullivan Square, directly off I-93 and 3 blocks from the Orange Line. There are also a bunch of convenient buses that come through, ample parking, our "Annex", and of course... a FULL BAR. For those that drove to the Greek Church from I-93, you probably went right past it on Washington St. In fact it's only a little over a mile away from the Greek Church location and a few miles down the highway from Springstep.

Swing City
Live bands every Friday Night
plus other styles in "Annex"
--Located at--
Somerville City Club
20 Innerbelt Rd.
Somerville, MA 02143
(just off I-93 at exit 28)

Free Lessons*: 7:30-8:45
(*with cover)
Dancing: 8:45-1am
All ages welcome
$15 ($10 w/ student ID)
$10 Annex Only
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(617) 513-9841

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More Swing City Highlights:

  • Doors open at 7:30, dancing until 1am
  • All ages
  • Full bar
  • Ample free lot-parking
  • Easy access by MBTA (Sullivan Square on the Orange Line), or a number of buses

What people are saying:
"It was one of the best swing dances I have attended in well over a year (and I dance several times a week)."

"Nice people all w/good intentions. From the person at door to anyone I would ask questions; all have positive,upbeat(no pun intended) attitudes. And this love of Swing Dancing is obvious by all assistance kindly offered and rendered. Five Stars."

Fall Schedule:

  Swing City's Feature Band and in "The Annex"
Nov. 14 Racky Thomas Band West Coast
Nov. 21 Peter Hostage Situation Chicago Steppin' with CSSOB
Nov. 28 Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday  
Dec. 5

Closed for Private Party

Dec. 12 Bombay Jim & the Swinging Sapphires Cat's Corner 180+
Dec. 19 Roger Ceresi's All Starz Two Step/California Mix with Dee Soares
Dec. 26 Save the date:
Holiday Party!
with Eight to the Bar
West Coast

Our Fantastic Instructors and DJ's:

"Slick" Mike (It's All Swing)
Todd & Beth (ZazouSwing)
Tony & Aurelie (Hop To the Beat)
Alex and Megan
Step Step Triple Step
Nancy Murphy (Rug Cutters')

Taxi Dancers return! New dancer or coming solo? Dance with them! (Interested in becoming one? Drop me a line.)


See you on the dance floor!
Your humble "Swing City Impresario"

If you have any preferences or suggestions, please post them on the Swing City discussion board, which is--I’m glad to say--very active! We'd really like to have your opinions.