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"Hosting fine Swing and Lindy Hop Dancing in Boston since 1994"

Friday, May 15:
"The Jailhouse Seven"
Swing City Debut!
The Missisippi Rag reports: ...Boston band that performs interesting head arrangements of well-known standards in a lively manner with feeling, sometimes with passion...the group plays ensemble very well, especially on the front line, and there are interesting solos plus a few vigorous vocals...

NOTE: This band comes highly recommended by Alex and Megan. Join us in welcoming them to our linup. Made up of many members of the "Riverboat Stompers", their Dixieland influence is likely to make for a very lively dance tonight! Click the picture for their myspace site and some tracks.

Lessons at 7:30:
- Beginner with "It's All Swing" instructors
- Intermediate with "Slick" Mike Smith & Keri
(No partner needed. See below for more details about the lessons)

"The Annex" downstairs:
No annex dance tonight. Join us upstairs for the "Jailhouse Seven"

Swing City Update

Photo of the week:

"Compaq Big Band" returned to Swing City
a couple weeks back for another great show!

Swing City Photos in the Photo gallery

Save the Date!

Fri. June 19: "Swingin' at the Courtyard" with "Eight to the Bar"!

Formerly known as "Swingin' at the Hyatt", we're at the Courtyard Marriott on Memorial Drive for this date, and possibly some others in June/July. Mark you calendars!

This Week at Swing City:

Another fun week at Swing City passed, with Mike Wyatt last Friday, and then a very full house for the BIX Saturday latenight.with "The Sweet and Low Down", another fantastic little band! We'll be booking them sometime soon as well, so look for that.

If you have photos of that night, please contact me.

This week the "Jailhouse Seven" is making their Swing City Debut. This band comes highly recommended by our very own Alex and Megan, and is composed of mostly members of the "Riverboat Stompers", except one guy couldn't make it so the play under "Jailhouse Seven" name. With a Dixieland jazz influence, it ought to be a very lively evening at Swing City tonight. Hope to see you there!

Larry Baxter Trumpet
Al Robinson Trombone
Bob Landoni Clarinet
Dan Murphy Piano
Tom Ruggles Banjo
Pierre LeMieux Tuba
Charlie Vaughn Drums

Please join us for lessons, a night of rich live music, dancing, affordable cocktails (yes, $4!), lots of cool fun people of all ages, and some great exercise. Bottom line, two parties for $15 ($10 with college ID), the cheapest cocktails in town, and a great vibe! Read, "Boston's official Cheap Date."

This week's Raffle Winnner:

Maria Lampros

Congrats! You've won a pair of tickets. To claim simply contact me at

More items:

  • Please join our Facebook Group
  • A look at some of the responses about Swing City
  • Advice on getting to Swing City (it's EASY!)

Facebook: Are you familiar with Facebook? It's the modern phenomenon in internet social networking. Please join our group and literally keep up with the Joneses! You need to create a free account if you don't have one, and "become a friend" of Swing City. Go Here »

Comments on our recent requests for feedback:

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 to Swing City recently, some folks 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 even takes less time than going through traffic lights to the various 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! Swing City is a great community and a lot of people would really like to have you there! Also, Swing City is definitely a great, yet inexpensive night out.

- What's up with the smokiness? Mostly Resolved! we have pretty much succeeded upstairs in sealing out the smoke from the basement members' lounge, and made good progress in the Annex too. It is much better and will continue to seal off the few remaining "leaks".

We know the City Club is not the "perfect" venue, but what place is...? The bottom line in this day and age is that this place likes us, we like them, and to that end they are willing to let us fix it up incrementally as we need. But, we need everyone's support in terms of attending the dances to make that all work. So please don't stay away until you "hear that it's good", which I hear through the grapevine from many people.

If you have your own comments to share, we'd love to hear them. Please email us at

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. GPS will take you on the scenic "shortcut" through Cambridge and Somerville if you're coming from the Pike for example, because it thinks its shorter distance. It is, as the crow flies (by a 2-3 miles), but you have to go though Cambridge traffic light hell. Take my word--take the highway route!

Thus, for those people coming from south and western 'burbs, just take Mass Pike to I-93 North, take exit 28, make a left, left again at the second light, and park in the huge lot. From the Newton Corner exit it's maybe 10-15 minutes max.

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.

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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."

Spring Schedule:

Swing City's Feature Band
(East Coast & Lindy Hop)

and in "The Annex"
(more dancing)

May 15 Jailhouse Seven  
May 22 Ricky King Russel  
May 29 Rocco and the Stompers  
Jun 5 Roger Ceresi's All Starz Chicago Steppin' with CSSOB
Jun 12 Band TBA  
Jun 19

"Swingin' at the Courtyard"
Eight to the Bar
(SPECIAL EVENT! More details forthcoming.)


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')
JJ Williams (JJ Productions)
Karen Leeds (website)

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.

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