What a Party Last Week!
Greetings Swing Dancers! We reopenened with a bang
and ETTB last week, with Swing City in full swing, literally!
It was great to have everyone back, at what is proving
to be the best venue we can get these days, and definitely
a diamond in the rough. We have lots of plans in the
works, but in the meantime, please join us this coming
and every week as we establish the City Club as the
new best weekly venue in town!
- Tons of free parking
- Ice Cold Air Conditioning
- Full Bar, ~$4 cocktails
- Great Floor (one patron was giddy with excitement
last week! thx)
- Easy "T" Access
This Week at Swing City:
We have back for their second appearance at SC, the
"Jailhouse Five +2"! That's Seven in my book.
We hosted them earlier this year, and what a surprise!
These guys have been giging since the 70's, and what
a bunch of characters they are. They will deliver a
fantastic range of swinging rhythms, with varying degrees
of Dixieland influence, to please all. Feel free to
make requests. They know it all I'm certain.
Also, we have Intermediate Swing Lessons with Alex
and Megan again this week at 7:30, plus Karen Leeds
The Jailhouse Five Plus Two is a collection of
seven eclectic musicians who are retired after having
significant careers in a variety of fields including
high tech, plastics, and news paper publishing. They
have been playing together for near to ten years in
various musical organizations including swing bands,
concert bands, and classical orchestras. Their organization
under this name is only a few years old but their playing
together as a Dixieland band is close to ten years.
The name, The Jailhouse Five Plus Two is inspired by
the lawless participants in the prohibition era when
Dixieland was adopted as the popular music of the time,
"The Roaring Twenties" and bootlegging, speakeasies,
bath tub gin, gangs and lawless activity was the way
of life in major U.S. cities.
TJFPT tries to capture the freedom exuded by the musical
genre and provide a connection to a past era of our
society. Happy, fast, boisterous, free, and improvisational
are all descriptors of the music. The Jailhouse Five
Plus Two hopes to bring the music and atmosphere of
the earliest form of jazz to you for your listening
and dancing pleasure.
TJFPT is comprised of the following:
Trumpet: Larry Baxter
Trombone: Al Robinson
Clarinet: Bob Landoni
Piano: Dan Murphy
Banjo: Tom Ruggles
Drums: Charlie Vaughn
7:30pm: Beginner and Intermediate
Swing Dance Lessons, no partner necessary.
9:00pm: Band goes on (DJ in the breaks)
until ~12:30am or when people leave
The great thing about the new intermediate lessons
program is that the bulk of our regular dancers will
be able to take a non-beginner class with our
rotation of Boston's top dance instructors, while still
being able to bring beginner friends for the intro lesson.
The intro class will be single step East Coast, while
the intermediate class will be taught in triple-step
and sometimes will include some Lindy and more. The
intermediate class will be different each week. Furthermore,
if either lesson is too hard or simple for you, one
can just switch to the other one as needed.
So 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."
Tons of Swing City Photos are in the Photo
See you there!
This week's Raffle Winnner:
Deb Kirchner! You win a pair of tickets!
To claim simply contact me at email@example.com
Comments on some 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.
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.
If you have your own comments to share, we'd love to
hear them. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 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.