Swing City Update
This Friday we welcome back "The Swing Legacy",
definitely a solid band that we've hosted many times.
Writes the Globe:
“The Swing Legacy brings an exceptional understanding
to the music of the Swing era. Henry Francis and his
band appreciate the repertoire and the musicianship
behind these great compositions, and they honor the
full range of emotions that underpinned what is too
often misrepresented these days as merely facile, good-time
music. This is one of the rare class acts of 21st Century
— Bob Blumenthal - Boston Globe
Please join us for a beginner Swing lesson with JJ
Williams, no partner necessary, a night of rich live
music, dancing, affordable cocktails (yes, $4, cheapest
in town), lots of cool fun people of all ages, and some
Recent Swing City Photos in the Photo
Update on Intermediate Lessons (Starting in
We've received a lot of good response on our proposed
Adv. Beginner/Intermediate lesson program. In the next
few weeks, were going to launch a new set of lessons
at Swing City which gives you a choice of three, count
'em, three lessons!
1) Intro Swing, East Coast/single step. Fun, exciting,
easy, designed for the first timer or if you haven't
danced in a long time and want to brush up the basics.
2) Adv. Beginner/Intermediate, triple step, taught
by some of your favorites, Boston's finest Swing talent
we've been featuring plus some new folks you'll want
to meet. This lesson will assume you already know basic
Swing dance steps and it will feature something different
each week so you'll be able to learn lots of new skills
and brush up some of your old moves.
3) The Annex downstairs: featuring on different nights,
West Coast, Chicago Steppin', 2-step, and more.
All three lessons will be from 7:30-8:45 as usual.
For 1) and 2), if you're a more experienced dancer,
you'll have a lesson you can take while any novice friends
you brought can take the intro class. Both will upstairs
concurrently (trust us, it works...!)
We hope you'll join us.
This week's Raffle Winnner:
Congratulations to Judy Somberg! The winner each week
gets a a pair of tickets to Swing City plus occasional
other stuff people give us for you. To claim, simply
- 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.
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
- What's up with
the smokiness? 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 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 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