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

Free Lessons*: 7:45-8:45
(*with cover)
Dancing: 8:45-1am
All ages welcome
$15 ($10 w/ student ID)
directions »
(617) 513-9841
"Hosting fine Swing and Lindy Hop Dancing in Boston since 1994"

Friday, May 28:
"'Sax' Gordon & the Little Town Rockers"
Sax Gordon & the Little Town Rockers' are one of the most exciting and in-demand performers carrying on the great tradition of American Rhythm & Blues Saxophone. With astonishing ability and virtually unmatched energy, Gordon brings rocking sax workouts, swinging classics, gutbucket Blues, and deep ballads alive like none other.

Featuring Mike Jonas of "Step-Step-Triple-Step at 7:30
- Beginner with JJ Williams
- Intermediate with Mike Jonas
(see below for more details about the lessons)

Dear Swing City Patrons!

Our forth foray into the West Cambridge Youth Center last week, with Roger Ceresi's All Staz was once again a smashing success, with about 200 people in attendance. Clearly people like the space, and it's only going to get better as we figure out all the bells and whistles it has to offer in terms of sound equipment, lighting, furniture layout, etc. Thank you all for your support!

We're also delighted in that the success there will enable us financially to continue to make improvements at the City Club, which continues to be our home every other week, when we're not at Huron Ave. Our next Huron Ave date is Friday, June 18, with Eight to the Bar.

Contest: we're trying to figure out what to name the two different events. e.g. Swing City "Uptown/Downtown", "Somerville/Cambridge", "Classic", etc. We want to distinguish the venues so that people don't get too confused. Send me your ideas and if we use them we'll comp you some tickets.

Contest Winners: More raffle winners down below! Be sure to check.

This Friday at the Swing City / Somerville:
"Sax Gordon & Little Town Rockers"

BIX Special this Week:
Show your BIX weekend pass credentials and get $5 off admission (i.e. only $10, or $5 for students).

"Sax" Gordon has vaulted his way into the ranks of our "favorite bands". If you haven't heard him play his horn, he is truly phenominal, plus he's got a great stage presense and is a terriffic guy to boot. We don't get him too often in Boston since he tours a lot, so join us in welcoming him back this Friday at the City Club for nothing less than a great night of Swing dancing!

Mike Jonas will be teaching the intermediate Swing lesson this week and DJ'ing the breaks. Also, JJ Williams returns to teach the beginner class. Both are at 7:45. Classes have been HUGE lately, so be sure to come for those. Beginner and intermediate levels are concurrent, so you can find a class that suits you and still bring your friends who might be at a different level. Plus, the classes are a GREAT way to meet people if you're new to the scene.

Swing City at the City Club, the best weekly Swingin' 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

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, a great night out for only $15 ($10 with college ID), the cheapest cocktails in town, and a super vibe! Read, "Boston's official Cheap Date."

Tons of Swing City Photos are in the Photo gallery

See you there!

A Note on Parking

Please use the huge free lot to the LEFT of the main entrance of the City Club. The lot to the right is the club members' parking and they get annoyed when it's filled with other cars. Simply turn into the driveway before the awning, proceed through the gate in the fence, and park in the large lot.

This Week's Raffle Winners:

Jay MacDuffie
Steve Ngunjiri

Congratulations! You have won a pair of tickets to Swing City. To claim simply contact me at


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

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.

Coming Up!
( full schedule » )
May 28
Sax Gordon & Little Town Rockers
June 4
June 11
Love Dogs
June 18
Eight to the Bar
(Huron Ave)
June 25
July 3
tba (Sat, Huron Ave)
July 9
July 16
Fat City Band
(Huron Ave)
July 23
Rockin George Leh
July 30
City Rhythm Orchestra , Philly
(Huron Ave)
Aug 6
Gas House Gorillas, NYC
(Huron Ave)
Aug 13
Aug 20
tba (Huron Ave)

Latest Photos!

Swing City Field Trips

Swing Instructors, bring your students, earn a little extra on the side.

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Taxi Dancers are in!

Until 10:30 we have friendly volunteers to dance with everyone and anyone, so if you don't have a partner or are new, "Catch a Cab"! more »

If you'd like to apply to be one of our taxi dancers,
send us a note »


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."

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 are in the house! 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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