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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, Feb 19:
"Racky Thomas Band" (aka Racky's Back in Town)
"...A swinging, straight ahead Blues Band. These guys are giving 100% all the time."
-- Blues Audience Magazine

Racky and Company rocked the house last March last at Swing City, & patrons have been asking to have them back ever since. Join us!

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

Dear Swing City Patrons!

What a great time we had with the Love Dogs at Huron Ave last week. The house was full! Good news: the City is willing to consider some more "regular" events there, and we're going to meet with them about it. Stay tuned for details. Bad news: someone took it upon themselves and snuck in a bottle of booze, which is a clear no-no. The City is not happy about that and what it could do is force us to search bags, have security details, and whatnot. I'm all for drinks at the dances, but please do legally.

Also note, our band schedule is FILLED until June. See the right sidebar or the website. We've got lots of great acts, including some of our solid/favorite regular acts, and also some new ones that we hear are great. We're delighted to host so many bands (over 30 different ones in the last two years) and appreciate your support for these talented musicains.

Next week we've got Satch Romano's "Mighty HouseRockers", sure to be a joy.

This Week at Swing City: Racky's Back in Town! "Racky Thomas Band" at the Somerville City Club

Racky is always a hit! Don't miss the fun tonight!

Mike Jonas will be teaching intermediate Swing tonight, and he always has something special in mind. Also, Karen Leeds will teach the beginner class. Both are at 7:45. Classes by the way have been HUGE lately, so be sure to come for those. Beginner and intermediate, so you can find a class that suits you and still bring your friends. Plus, it's a GREAT way to meet people if you're new to the scene.

We have lots of plans in the works for the venue, 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

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 Winner:

Lydia Denial, Congratulations!

You win 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 » )
Feb 19
Racky Thomas
Feb 26
The Mighty HouseRockers
Mar 5
Compaq Big Band
Mar 12
Fat City Band
Mar 19
Sweet Willie D and the Continental Walk
Mar 26
Dave Birken & the Hot Shots
April 2
Roger Ceresi's All Starz
April 9
Sax Gordon
April 16
Love Dogs
April 23
Black & White
April 30
Gas House Gorillas (NYC)
May 7
Winiker Swing Orchestra
May 14
Racky Thomas Band
April 30
Gas House Gorillas (NYC)

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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