Dear Swing City Patrons!
We have quite a few things for you to read about this
week. Highlights include the Boilermaker Jazz Band in
a couple weeks, presenting Fat City Band this week,
and also note that our early Fall schedule has been
filled in completely with plenty of great acts. See
you this Friday!
Square Segways into the Sole Swing Source
In what is bound to the most controverisial move in
the Boston Swing Dance scene of late, what has already
been talked about using terms like "speechless"
and "dumbfounded", Boston Swing Central announced
their new venue last weekend, which is a mere 914 ft
(yes, FEET) from the doorstep of Swing City. There is
an old industrial loft-type building around the corner
from the City Club which I actually looked at myself
in late May or so. It was ruled out because it requires
a commercial lease, quite a lot to get into. Anyway,
welcome to the neighborhood, guys...
The ramifications of this move certainly remain to
be seen, and who knows, it might all work out in some
big happy family reunion of sorts, but one thing is
for certain folks:
IF YOU WANT TO DANCE ON FRIDAYS
YOU'LL HAVE TO COME TO SULLIVAN SQUARE!
Ah, never a dull moment.
This Boilermaker Jazz
Band at Swing City, Friday Oct. 9
out! Print a poster for the office,
gym, cafe, etc!
Download .pdf: color
In a rare New England appearance, the Boilermaker Jazz
Band is debuting at Swing City a week from Friday at
the Somerville City Club! This will be an exciting event
with a full house, and we are featuring 2 hours of workshops
with some New England's hottest instructors, and an
intro lesson to warm up. Several venue improvement will
be in place by then as well.
Tickets for this event will be limited and cost $20.
Advance tickets may be purchased on our website, and
include the workshops for FREE! Tickets at
the door are also $20, but do not include the workshops
and may be limited based on advance sales. Be sure to
reserve your ticket now. (Note: $5 off as usual for
Also a limited number of volunteer slots are available,
so please contact us if you would like to help out in
lieu of admission.
AND TICKETS »
Featured workshop instructors:
Tony & Aurelie (Hop to the Beat)
Todd and Beth (Zazous Swing, Providence)
Alex & Megan
Adam LaMontagne and Nicole
Please check the website for more details and ticketing.
This Week at Swing City:
Making their debut appearance at Swing City, the "Fat
City Band" joins us this week! This band was recently
discovered by several of our regular and dancers and
music critics, and comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. We do like
to bring new acts to Swing City, some admittedly more
appropriate than others (hey, what's learned without
trying), but this one most assuredly will get your thumbs
up! So please join us!
Alex Megan will be teaching intermediate and DJ'in,
and Karen Leeds heads up the beginner class, both at
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
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 Winnner:
Bob Furhent (sp? bobio@...) You win
a pair of tickets!
To claim simply contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.