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Swing City
Live bands every Friday Night
(plus occasional other styles in "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, October 23:
Racky Thomas Band
"...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!

(starting at 7:45):
- Beginner with Karen Leeds
- Intermediate with (TBA)
(see below for more details about the lessons)

"The Annex" downstairs:
No Annex Dance this week

Join us upstairs for live music

Dear Swing City Patrons!

Have you got your costumes ready for our Halloween at Huron Ave party next Friday with "The Sweet and Low Down"???? Get your tickets in advance and save. This is a one time affair back on Huron Ave, Swing City's old home! More below or go straight to the Website & Tickets »

This Week at Swing City:

Racky Thomas is BACK! They last gigged with is in March which was as I recall an awesome show. People have been asking to have them back ever since. We hope to see you there!

Lots of plans are in the works for the venue, but in the meantime, please join us this coming and every week as we continue to establish the City Club as the new best weekly venue in town.

- Tons of free parking
- Ice Cold Air Conditioning
- Full Bar, ~$4 cocktails
- Snacks
- Great Floor (one patron was giddy with excitement recently! 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.


Got your attention?! Halloween Dance at Huron Ave! Yes indeed, the City of Cambridge is allowing us to host our Halloween Dance at the new West Cambridge Youth Center, former site of Swing City for 10+ years. Come check out the new hall, which is a beautifully architected place with all the ammenities. If this event does well, I imagine we can host dances here periodically, so please join us! Read on below...


Halloween Costume Party & Dance with "The Sweet and Low Down", Fri. Oct. 30 at 680 Huron Ave

Event Home Page »

Halloween is approaching and we've got a great dance planned for you!

  • In the brand spanking new Huron Ave location, former home of Swing City for 10+ years
  • Costume Contest, cash and other prizes
  • Featuring "The Sweet and Low Down", hit of the BIX weekend earlier this year! With the lovely and talented duo of Miss Tess and Rachel Price. A RARE Boston appearance.
  • Workshops from 7-9pm with Boston's most talented dance instructors (beginner lesson at 8pm)
  • All Ages
  • Free Munchies, Free Parking
  • FREE intro to swing lesson

Advance tickets are on sale online. $15 advance, $20 at the door, workshops are $5 each. $5 off your order with student ID. Stay tuned for the workshop schedule.

Help us out! Print a poster for the office, gym, cafe, etc!
Download .pdf:     color     black & white

Volunteer opportunities are also available. Send us email.



This week's Raffle Winnner:

Ooops! Sorry, we forgot to process the entries. We'll have two winners next week.

To claim simply contact me at

Comments on some recent 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 » )
Oct 23
Racky Thomas Band
Oct 30
The Sweet & Low Down
Halloween Party
(at Huron Ave!!!)
details »
Nov 6
Compaq Big Band
Nov 20
Roger Ceresi
Dec 11
Eight to the Bar

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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