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",
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.
Friday at the Swing City / Somerville:
"Sax Gordon & Little Town Rockers"
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
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.
Week's Raffle Winners:
Congratulations! You have won a pair of tickets to
Swing City. To claim simply contact me at email@example.com
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 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. 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.