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I >Heart< Swing! with Taryn Newborne & The Easy Winners

February 16th, 2018 | Category: dances

Boston Swing Central is very excited for one of our most beloved swing dances of the year!  This Valentine’s Day themed dance will feature our custom-designed Valentines and dancing Cupids to deliver them. Dress to impress in some red and pink and get ready to send your friends (and secret dance crushes) some Valentines!

Here to put us in the mood for dancing is Taryn Newborne & The Easy Winners!

Born in Memphis and raised in Atlanta, vocalist Taryn Newborne is rooted deeply in the soil of a rich musical heritage. She has often said that she loves music so much, it hurts her feelings. After years of dancing in her local Lindy Hop scene, one of the major organizers suggested that Taryn put her own group together for dances. Taryn Newborne and The Real Deal was born. She’d finally found her home, situated between her love of singing and Lindy Hop. Since becoming a regular in her home scene, Taryn has had the opportunity to make guest appearances with Falty and the Defects, Ben Polcer, Jonathan Stout, Gordon Webster, The K-Night Owls, Michael Gamble and The Rhythm Serenaders and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band All Stars.

Lesson (included w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $18
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $15

Sorry, no passes or coupons will be accepted tonight.

Q Ballroom (formally called Extreme Dancesport)
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Black History Month – DJ Dang Mai and DJ Marta Pedrero

February 09th, 2018 | Category: dances

BSC celebrates Black History Month with our local DJs!

9pm-10:30pm  DJ Dang Mai’s set features African-American jazz artist Lionel Hampton.

10:30pm-12am DJ Marta Pedrero’s set features African-American jazz artist Billie Holiday.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $8

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Bring a Friend for FREE with Rocco and the Stompers

February 02nd, 2018 | Category: dances
Bring a friend with you to the dance this Friday and they get in FOR FREE!

BRING A FRIEND Promotion Rules:
1. To be eligible to participate in this promotion, you (the dancer) must:
   a. Have attended at least one BSC dance prior to January 5, 2018
   b. Bring a friend who has NEVER been to a BSC dance before.
   c. Arrive before 8pm so your friend can attend the beginner lesson at 8:00pm.
   d. Mention the promotion at the door before 8pm to redeem it.
   e. Bring a human friend. Imaginary friends, Lassie, ET, etc. do not qualify.
2. Offer may not be combined with any other promotions or discounts.
3. Eligibility will be at the discretion of the BSC staff.
4. Who pays? Up to you! We recommend treating your friend or settling who pays with an epic dance-off.

Dance all night with your friends to Rocco and the Stompers:

The 7-piece swing band specializes in the music of Duke Ellington and the bands his notable sidemen fronted, including Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, Barney Bigard and others.  Only from the Stompers will you hear the hottest songs of the swing era brought back from obscurity, covering hip tunes by the Artie Shaw Gramercy Five, and the Count Basie and Benny Goodman small groups. Led by Boston-based arranger/composer Danny Rocco Fratina and stocked with the best local players, Rocco and the Stompers are here to get you on your feet with music for swing dancers of all experience levels.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Beantown Swing Orchestra

January 26th, 2018 | Category: dances

The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in performing big band dance charts from the Swing Era, all transcribed from the original vintage recordings by trumpeter Danny Fratina.  Some of their favorite arrangers include Fletcher Henderson and Sy Oliver, whose work was performed by Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmie Lunceford.   With most of its musicians in their twenties, Beantown Swing Orchestra is a true representation of the young and energetic big bands of the 1930s.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Kind of a Big Deal (Saturday) – Gordon Webster Band

January 20th, 2018 | Category: dances

Join us for night two of Kind of a Big Deal Weekend at the beautiful Hibernian Hall featuring Gordon Webster Band and DJ Paul Loschak (aka DJ Loveschak)! AND don’t miss the Kind of a Big Deal Weekend contest finals!

Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability.

Lesson (solo jazz): 7:00-8:00pm
Dancing: 8:00pm – 12:30am
General Admission:$35 at-the-door
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID):$27 at-the-door

Advanced ticket purchase available at www.kindofabigdealweekend.com

Sorry, no passes or coupons will be accepted tonight.

Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street
Boston, MA 02119
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Kind of a Big Deal (Friday) – Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia with Gordon Webster (NOTE: 7PM LESSON TIME)

January 19th, 2018 | Category: dances

Join us for the Kind of a Big Deal Weekend opening dance at the beautiful Hibernian Hall featuring Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia with Gordon Webster! Don’t miss the Kind of a Big Deal Weekend contest prelims during the first band break.

Tamar Korn has been a New York-based vocalist for the last decade, playing a repertoire steeped in traditional New Orleans and early jazz, western swing, and American roots music. Her formative years were with one of the pioneers of New York hot jazz revival, The Cangelosi Cards, and she now leads her own band, A Kornucopia. Her love is of singing songs both lyrically as well as playing her voice “instrumentally”. Tamar has toured throughout North America, as well as to Scandinavia, France, Lithuania, China, and the Caribbean and has appeared at venues all over New York.

Lesson (beginner swing): 7:00-8:00pm
Dancing: 8:00pm – 12:30am
General Admission:$30 at-the-door
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID):$23 at-the-door

Advanced ticket purchase available at www.kindofabigdealweekend.com

Sorry, no passes or coupons will be accepted tonight.

Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street
Boston, MA 02119
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Justin Meyer & The Meyertet

January 12th, 2018 | Category: dances

Justin Meyer is the bassist for the Phil McGowan & Easy Winners amongst many other projects and he has been booking the Easy Winners when Phil is not available. So we have encouraged him to spin off this new found band leadership into his own Meyertet. This is their debut.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

 

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Bring a Friend for FREE with Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners

January 05th, 2018 | Category: dances
Happy New Year, dancers! Did you have a blast dancing with us in 2017 and now wish some of your friends would join you in 2018? You’re in luck! Bring a friend with you to the dance this Friday and they get in FOR FREE!

BRING A FRIEND Promotion Rules:
1. To be eligible to participate in this promotion, you (the dancer) must:
   a. Have attended at least one BSC dance prior to January 5, 2018
   b. Bring a friend who has NEVER been to a BSC dance before.
   c. Arrive before 8pm so your friend can attend the beginner lesson at 8:00pm.
   d. Mention the promotion at the door before 8pm to redeem it.
   e. Bring a human friend. Imaginary friends, Lassie, ET, etc. do not qualify.
2. Offer may not be combined with any other promotions or discounts.
3. Eligibility will be at the discretion of the BSC staff.
4. Who pays? Up to you! We recommend treating your friend or settling who pays with an epic dance-off.

Dance all night with your friends to:

Phil McGowan & the Easy Winners, BSC favorites, will join us at Q Ballroom for another high energy gig! With their New Orleans inspired hot jazz tunes, they will get you out onto the floor all night! The Easy Winners always get the crowd moving when they play for us and and this Friday will be no exception. Digging deep into their catalog of hits from the past, they’ll light fire to tunes like the 1921 Eddie Cantor hit: “Margie” and Louis Armstrong’s “You Rascal You”.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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2nd Rate New Year’s Eve

December 31st, 2017 | Category: dances

Boston Swing Central, in partnership with the Boston Lindy Bomb Squad, is officially hosting our 9th Annual New Year’s Eve party! This year it’s our low budget version (for you, and us!):

2nd RATE NEW YEAR’S EVE
with midnight sparkling cider toast!
(You get what you get and you don’t get upset).

When: December 31, 2017 – 8:00pm to 12:15am
Lesson: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Social Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:15am

Watertown Central Rock Gym Yoga Studio
74 Acton St, Watertown, MA

Purchase tickets in advance using our “pay-what-you-can” campaign

http://www.bostonswingcentral.org/newyears/

OR tickets will be available at the door:
General admission at-the-door: $20
Students/Seniors (w/valid ID) at-the-door: $14

Let’s ring in the New Year in (2nd rate) fashion!

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CLOSED – Have a Swingin’ Holiday!

December 29th, 2017 | Category: dances

BOSTON SWING CENTRAL IS CLOSED TODAY.

Many of our dancers, volunteers, and musicians are spending time with their friends and families today. We want you all to enjoy it. Travel safe and see you at the next one!

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DJ Party with Emilie Richard and Fredrik Bäcklund

December 22nd, 2017 | Category: dances

Join us for a social dance featuring DJs Emilie Richard and Fredrik Bäcklund!

DJ Emilie – has always loved music, and since she started dancing in 2013, her love, appreciation and passion for jazz and blues has been set on fire! She is a fun and energetic spirit, which clearly shows in the music that she plays. Emilie has been Djing every chance she gets in St. Louis, MO and is a regular DJ for the lindy and blues scene. Not only does she play in St. Louis, but she has been traveling throughout the Midwest to help make the people dance at national events! She loves to bring versatility and new music to the table but the old classics are dear to her heart. Her music is sure to get you inspired while challenging your dancing and musicality. She is ready and excited to help you get your groove on at Boston Swing Central!

DJ Fredrik – With a passion for music cultivated from a tender age he loves music that swings and makes people want to hit the dance floor, be that as a musician, a dancer, or as a DJ. This Friday he will dig deep into the library of themed swing to bring about that special swingin’ Merry Lindy Holiday feeling.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $8

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Jake Sanders Quintet (from Chicago/New York)

December 15th, 2017 | Category: dances
Jake Sanders is a guitar player from Chicago, who used to live in New York.  While in New York he founded a now legendary band called the Cangelosi Cards who played many swing dances and dance camps (like Swing Out New Hampshire) before disbanding.  Jake moved West to be closer to his home in Wisconsin, and ended up playing with

Chicago’s Fat Babies.  He’s since pursued a solo music career and is also a sideman in Naomi and the Handsome Devils. His current trip out East brings him to Boston Swing Central.  Along for the ride are some of New York’s finest: Dalton Ridenhour on piano, Dennis Lichtman on Clarinet, Sean Cronin on bass, and joining them from Boston is Phil McGowan on drums. This is going to be a real holiday treat for us!

Also tonight – The Riff Academy dancers are performing a brand new holiday routine! Don’t miss it!
We don’t have a video of this particular group of players, but check out this clip which features the band leader, Jake.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $18
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $14

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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The Swing Legacy

December 08th, 2017 | Category: dances

The Swing Legacy, a six piece “little big band” has been a fixture of the Boston swing dance scene since 1991 and BSC since the beginning, playing with a style informed by the great big bands from the swing era. Their repertoire concentrates on classic big band swing music including many Duke Ellington and Count Basie numbers ideal for Lindy Hop and swing dancing. Much of their great catalog of songs showcases their phenomenal singer, Debby Larkin. It promises to be a night full of killer-diller arrangements that will keep you dancing all night long!

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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DJ Party with DJs Kevin Lin and Katie Piselli

December 01st, 2017 | Category: dances

It’s the first of the last month of 2017! What?! Join us for a swing dance featuring local Boston DJs Kevin Lin and Katie Piselli! They have some really swingin’ tunes up their sleeve for you.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $8

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thanksgiving DJ Party with DJs TBA

November 24th, 2017 | Category: dances

Give thanks for jazz and swing dancing! (And dance off that Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers). DJs TBA will get you swinging post food coma. Come on out, bring a couple friends or family members along, and swing out!

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $8

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

 

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Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners

November 17th, 2017 | Category: dances

Phil McGowan & the Easy Winners, BSC favorites, will join us at Q Ballroom for another high energy gig! With their New Orleans inspired hot jazz tunes, they will get you out onto the floor all night! The Easy Winners always get the crowd moving when they play for us and and this Friday will be no exception. Digging deep into their catalog of hits from the past, they’ll light fire to tunes like the 1921 Eddie Cantor hit: “Margie” and Louis Armstrong’s “You Rascal You”.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Dan Fox Foxtet

November 10th, 2017 | Category: dances

The Foxtet is a six piece band led by trombonist Dan Fox and comprised of some of the best local musicians who have decades of combined experience playing for swing dancers. Fox has worked as a sideman at Boston Swing Central with Adrian Cunningham, The Lowdown Stompers, the Easy Winners and with Shawn Hershey. Expect a rock-solid beat and sweet, swinging horns playing tunes from the ’20’s and ’30’s at just the right tempos. Joining Dan on vocals for this evening is TBA.

Lesson (included w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Glenn Crytzer’s New Yorkers

November 03rd, 2017 | Category: dances

The New Yorkers (formerly known as “The Syncopators”) are a 1930s/1940s vintage style swing band with style! Influenced by the same swing combos as the Savoy Seven, this group plays looser arrangements, designed to be played with various combinations of instruments.  Band leader, Glenn Crytzer has become a staple in the New York Vintage Jazz scene, performing hundreds of gigs each year both as a bandleader of his own groups and as sideman in the groups of his colleagues and mentors. This is a special treat for BSC! Not to be missed while they’re in town!

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $18
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $14

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Calling All Zombies X with Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners

October 27th, 2017 | Category: dances

Calling All Zombies! It’s time to heed the bell toll for another ghastly, ghoulish and grim Halloween party at Boston Swing Central! This year we’ll dance the night away to our featured band, Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners!

This event features a special extended lesson by Abby Cohen that will feature the creeeeepy choreography of Michael Jackson’s Thriller line dance AND a costume contest! Note: Thriller will be performed later on in the evening. Performing is, of course, optional.

Phil McGowan & The Easy Winners! With their New Orleans inspired hot jazz tunes, they will get you out onto the floor all night! The Easy Winners always get the crowd moving when they play for us and and this Friday will be no exception. Digging deep into their catalog of hits from the past, they’ll light fire to tunes like the 1921 Eddie Cantor hit: “Margie” and Louis Armstrong’s “You Rascal You”.

 

EXTENDED Lesson (included w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Dancing: 9:30pm – 12:30am
General Admission: $20
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $17

Get $2 OFF ADMISSION if you come in a full Halloween costume! Discount is at the discretion of the door staff, so please display some true Halloween spirit.

No coupons or passes will be accepted for this evening.

Q Ballroom (formally called Extreme Dancesport)
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 021

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Jeremy Mohney

October 20th, 2017 | Category: dances

Straight out of the snowy Rockies, BSC is thrilled to welcome back Jeremy Mohney! His swing stylings, band leading, and saxophone playing were pretty impressive so we are excited to welcome him back. Since he isn’t around these parts too often, catch him while you can! Check out his quartet’s song “Breeze Please” below:

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $17
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $14

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Beantown Swing Orchestra

October 13th, 2017 | Category: dances

The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in performing big band dance charts from the Swing Era, all transcribed from the original vintage recordings by trumpeter Danny Fratina.  Some of their favorite arrangers include Fletcher Henderson and Sy Oliver, whose work was performed by Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmie Lunceford.   With most of its musicians in their twenties, Beantown Swing Orchestra is a true representation of the young and energetic big bands of the 1930s.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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The Vaughn Monroe Orchestra

October 06th, 2017 | Category: dances

The Vaughn Monroe Orchestra was founded in 1940 by vocalist, trumpeter and composer Vaughn Monroe. Though most famous in the day for sentimental ballads, the band featured some of the best swing arrangements and instrumentalists of the day. Boston’s own Dan Gabel has been chosen as the new Musical Director of the band. For this unique swing dance, Gabel has revived many of the swinging instrumentals from the early 1940s, many of which were never recorded. As part of a fall tour, the Vaughn Monroe Show makes a stop at Boston Swing Central to play for their favorite audience: dancers.
The band features 18 instrumentalists, plus the Moon Maids vocal group, and featured vocalists Elise Roth, Craig Robbins, and comedian Steve Gags. Don’t miss this exciting piece of Boston history and great swing music!

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $15
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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DJ Party with DJ Ron Waters and DJ Kim Kim

September 29th, 2017 | Category: dances

Join us for a swing dance featuring DJ Ron Waters and DJ Kim Kim!

DJ Ron Waters, Connecticut
Ron has been an avid jazz listener for as long as he can remember. But he noticed that a certain style of music just made him move like nothing else. That turned out to be Swing. In 2001 he discovered Lindy Hop and hasn’t looked back. In 2009, he did his first DJ gig in CT and is now one of the regular DJs at Hartford Underground’s Thursday night dance. He is also a regular contributor to the ‘Hey Mr, Jesse’ podcast, about ‘music that matters to dancers’. “Boston has such a strong Lindy scene. I’m excited to be spinning for this great bunch of dancers ! “, he said.
 
DJ Kim Kim, Montreal
DJ Kim Kim typically dances, teaches and DJs Lindy Hop and Balboa at Cat’s Corner in Montreal, QC. She loves playing music that gets dancers out on the floor and keeps them there! She’s passionate about swing-era music and aims to energize the dance floor by spinning hard swinging tunes!

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $8

Q Ballroom
26 New Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Dirty Water: Sunday – Swing and Soul Party Outside!

September 24th, 2017 | Category: dances

With some of the most beautiful views of downtown Boston, Piers Park is a hidden gem in East Boston! Come join your friends, new and old, for our annual Dirty Water Sunday afternoon outdoor dance on the harbor. Our local DJs will spin some swing and soul for you! Since we will be dancing right on the water in autumn, we recommend you bring a jacket with you.

Social Dancing: 2:30pm-5:30pm
THIS DANCE IS FREE!

Piers Park
95 Marginal Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Take the Blue Line to Maverick
Free parking

More info: www.dirtywaterlindy.org

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Dirty Water: Saturday – Gordon Webster Band

September 23rd, 2017 | Category: dances

Join us at KI, Brookline for a special extended night of dancing at Boston’s Dirty Water Lindy Exchange featuring the Gordon Webster Band!

Social Dancing: 9:00pm – 2:00am
General Admission: $35
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $30

Sorry, no passes or coupons will be accepted this weekend!


KI (Kehillath Israel) Brookline
384 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

More info: www.dirtywaterlindy.org

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