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Dan Fox Foxtet

August 16th, 2019 | 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.

Lesson (included w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing 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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The Swing Legacy

August 09th, 2019 | 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: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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Roaring Twenties Lawn Party 2019 (Sunday)

August 04th, 2019 | Category: dances

Presented by Boston Swing Central and the Trustees of Reservations, The Roaring Twenties Lawn Party is a true celebration of vintage culture! Attracting thousands of guests in Gatsby-esque apparel, this retro picnic features live music and dancing, performances, lawn games, a vintage faire (by The Greater Boston Vintage Society) and more!

For TICKETS and more information roaringtwentieslawnparty.org

Note: Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Tickets WILL NOT be available for purchase at the gate. 

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
290 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
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Roaring Twenties Lawn Party 2019 (Saturday)

August 03rd, 2019 | Category: dances

Presented by Boston Swing Central and the Trustees of Reservations, The Roaring Twenties Lawn Party is a true celebration of vintage culture! Attracting thousands of guests in Gatsby-esque apparel, this retro picnic features live music and dancing, performances, lawn games, a vintage faire (by The Greater Boston Vintage Society) and more!

For TICKETS and more information roaringtwentieslawnparty.org

Note: Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Tickets WILL NOT be available for purchase at the gate. 

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
290 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
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Baby Soda Jazz Band & Friends

August 02nd, 2019 | Category: dances

Baby Soda was formed in 2007 by musicians who met playing traditional jazz in the street and subway with The Loose Marbles. They get every dancer dancing, every foot tapping, and every hand clapping. The are best known for the uptempo style of street jazz. “With an eclectic set of influences ranging from 30’s era swing, New Orleans jazz, and southern gospel,  the ensemble doesn’t desire to recreate the past, rather they bring the concept and joy of the music to the present.”

Lesson (included w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $20
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $14

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

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The Easy Winners

July 26th, 2019 | Category: dances

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”.

NOTE THE TIME CHANGE THIS WEEK (we are running 30min later to accommodate a party in the neighborhood).

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Dancing: 9:30pm – 12:30am
General Admission: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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Hunter Burgamy’s New Orleans Serenaders

July 19th, 2019 | Category: dances

Hunter Burgamy is a 23 year old guitarist, bassist, and tenor banjoist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Deeply rooted in his native towns’ traditions of blues, funk, and jazz, he aims to transcend genre through his musicianship by his interest in these roots, as well as contemporary and classical musics, and world folk musics, a passion of his.

He is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, with a background in classical and jazz theory and over a decades years experience in performance.

His music has taken him to perform throughout the major music and festival scene of New Orleans and New England, as well as cities throughout Cuba, Brasil, Iceland, Mexico, Canada, Spain, France, Japan, and others. Hunter has worked at New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music c/o 2018.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing 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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DJs Kevin Lin and Marta Pedrero

July 12th, 2019 | Category: dances

Join us for a swing dance with our local swing DJs, Kevin Lin and Marta Pedrero!

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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DJ Andrew Selzer and DJ retroMike

July 05th, 2019 | Category: dances

Join us for a swing dance with our local swing DJs, DJ Andrew Selzer and DJ retroMike!

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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Amy K & the Mezzcats

June 28th, 2019 | Category: dances

Mezz (n.): anything supreme, genuine. Ex., “this is really the mezz.”
Cat (n.): musician in swing band. (via Cab Calloway’s 1939 Hepster’s Dictionary.

This swing band is the real deal. Fronted by local vocalist, award-winning songwriter and long-time dancer Amy Kucharik, the Mezzcats feature fellow dancer/musicians Tim Lewandowski on trombone and Michael Valdez on keys. The trio met at BSC and have been playing together for more than seven years. Jazz legend Billy Novick, known for his Great Gatsby ballet and performing regionally and internationally with various jazz acts, supplies stellar woodwinds. A hummer of a rhythm section, with Pat Gaulin on drums and Nate Therrien (Portsmouth) on bass, keeps a steady swinging groove. Amy and her bands are known around New England for a variety of styles and tempos tailor-made for partner dancers; as Friends With Benefits they have played swing dances at Elm City Exchange and in Burlington, VT; Ipswich, MA; Kittery, ME and Providence, RI but this will be their Boston Swing Central debut as the Mezzcats. They focus on authentic 1930s swing with a few modern twists (and a few of Amy’s original tunes) to make an evening that will blow your top!

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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The Easy Winners

June 21st, 2019 | Category: dances

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: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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Elise Roth and her Harvard Squares

June 14th, 2019 | Category: dances

Elise Roth and her seven-piece Orchestra the Harvard Squares encapsulates the spirit of the Swing Era. Often compared vocally to Judy Garland Elise embraces the resemblance. You’ll hear plenty of Judy’s repertoire expressively sung by Miss Roth. Loved by dancers and jazz enthusiasts alike, this ensemble is led by vocalist Elise Roth, the “poster girl” for the vintage music and dance scene in Boston and beyond!

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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Justin Meyer & The Meyertet featuring Sarah Gardner on vocals

June 07th, 2019 | Category: dances

Join us for a swingin’ night of dancing with Justin Meyer & The Meyertet featuring Sarah Gardner on vocals!

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing 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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Anna Cecilia & The Big Time

May 31st, 2019 | Category: dances

Beginning in 2015, Cecilia Ferneborg sought to bring together some of her favorite musicians to create an experience for dancers meshing small group swing with big band sensibilities. So The Big Time was born and together the group has logged thousands of miles on the road bringing music to lindy and blues dancers across the United States. Members of The Big Time are some of the most sought after musicians in the dance scene and can be seen playing with bandleaders such as Michael Gamble, Joshua Fialkoff, and Jonathan Stout. The Big Time brings excitement and sensuality through jazz standards, reimagined popular songs, blues arrangements, and original music causing an infectious atmosphere for dancing!

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $17
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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DJ Party to celebrate World Lindy Hop Day

May 24th, 2019 | Category: dances

World Lindy Hop Day is coming up soon! May 26 is the birthday of the late great lindy hop legend Frankie Manning. Frankie spent the last 20 years of his life inspiring and teaching the Lindy Hop to an entire new generation of swing dancers. For the past few years, swing dance communities have been celebrating May 26 as World Lindy Hop Day, to honor Frankie’s legacy and celebrate all things swing. Come out on Friday (a couple days early) to celebrate World Lindy Hop Day with us!

DJs Dang Mai (first set) and Kevin Lin (second set) are going to spin some swingin’ 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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The Easy Winners

May 17th, 2019 | Category: dances

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: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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The Late Risers

May 10th, 2019 | Category: dances

Sammy D blew into town on a cornet chariot and the cats that join him got up late so they’re well rested on the bandstand, lean, mean and snappy!

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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Star Wars dance party!

May 03rd, 2019 | Category: dances

In honor of International Star Wars Day this weekend, Boston Swing Central is celebrating on Friday with a very Wookie dance featuring our local Boston DJs!

May the Force be with you! Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. (optional of course)

The evening will include our epic Star Wars themed competitions!

-The Hans Solo Competition (Solo Charleston)
-The Jedi Draw (mix and match partner dance while blindfolded)

Contests are free to enter! Names will be drawn from a hat to determine who will compete (if the entry numbers are large.)

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
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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The Easy Winners

April 26th, 2019 | Category: dances

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: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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Dan Fox Foxtet with Jen Hodge

April 19th, 2019 | 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.

Jennifer Hodge, a busy Vancouver-based bass player, bandleader, and arranger, is a versatile musician who can be found playing with a wide variety of artists all over the world. When Jen is leading the band, she likes it hot – hard swinging grooves, boisterous New Orleans style horns, cheeky lyrics, intriguing arrangements, plenty of spontaneous fun, and an evident, infectious love for making music. Jen’s particular expertise in the arena of traditional jazz has taken her to stages all over Canada, the USA, China, Spain, France, the UK, Sweden, and the Caribbean. On home turf, Jen can be found leading a band on Wednesday nights at Guilt & Co, a bar in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district and a major hub for the city’s musical creative minds, where she has held a regular gig since January 2011.

Lesson (included w/ admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing Dancing: 9:00pm – 12:00am
General Admission: $17
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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Justin Meyer & The Meyertet

April 12th, 2019 | Category: dances

Justin Meyer is back with Jack Senier on piano, the core of what defines the Meyertet.  They bring their swingin’ combo to Boston Swing Central and we’re all looking forward to a great night!

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing 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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BSC 11th Anniversary with Glenn Crytzer’s New Yorkers

April 05th, 2019 | Category: dances

Let’s swing out together this Friday to celebrate 11 YEARS of Boston Swing Central! Glenn Crytzer’s New Yorkers are coming to town to keep us hoppin’ on the dance floor as we mark our anniversary.

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: $20
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $14

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

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Beantown Swing Orchestra

March 29th, 2019 | Category: dances

The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in performing big band dance charts from the Swing Era (1935-1946), all transcribed from the original vintage recordings by trumpeter Danny Fratina.  In order to achieve its mission of perpetuating this timeless music by exposing it to younger generations, the band trains high school students and provides them with vintage 1930s instruments to achieve the true sound of that period.  With most of its musicians and staff in their teens and twenties, Beantown Swing Orchestra is a true representation of the young and energetic big bands of the Swing Era.

Lesson (included w/ price of admission): 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Swing 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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DJ Kevin Lin and DJ Alli-Cat

March 22nd, 2019 | Category: dances

Join us for a swing dance with our local swing DJs, DJ Kevin Lin and DJ Alli-Cat!

Kevin Lin loves swing dancing, swing music, and loves listening to the music at all waking hours of the day. He has DJ’ed at local venues around Boston including MIT Lindy Hop Society and Monday Night Practice. Some of his favorite bands include Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Chick Webb. Kevin’s goal is to keep the energy high and the dancing fun, and he firmly believes in the saying… “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing!”

Allison Wilhelm, or DJ Alli-Cat, has been a swing lover since 2012, when a video game piqued her interest in music from the early to mid 20th Century. It was her interest in the genre that led her to take up swing dancing. Since her interest in old school music is what led her here, it should be no surprise that her sets feature classic swing artists like Cab Calloway, Chick Webb, Artie Shaw, and Ella Fitzgerald, but she also digs the sounds of today’s artists, like Michael Gamble and the Mint Julep Jazz Band. In her DJing, Allison is committed to authenticity, danceability, and diversity.

 

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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The Easy Winners

March 15th, 2019 | Category: dances

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: $16
Students and Seniors (with Valid ID): $13

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

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