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Lincoln Center's ever popular A Midsummer Night Swing series happens this year from June 24 - July 12 at Damrosch Park (right before LC's Out of Doors series begins). There's a range of events (and styles, not just swing), all of which include dance lessons. Highlights this year include salsa legend Willie Rosario, and an all-star band featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy. For those in a '70s mood, there's The First Ladies of Disco featuring Martha Wash (The Weather Girls), Linda Clifford, and fomer Chic singers Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, and Norma Jean Wright, as well as a Loser's Lounge Tribute to ABBA which should be fun.

Passes good for 16 event during the season are available now, as are tickets to individual nights. The full A Midsummer Night's Swing schedule below...

Continue reading "Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing - 2014 Schedule"

Schoolboy Q last night @ Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
Schooboy Q

today in NYC
* Balkan Tales @ Barbes
* Dapplegray @ The Stone
* Silver Apples @ BAM
* Simon Amstell @ SWEET
* Kat Edmonson @ Joe's Pub
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Deviant Septet @ The Stone
* Radiolab Live: In the Dark @ BAM
* Anna Ternheim @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Marc Ribot Trio @ Village Vanguard
* moe. @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Portland Cello Project @ City Winery
* Silver Apples @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Wellmont Theatre
* Beat Culture, Psychobuildings, Diavel @ Cameo
* Radiolab Live w/ Demetri Martin & Thao Nguyen @ BAM
* Dave Hill, Rachel Dratch, Michael Kupperman @ Housing Works
* Comic Book Club Live w/ Kurt Braunohler, Amanda Palmer @ Fontana's
* Suzanne Vega, Gabriel Kahane @ Rockefeller Park
* Jesse Boykins III @ Apple Store West 14th Street
* Grooms, Numerators, Noon, Neighbors @ Death By Audio
* Donora, Teammate, Starlight Girls, Bluejay @ Glasslands
* HITS, Hussle Club, Slam Donahue, Pompeya @ Mercury Lounge
* The Bottom Dollars, The Nuclears, The Hollows @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Municipal Waste, 3 Inches of Blood, Black Tusk @ Santos Party House
* Childish Gambino, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Emily's Army, House Boat, Mixtapes, Lipstick Homicide, City Mouse @ Knitting Factory
* Diamond Terrifier presents Max Alper, Irene Moon, David Shapiro, Eric Beach/Evan Lipson, DJ Dutch E. Germ @ Zebulon
* Workmen's Circle Yiddishfest w/ Klexmatics, SoCalles & more @ Central Park Summerstage

WNYC/NPR show Radiolab has taken its show on the road, performing "Radiolab: Live in the Dark" around the country and has returned to NYC for a two-night stint at BAM tonight (6/26) and tomorrow (6/27). In addition to hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the BAM shows -- like a few of the dates on this tour -- include Demetri Martin and Thao Ngyen. Both shows are sold out (but where there's a will there's a way). "Radiolab: Live in the Dark" comes to Philadelphia on Friday and there's a Chicago date in September.

(In addition to her appearances as part of Radiolab, Thao Ngyen is playing a free show at The Satellite in L.A. on July 13.)

While on the subject of BAM, Silver Apples' Simeon Coxe performs tonight in BAMcinemaFEST Lounge immediately after the screening (and Q&A) of Radio Unnamable.

Meanwhile, Thao Ngyen collaborators and tourmates the Portland Cello Project play the Hudson Square Music Festival's kickoff event tonight (6/26) which is free and open to the public. The PCP played Housing Works Bookstore last night.

Speaking of Housing Works, Dave Hill is there tonight talking up his new book Tasteful Nudes with help from Rachel Dratch and Michael Kupperman.

Speaking of summer NYC series', Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series kicks off tonight (6/26) with The Nelson Riddie Orchestra, and continues through July 14.

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Tickets are still available for tonight's Danny Brown & Schoolboy Q & Childish Gambino show in Prospect Park. We're also giving away pairs both on the site and on Facebook.

Jens Lekman, who's playing Terminal 5 in October, just released the video for his single "Erica America" and you can watch it below.

Diamond Rings, not to be confused with Diamond Rugs who played Letterman last night, has a new video you can watch below...

Alabama Shakes, who played Summerstage with Diamond Rugs, was on Fallon last night. Video below...

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Midsummer Nights Dream

Another summer, another Lincoln Center-presented Midsummer Night Swing. This year's series of dancing events runs from June 27-July 16 with one highlight being the June 28th "Soul Train" night featuring a live set by Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley along with an extended DJ set by Biz Markie.

photos by Chris La Putt

"Magic was in the air outdoors at Lincoln Centre when the Fela cast joined Femi Kuti on stage" - Steven Hall

Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force headlined Monday night's Midsummer Night Swing show at Damrosch Park. Associate choreographer of FELA! the musical, Maija Garcia, was scheduled to give the dance lessons that come before the show, but she couldn't make it so actual FELA! cast members did the job instead. More pictures from the whole night, below...

Continue reading "Femi Kuti & Fela! cast members helped people dance @ Lincoln Center (pics) "

Midsummer Night Swing 2009 @ Lincoln Center (more by Gabi Porter,)
Midsummer Night Swing

Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing Festival will be happening at Damrosch Park (W 62nd St b/w Columbus and Amsterdam Aves) from June 29th to July 17th. The shows run every night Tuesday-Saturday, with the exception of Tuesday, July 13th. That's because Femi Kuti's previously mentioned Monday, July 12th NYC show will be at Damrosch Park and part of the festival. Other styles they'll be hosting include salsa, swing, disco, tango and bhangra.

Tickets to all the shows are on sale. Six-night and season-long passes are on sale too.

Pictures from last year's Chubby Checker show are here. The full schedule is below...

Continue reading "Lincoln Center's 2010 Midsummer Night Swing schedule "

words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Ponderosa Stomp - Lincoln Center - Day 2

The second night of the Ponderosa Stomp's invasion of Lincoln Center was a blast. On Friday, July 17th the Stomp and Midsummer Night Swing presented three wholly unique originators of countrified Rock 'n Roll with Joe Clay, Carl Mann and the Collins Kids. Deke Dickerson and his group the Eccophonics warmed up each of the two sets and served as a precise, passionate and authentic backing band for the evening.

The first set went smoothly with excellent sets from all three artists. Joe Clay bounced around stage and flexed his showmanship, pressing his mic onto the strings of Deke's guitar and sitting in on the drums in mid-song. In comparison,, Carl Mann was a bit more reserved in stage presence but no less musically engaging in his unique combination of Roy Orbison-like vocal delivery and almost bossa-rockabilly as exemplified in his Sun records hit "Mona Lisa". The Collins Kids took the stage with an extra bass (played by the Collins' nephew) and really tore it up. Larry Collins, a double necked guitar prodigy since the age of 7, still maintains a frantic energy swinging his custom Mosrite guitar and equally custom leather tassel and feather get up. His sister Lorrie passionately belted the lyrics in her 1950's Indian-style western dress.

Halfway through the second set the rain finally came forcing the organizers to close the dance floor. The Collins Kids played their second set to a far-off crowd dancing in the rain while lighting flashed and the smoke machines (inexplicably) filled the stage with haze. But a little weirdness and danger is what this music is really about.

A review with pictures of the first night, HERE. More pictures from the second night below...

Continue reading "Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing - night 2 pics (Joe Clay, Carl Mann, Collins Kids, rain, more)"

words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Paul Shaffer sits in with William Bell
The Ponderosa Stomp at Midsummer Night Swing

It was the Ponderosa Stomp's first night to shine at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing (Thursday, 7/16). The Stomp presented Harvey Scales, the Bobbettes, and William Bell with Memphis' Bo-Keys. The show was presented 'revue' style with all the artists performing two separate sets. Soul, Funk and Disco pioneer Harvey Scales arrived in a purple suit and then took it up a considerable notch with a lime green outfit with gold shoes and later a red suit with all the trimmings. The Bobbettes presented their unique soulful and gritty girl-doo-wop, first killing off Mr. Lee (I Shot Mr. Lee) and bringing him back to life for the original version that sounded as clean and sharp as ever. Harvey Scales delivered spastic funk, dancing across the stage like and electrified lime green Frankenstein, whipping up the crowd with his sweat towel. William Bell delivered his trademark deep Memphis soul with style and integrity, later bringing Paul Shaffer to sit in on Otis Redding's 'Hard to Handle' - a musical highlight of the evening.

On Friday, the Stomp and Lincoln Center switched gears into high octane Rockabilly with The Collins Kids (double necked guitar prodigy Larry Collins and his sister Lorrie), Carl Mann (Sam Phillips recording artist) and Joe 'Ducktail' Clay (whose insane recordings with Mikey Baker are some of the hottest ever recorded), all backed by Deke Dickerson and the Eccophonics.

On Wednesday, The Bo-Dukes played a pre-Stomp show at Southpaw with The Sweet Divines. More pictures from Thursday below...

Continue reading "Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing - night 1 pics (William Bell, Paul Shaffer, Bobbettes, more)"

Midsummer Night Swing 7/8 (more by Gabi Porter)
Lincoln Center

The first two nights of The Ponderosa Stomp at Lincoln Center, July 16th and 17th are part of Lincoln Center's Midsummer Nights Swing, taking place at Damrosch Park. Each night kicks off with a dance lesson at 6:30 and the music starts at 7:30. Thursday night features The Get Down, a night of soul music excellence featuring William Bell, Harvey Scales, The Bobbettes and the incomparable Bo-Keys. Friday night brings rockabilly to the forefront with the Best Dance in Town, in which New Orleans wild man Joe Clay, Sun Record's Carl Mann and the legendary brother/sister duo The Collins Kids throw down, backed by Deke Dickerson and his Eccofonics.

Sunday, July 19th, a tribute performance takes place at Alice Tully Hall in the Starr Theatre, in which a high-octane array of Stomp artists will pay musical tribute to the "Creole Beethoven", Wardell Quezergue. Quezergue, nicknamed by Allan Toussaint, has made musical history countless times as the man behind timeless hits like "Mr. Big Stuff", "Iko Iko" and "Chapel of Love". A genius musician, arranger and producer who is largely unknown outside of New Orleans, Quezergue helped shape the soulful sounds of the south into international hit records. The show features R&B icons The Dixie Cups and Robert Parker; soul greats Jean Knight, Dorothy Moore, Tammy Lynn, and Tony Owens; legendary New Orleans drummer Zigaboo Modeliste; New Orleans musician, producer, and session man Mac Rebennack (Dr. John); garage-music pioneer Michael Hurtt; plus Wardell Quezergue's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, an all-star ten-piece band led by Quezergue himself in a rare New York appearance.

The Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center's first night, The Get Down, will be broadcast live on WFMU. The second, July 17th, will be recorded for a later broadcast on July 30th. Tickets for the events are still on sale.

More info on the Stomp and the full lineup of performers (or you can check out "virtual trading cards" for each), below...

Continue reading "Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center, on WFMU (July 16-19)"

words & photos by Gabi Porter, additional words by Andrew Frisicano

Chubby Checker

I go to a lot of amazing shows, but it's rare to go to a show in New York where the audience makes the show better. Midsummer Night Swing has a built in crowd of people who love to dance in a know-the-steps kind of way, and the energy that creates is so infectious. It makes you realize how sick you are of irony and arms-crossed-head-nodding shows, and makes you want to be more sincere and enjoy yourself unselfconsciously. What also set this show apart from others was the age range, there were times when you could look around and see that children, parents and grandparents were all in attendance. A svelte Chubby Checker looked and sounded fantastic, and it made me wonder why we don't see stacks and stacks of re-issues of his memorable catalog, and why we haven't seen a fresh new project, championed by a hot young producer, from Chubby Checker. The man is ripe for a reverent re-invention from a visionary like ?uestlove, like he did for Al Green. This is the man who, arguably, invented the Twist for chrissakes, and last night when he played the Hank Ballard's "The Twist" there were - literally - 13 year old kids twisting in the bushes. It's a rare rare thing to see that much joy on the Upper West Side on a Wednesday night.

Last night's concert/dance party was a celebration of 50 years of Lincoln Center, in the 21st year of Midsummer Night's Swing. And the size of the crowd and the quality of the music reflects Bill Bragin's leadership in bringing fresh programming to one of New York's anticipated summer series. -Gabi


Chubby Checker played last night (7/8) as part of this week's kick off for Midsummer Night Swing Festival happening at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park through July 25th. Kermit Ruffians played on the first night, July 7th. Each night of the fest is geared towards a particular danceable genre. So, for example, the Checker show on Wednesday, July 8th featured 'Rock n Roll' dancing. Check out a video of some crowd members up on stage doing "The Fly," below.

The Woody Herman Orchestra brings swing to the park on July 9th. Also in the fest's first week is the West/Central African music of Occidental Brothers Dance Band International paired with East African singer Samba Mapangala and his band Virunga on Friday, July 10th.

As previously reported, the Ponderosa Stomp hosts two nights, of soul/R&B and Rockabilly, respectively, on Thursday, July 16th and Friday, July 17th. They're also presenting another Lincoln Center gig, "A Tribute to Wardell Quezergue," at Alice Tully Hall on July 19th.

Other nights include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Wednesday, July 22nd and a closing set by Harlem Renaissance Orchestra with special guest Houston Person on July 25th. Tickets to all the upcoming shows are on sale.

The full schedule, with more pictures and video from Chubby Checker, below...

Continue reading "Chubby Checker played Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing Festival (pics & full upcoming schedule) "

Damrosch Park

Check out Lincoln Center's website for this year's Midsummer Night Swing schedule. Running through July 26th, this year's free shows that take place in Damrosch Park include 'A Loser's Lounge Night at the Disco', The Budos Band, Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and tonight's show (July 9) which is Chuck Brown.