07.14.11: Midsummer Night Swing & Electro-Swing Afterparty
After four years of running the speakeasy-style Swing House party, which Time Out New York says is "like a remixed version of the roaring '20s," and The Village Voice describes as "Gatsby-era fun with a twist of new-school vibe," G&S team up with Lincoln Center for one of their legendary Midsummer Night Swing celebrations, with past G&S Swing House favorites The Hot Sardines playing two full sets of hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of foot-stomping blues Louis Armstong and Fats Waller used to make -- and, in a nod to Bastille Day, Parisian music-hall chansons. Plus: guest accordionist Mira Stroika and a tap dancer. Lindy hop dance lesson by Angela Harriell of The Love Show. DJ Dhundee remixing and reinventing vintage grooves.
Dress in your flapper-era or French-inspired finest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Jeunesse Spa and tickets to G&S and Dances of Vice events. Costume contest judges include Miss Scorpio and Shien Lee of Dances of Vice. Those in costume get $5 off $17 dance floor admission with password "storming the Bastille"!
Electro-swing as a dance music genre is still relatively obscure in New York City, though it's been exploding all over the world with packed monthlies in London, Brighton, Amsterdam, and numerous other cities. G&S have been championing the sound since the inception of Swing House, and are celebrating it with an all-electro-swing dance party following the MSNS show. Join our handpicked lineup of NYC champions of electro-swing, spinning one-hour showcase sets each, including DJ Shakey (longtime Swing House regular), DJ Spinach (of the Swingin' Penguin Electro Swing Party), and Stefan Spins (the DJ/VJ of Billi Shakes & the Phakesphere Orchestra, a 1920s-meets-electro-pop cabaret experience). Delicious $5 mojitos and margaritas keep you cool as the DJs make the dance floor sizzle. Show your stamp from MSNS and get in for only $5.