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Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas

Uptown Swing is excited to welcome back Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas to our March dance! The Fried Bananas was first assembled in 2006 under the guidance of co-leaders Shawn Hershey and Josh Fialkoff, who are both dancers themselves. Together they carefully crafted the Bananas’ sound, drawing inspiration from Jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and Dr. Michael White. Since then, this versatile band has evolved to incorporate other swing influences from New Orleans to New York City, from the ’20s to the ’40s. So whether you’re looking to swing out or boogie back, The Fried Bananas has your back, and your dancing shoes. We had a lot of fun last year at Uptown Swing and are looking forward to having them in Boston once again!

Guest DJ Dang Mai.

Admission: $20 ($16 with Student ID)

Racky Thomas Band at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Racky Thomas Band

Special Event: Swing & Soul Dance at Uptown Swing

Highlights

  • Racky Thomas Band at 9:00pm
  • Guest Instructor Samuel Coleman
  • Guest DJ Sarah Elise
  • Special Soul Dance Lesson at 8:00pm
  • Soul Competition

Racky Thomas is primarily a Blues man, although he continues to add to his repertoire, which has grown to be quite eclectic! He has a talent for blending his musicians on different occasions to come up with just the right mix for his audience. Racky loves playing for dancers and is great at keeping a Swing groove to everything played. There is plenty of inspiration for swinging out! His delivery has always been “soulful” and for this dance he’ll be reaching into his bag of tricks to add some classic Soul selections. Racky connects with his audience and his energy is infectious. His fan base keeps growing as it is always a fun night when Racky is on board!

The evening will be starting off with a special lesson with guest instructor Samuel Coleman, joining us from NYC! People all over the world, join hands, start a Love Train as Samuel takes you on a body rocking, hip shaking, hand clapping, head moving and foot stomping journey exploring socially conscious Soul music through movement. A non-partner class that is sure to uplift your spirit as well as challenge your body and mind.

Guest DJ Sarah Elise will be playing some get-up-and-dance Soul music during the band breaks.

Grab a partner and participate in the Soul Competition! No advanced registration and no added fee to enter. This will be a fun competition open to anyone who would like to participate. There will be prizes!

Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

Beantown Swing Orchestra at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Beantown Swing Orchestra

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.

What a special treat to have this wonderful big band back at Uptown Swing!

Guest DJ Kevin Lin.

Performance with the Eight Thirty ACT.

Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

Gordon Webster Band at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Gordon Webster Band

Special Event: Skye & Sylvia Workshop Weekend

Special Extended Dance Time: 8:15pm-12:30am

Dance Exhibition by Skye Humphries & Sylvia Sykes

Gordon Webster has grown into one of the most sought after musicians in the Lindy Hop world today. All the tremendous praise he receives is well deserved. His music is exciting, exhilarating and joyful! Our annual dance during the Skye & Sylvia weekend has come to be a major highlight of the year.

This is a not to be missed event!

Guest DJ Andrew Selzer.

Admission: $25 ($21 with Student ID)

Professor Cunningham and His Old School at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Professor Cunningham and His Old School
Professor Cunningham and His Old School

Uptown Swing welcomes back the always fabulous Professor Cunningham and His Old School, performing the most swinging repertoire in the New Orleans tradition — from Sidney Bechet, to Fats Waller, to Professor Longhair and even Fats Domino! The band was formed in 2012 by our favorite Aussie bandleader and reedman, the charming and witty Adrian Cunningham, and consists of some of the most energetic and accomplished musicians on the New York scene. It’s been a regular hit, performing at some of the city’s finest speakeasy shows (Shanghai Mermaid, Gemini and Scorpio, NY Hot Jazz Festival) and regularly performing to packed houses at some of the city’s best Swing venues (Cutting Room, Swing 46, The Back Room).

Guest DJ Kevin Lin will be featured during the band breaks.

Admission: $20 ($16 with Student ID)

Taryn Newborne and The Real Deal at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Taryn Newborne and The Real Deal

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 and Gordon Webster.

Comprised of some of the most sought after musicians in the world, Taryn Newborne and the Real Deal strive to swing as hard as possible.

Guest DJ this month is Stan Yen.

Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas

Uptown Swing is excited to welcome back Shawn Hershey, Josh Fialkoff & The Fried Bananas to our May dance! The Fried Bananas was first assembled in 2006 under the guidance of co-leaders Shawn Hershey and Josh Fialkoff, who are both dancers themselves. Together they carefully crafted the Bananas’ sound, drawing inspiration from Jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and Dr. Michael White. Since then, this versatile band has evolved to incorporate other swing influences from New Orleans to New York City, from the ’20s to the ’40s. So whether you’re looking to swing out or boogie back, The Fried Bananas has your back, and your dancing shoes. We had a lot of fun last year at Uptown Swing and are looking forward to having them in Boston once again!

The guest DJ for May is Dang Mai.

This month Uptown Swing is on an adjusted time schedule in order to fulfill the requirements of using the space at KI. We must follow the rules of not starting prior to sundown. The lesson will come first, followed by a short band soundcheck and then dancing. Due to the later start time, the dance will run until 12:30am! It will be worth the adjustments to dance at this beautiful venue!

  • Swing lesson: 8:30pm, included with the dance
  • Dancing: 9:30pm-12:30am
  • Performance: Hop to the Beat
  • Shim Sham, Frankie Style!
  • Big Apple, the Frankie version of course!
  • Proceeds go to the Beantown Scholarship Program

Uptown Swing Celebrates Frankie Manning!

May is Frankie Month and Lindy Hoppers worldwide will be celebrating this very special man. There isn’t a better example than Frankie Manning to remind us of the joy and fun we have dancing! If you don’t know much about him, be sure to check out his bio. Of course the night would not be complete without a Shim Sham, Frankie style!

Proceeds from this dance will be contributed to the Beantown Scholarship Program.

The Frankie Manning Foundation was established with Frankie’s passing to carry on his legacy. We’ve been honored to have Beantown Camp as part of the Ambassador Program, which provides scholarships to support the growth and development of new ambassadors of Lindy Hop. Recipients are primarily selected from African-American communities throughout the USA as well as areas around the world where Lindy Hop is in a very early stage of development.

The experience is often life-changing, and it is wonderful to watch them grow as individuals and dancers and begin to help teach future generations. Starting in 2014, Beantown began collecting funds to help bring past ambassadors back to camp as many do not have the means to do so on their own. There is no charge to attend camp, however funds are needed to cover housing, meals and travel.

Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

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Solomon Douglas Heptet at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Solomon Douglas Heptet

Due to date conflicts at KI, the dance has been moved to the first Saturday this month.

The Solomon Douglas Heptet is a tight-swinging little band that plays music inspired by the great later swing small groups and early modernists of the late 1940s. This New York City-based group was founded in September of 2014 by Toronto-born pianist and composer Solomon Douglas, whose various bands have played at hundreds of swing dance and music festivals in North America, Asia, and Australia in the past 15 years. You’ll hear and feel the evidence of his experience as a swing dancer and dance instructor in the deeply swinging groove of his music. After a fabulous dance last year, we know this is going to be another very fun night!

Guest DJ this month is Paul Loschak.

Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

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Uptown Swing Dance at Boston Tea Party with the Boilermaker Jazz Band
Saturday, March 19, 2016
The Boston Tea Party
Boilermaker Jazz Band

Note that this dance is part of Boston Tea Party which is being held at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel.

Special Time: 7:00pm–Late (see Boston Tea Party Schedule for band and other activity times!)

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Beantown Swing Orchestra at Uptown Swing Dance
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Beantown Swing Orchestra

The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in the performance of vintage Swing Era and Sinatra classics as well as popular and original songs custom arranged for big band. The music of the Swing Era (late 1930s to early 1940s) was created specifically for dancing, with its characteristic and infectious Swing beat and exciting horn arrangements. Most of the BSO musicians and songwriters/arrangers are in their twenties and play with the energy and drive to keep everyone moving on the dance floor. What a special treat to have this wonderful big band back at Uptown Swing!

Guest DJ Andrew Selzer.

Admission: $18 ($14 with Student ID)

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