Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center’s outdoor music and dance festival, Midsummer Night Swing, returns for more heady fun

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Photograph: Filip Wolak

There are treats galore on offer at this year's Midsummer Night Swing festival, which features a panoply of styles from salsa to '70s disco music. Highlights include the salsa star Willie Rosario (July 4), a glittering disco outfit comprising Martha Wash (the Weather Girls) and former Chic singers (July 3), a Loser's Lounge tribute to ABBA (June 26), and a tribute to Illinois Jacquet Classic Swing and Jump Blues from the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (July 12).


What's that? You can't dance? Sorry, friend, you officially have no excuse: Dance lessons are included in admission, and styles range from Lindy Hop to merengue, the Charleston and of course, the hustle. Yes, we know, we had you at the hustle.


Midsummer Night Swing 2014 shows

Cécile McLorin Salvant

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Rising jazz vocal star Cécile McLorin Salvant, just 24, sings with a grace and wit that evoke the greats of the idiom. It's easy to hear why she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Tonight she's backed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks for the classic swing dance. Instructor Laura Jeffers teaches Lindy Hop, and DJs Chazz Young and Norma Miller spin a special set for lindy hop father Frankie Manning’s 100th birthday.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Tue Jun 24
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Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca

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Congolese-Angolan singer Ricardo Lemvo joins salsa trombonist Jimmy Bosch and band for a night of soukous, semba and Cuban son. Warm up with a mambo primer from dance instructor Carlos König.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Wed Jun 25
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The Loser’s Lounge

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The celebrated, stalwart NYC covers act turns its collective hand to the tunes of everyone's favorite Scandinavian 1970s supergroup, ABBA, and other disco giants. Show up early for a lesson in the hustle. Postshow (10–11:30pm), stay for a silent disco, in which participants dance to tunes pumped through headphones.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Thu Jun 26
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The Hot Sardines

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The Hot Sardines offer a breezy mix of French chanson and New Orleans jazz. Before the show, learn the lindy hop from an instructor.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Fri Jun 27
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The Band Courtbouillon

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The trio of Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy visit the Lincoln Center's outdoor dance party for a night of Cajun tunes. Show up early for a Creole waltz dance lesson.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Sat Jun 28
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Milly Quezada

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Merengue queen Milly Quezada leads a dance party with instruction by teacher Rodney Lopez and a set by DJ George Nenadich.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Tue Jul 1
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Roomful of Blues Plays the Music of Doc Pomus

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Guitarists Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl, bassist Preston Hubbard and drummer Fran Christina are just a few of the notable alumni of Roomful of Blues, an incendiary eight-piece blues/jump band from Rhode Island. The group pays tribute to Doc Pomus as part of their jump-blues set tonight. Learn the lindy hop at a preshow dance instruction session.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Wed Jul 2
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The First Ladies of Disco

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Disco divas Martha Wash and Linda Clifford and genre-defining trio Chic headline this dance party with an extended set by DJ Bobby Morales and a chance to learn the hustle from a pro. Afterward, stick around for a silent disco from 10 to 11:30pm.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Thu Jul 3
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Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta

  • Price band: 2/4

Puerto Rican composer Willie Rosario leads his group in a night of lively salsa tunes. Arrive before the show to learn a few steps from instructor Jimmy Anton.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Fri Jul 4
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James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band

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This dance party pays tribute to the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, with music by an all-star band that features members of Goodman's own ensemble led by clarinetist Dan Levinson.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Sat Jul 5
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Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

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Singer and bassist Vince Giordano and his unbeatable vintage-swing orchestra head a swing-dance party with a Charleston workshop and a preshow DJ set by Odysseus Bailer.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Tue Jul 8
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Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas

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Cuban son masters Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas, a group with more than five decades under its belt, makes its U.S. debut at this dance party. Show up early for a lesson on the Son Montuno style of dancing.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Wed Jul 9
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Octavio Brunetti Tango Orchestra

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Argentine pianist Octavio Brunetti and band lead a night of tango dancing under the stars. Show up early for a lesson in the dance style.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Thu Jul 10
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Casuarina

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Brazilian samba ensemble Casuarina visits Lincoln Center's outdoors dance fest for a night of dancing and tunes. Learn the steps before the concert starts with a primer on Samba de Gafieira, or partner samba.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Fri Jul 11
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Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

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Lincoln Center's popular outdoor dance-concert series concludes with a rip-roaring performance by this crack Harlem big band, with powerful saxist James Carter standing in for high-flying forebear Illinois Jacquet. Brush up on your swing moves at 6:30pm, then cut a rug at 7:30pm.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Sat Jul 12
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