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Swing Time Newsletter — Wednesday NOV 14th 2007


Pre-Thanksgiving Bash (Wed 11/21 at Gulfport -- www.SwingTime.info)

Pre-Thanksgiving Bash
at the GULFPORT CASINO SWING NIGHT
featuring...  The Juke Joint Kings
Wednesday,  November 21st,  2007

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, the weekend starts Wednesday night, when Swing Time hosts a special evening of live music and swing dancing... Wednesday, November 21st, 2007, join in celebration at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night for Swing Time's Pre-Thanksgiving Bash!  This huge swing-dance party is always one of the biggest Wednesday Swing Nights of the year, attracting not just locals but out-of-towners who are home for the holidays.  The Bash features the hot swingin' sounds of the Juke Joint Kings!  It starts with a group swing-dance lesson, 7-8pm (no partner needed), followed by live music and dancing, 8pm-midnight, all happening in the spectacular waterfront ballroom of the Gulfport Casino.

The Juke Joint Kings are a hot five-piece jump/blues outfit, complete with piano, vocals, harmonica, guitar, bass & drums.  The Juke Joint Kings rocked the joint at their prior Swing Time appearances!  Band members are music veterans with well over 100 years of professional experience between them.  Different members have played with or opened for a who's who list of blues/musical greats, including Etta James, Koko Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Marshall Tucker Band, Luther Allison, Lonnie Brooks, Albert King, Son Seals, Rock Bottom, Ronnie Earl, Hubert Sumlin, and Mighty Joe Young.  The Juke Joint Kings know how to swing, and are bringing it live to the upcoming Pre-Thanksgiving Bash!

This special event is co-sponsored by the Gulfport Casino and Swing Time.  The Gulfport Casino is located in the St. Petersburg area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport FL 33707.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Live Music & Dancing w/ The Juke Joint Kings,  8pm-Midnight
Swing Dance Lesson,  7-8pm  (no partner needed)

Exciting Social Atmosphere!
Beautiful & Historic Waterfront Grand Ballroom
One of the Best Dance Floors Anywhere!

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Prize Giveaways  * 
Admission $10  (includes Free Lesson);  Free Parking

For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info or click the links below:
[Band Bio]     [Map & Directions]     [More Info]


Friday,  November 23rd,  2007
 1950's/60's SOCK HOP! 
at Centro Asturiano
featuring  Freight Train Annie

Friday November 23rd at Centro Asturiano in Tampa, Swing Time presents a 1950's/60's Sock Hop!  The evening features live music & dancing with the Freight Train Annie band, 8pm-midnight.  Kicking off the event is a group swing-dance lesson, 7-8pm (no partner needed).  Everyone's encouraged to dress 1950's style, with prizes for the best costumes!  In addition to jitterbug/swing/partner dancing while the band is playing, everyone can also join in a variety of crazy group dances and contests during band intermission!  Dance the Stroll, the Hokey Pokey, and even the Hand Jive, plus join in the Hula Hoop & Twist Contests for your chance to win some really cool prizes!

Freight Train Annie is a talented and versatile band with sax, guitars, piano, bass, drums, and Annie herself, whose passionate and powerful vocals give the band its name!  With an immense repertoire of music, this band knows how to rock, and they know how to swing!  Band members are big performers in the area's live-music scene, and they've played with some of the greats of blues, jazz, and rock music.  Guitarist, Craig Van Tilbury, spent five years on the road with entertainer, Joey Dee, singer of the 1961 hit song, Peppermint Twist.  Drummer, Alan Whitman, has backed up the Ink Spots, the Del Vikings, the Coasters, and the Drifters.  The Freight Train Annie band maintains a hard-working performance schedule, and has recently appeared at House of Blues and opened for the Neville Brothers.  Annie is currently working on her debut CD of original songs, but when it comes to retro music, the band expertly brings the dynamics and live energy of past hits to life.  For the sock-hop era, Annie covers not only female artists such as Peggy Lee and Etta James, but she delivers exciting renditions of hits by Dion, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke, the Isley Brothers, and even Elvis, to name a few!

This special event is co-sponsored by Centro Asturiano and Swing Time.  Centro Asturiano is located at 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa FL 33602 (at the corner of Palm Ave. & Nebraska Ave. in Ybor City).

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Swing Dance Lesson (no partner needed),  7-8pm
Live Music & Dancing w/ Freight Train Annie,  8pm-12
Hula Hoop Contest at Intermission
Twist Contest at Intermission
Prizes for Best 1950's Costumes!

Sock-Hop-Era Decor
Exciting Social Atmosphere
Fabulous Vintage Grand Ballroom
Huge Floating-Wood Dance Floor

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Prize Giveaways  * 
Admission $10  (includes Free Lesson);  Free Gated Parking

For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info or click the links below:
[Band Bio]     [Map & Directions]     [More Info]


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GULFPORT CASINO SWING NIGHT !
EVERY WEDNESDAY in Gulfport (St. Petersburg, FL)

Swing Music & Dancing,  8pm-Midnight
Dance Lesson,  7-8pm  (no partner needed)

Shim Sham,  Dance Jams,  Prizes,  Mixers,  & More!

Beautiful & Historic Waterfront Grand Ballroom
Friendly Social Atmosphere
One of the World's Best Dance Floors!

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Free Parking  * 
Admission $7  (includes Free Lesson)

[Map & Directions]     [More Info]


SWING CENTRO !
EVERY THURSDAY in Ybor City (Tampa, FL)

Swing Music & Dancing,  8pm-Midnight
Dance Lesson,  7-8pm  (no partner needed)


Exciting Social Atmosphere!
Fabulous Vintage Grand Ballroom
Huge Floating-Wood Dance Floor

*  All Ages  *  Smoke-Free  *  Full Bar  *  Prize Giveaways  * 
Admission $7  (includes Free Lesson);  Free Gated Parking
Students Get  2-for-1 Admission!

[Map & Directions]     [More Info]


UPCOMING SWING TIME DANCE CLASSES
All Lessons Free! (with Paid Admission to Event)
All Lessons Taught by Sam & Allison
No Partner Needed; No Prior Experience Needed
All Levels & All Ages Welcome!

Nov 14 2007 (Wed) 7-8pm @ Gulfport Casino Swing Night:     SWING MIX - Free/Tuck/Inside Spins & Turns, Ratchet & Tag
Nov 15 2007 (Thu) 7-8pm @ Swing Centro (Centro Asturiano): EAST-COAST SWING - Tuck & Quick Spins, Rebounds & Wraps
Nov 21 2007 (Wed) 7-8pm @ Gulfport Casino Swing Night:     EAST-COAST SWING - 4 Cross-Armed Turns, Belt Slide, Behind-Back Switch
Nov 23 2007 (Fri) 7-8pm @ Centro Asturiano:                SWING - Lesson Topic to be Decided


UPCOMING SWING TIME EVENTS
Click the links below for details on each event

   EVERY WEDNESDAY: Gulfport Casino Swing Night

    EVERY THURSDAY: Swing Centro

Nov 21, 2007 (Wed): Special Event at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night
                    PRE-THANKSGIVING BASH !
                    Live Music by  The Juke Joint Kings!
                    Admission $10

Nov 22, 2007 (Thu): Happy Thanksgiving!  No Swing Centro Tonight... SWING ON FRIDAY instead of Thursday
                    This Week Only -- Swing at Centro on Friday November 23rd (see below)

Nov 23, 2007 (Fri): Special Event at Centro Asturiano
                    1950's/60's SOCK HOP !
                    Live Music by  Freight Train Annie!
                    Hula Hoop Contest,  Best Costume Prizes,  & much more!
                    Admission $10

 The SECOND FRIDAY  Swing Time! at the Gulfport Casino
    of EVERY MONTH: Live Music & Dancing!


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