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Swing Time Newsletter — Friday MAR 14th 2008

Dear Swingsters,  Join us this coming Wednesday (3/19) at Gulfport for Swing Night, and on Thursday (3/20) for Swing Centro Live!  THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 20TH, WILL BE THE FINAL SWING CENTRO EVENT, so don't miss it!  After 1+ year of hosting these every-Thursday Swing Centro events, it's time to move on to bigger & better things.  We hope everyone who's enjoyed this venue over the last year will join us Thursday March 20th for the final night!  --Sam

PLEASE ENABLE IMAGES IN YOUR EMAIL PROGRAM ...Swing Centro Live! w/ Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo - THU 3/20/08 @ Centro Asturiano

Swing Centro Live!
Thursday,  March 20th,  2008
featuring the Kings of Retro Swinging Blues...
Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo!

Thursday, March 20th, Swing Centro hosts a special night of live music and swing dancing featuring the kings of retro swinging blues, Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo!  The event starts with a group swing-dance lesson, 7-8pm (no partner needed), followed by live music & dancing, 8pm-midnight, all happening in the fabulous Grand Ballroom of Centro Asturiano in Tampa!

Get ready to jump... get ready to rock... get ready to swing! ...with Tampa Bay's most exciting swingin' act, Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo!  This talented & energetic band features sax, drums, bass, and Charlie himself on guitar, harmonica & vocals.  Whether it's uptempo & jumpin' or low down & gritty, these guys deliver a huge and varied repertoire of dance favorites... along with the power, the sound, and the excitement that'll pull you up out of your seat and get you onto your feet!  Experience the band for yourself at the upcoming Swing Time!

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).


Live Music & Dancing w/ Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo,  8pm-Midnight
Swing 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 $10  (includes Free Lesson);  Free Gated Parking

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

Retro Exhibits, Shopping, Fashion & More... Dancers Wanted!

Join us Saturday March 22nd at the St Petersburg Coliseum for the Baby Boomer Show.  A celebration of "boomerabilia nostalgia" from the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's, the Baby Boomer Show features an array of retro fun.  Swing Time will be spinning the top hits and dance tracks of the 1940's-1960's throughout the day, with open dancing and special performances.  The Show runs 10am-5pm, admission is $6 ($3 for children under 2), and the Coliseum is located at 535 4th Ave N in St Petersburg.

Dancers Wanted!  Join in the dancing fun on the Coliseum's beautiful hardwood floor.  There'll be a big dance area set up near the stage, with open dancing the entire time.  (Around noon will be the best dancing.)  Music will include a mix of good swing-dance stuff, plus cha chas, ballads, and anything else that was popular during the era(s).  You're encouraged to optionally dress in costume -- anything vintage-looking from either the 1940's, 1950's, or 1960's will work great.

In addition to music & dancing, the floor will be filled with exhibitors selling antiques & collectibles such as retro home furnishings & decor, pop culture icons, toys/games/dolls, vintage pin-ups, pulp fiction, militaria, and movie memorabilia, plus some great retro fashions and accessories.  Enjoy vintage fashions presented through "Tea Room" style modeling by Buffalo Gal Vintage.  See Dr Gary Moss's presentation on Monster & Horror Collectibles of the 1950's and 60's.  Dance to some great retro tunes, watch screenings of vintage TV commercials, and shop 'til you drop!

[Map & Directions]     [More Info]

Photos by Gary Hufford:  Check out Gary Hufford's latest photos from the Gulfport Casino Swing Nights.  Visit his web site and if you like some of the photos you see, you can order prints online.  View Photos

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PLEASE ENABLE IMAGES IN YOUR EMAIL PROGRAM ...Gulfport Casino Swing Night! Every WED @ Gulfport Casino

EVERY WEDNESDAY in Gulfport (St. Petersburg, FL)

The Gulfport Casino Swing Night is a high-energy social-dance event, happening in a beautiful retro-era grand dance hall -- the Gulfport Casino -- that beckons all who venture near to come inside and swing!  Now in its 10th year, this every-Wednesday Swing Night has become one of the biggest swing dances in the USA, attracting hundreds of dancers of all ages, both locals and often visiting travelers.

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)

The Gulfport Casino is located in the St. Petersburg area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport FL 33707.  For more info, visit www.SwingTime.info on the web, or click the links below:

[Map & Directions]     [More Info]

Click the links below for details on each event

   EVERY WEDNESDAY: Gulfport Casino Swing Night

Mar 20, 2008 (Thu): Swing Centro Live!
                    FINAL SWING CENTRO EVENT !
                    featuring Charlie Vegas & the New Blues Combo
                    The Kings of Retro Swinging Blues!
                    Tickets: $10; purchase at the door

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