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Swing Time Newsletter — Tuesday NOVEMBER 12th 2013

Swing Dance this Wednesday (Nov 13) at the Gulfport Casino!  Learn Foxtrot 6-7pm featuring special guest instructors from Dance Forever studio.  That's followed by Swing Dance Lessons 7-8pm with Sam & Katy, then Dancing 8-11pm.  Just $7 includes both lessons and the dance and students get 2-for-1 admission!  Is your birthday coming up?  Celebrate your birthday at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night!

Upcoming Bonus Lessons: (6-7pm Wednesdays at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night)

THREE LIVE-BAND WEEKEND SWING DANCES! — Many of you have asked "When's the next LIVE BAND event?" and "When's the next WEEKEND swing dance?"  Coming soon is your rare chance to dance to live music AND sleep in the next day!  Support these events if you want more bands and more weekend dances in the future:
   1. Friday Night Swing Dance (11/22 @ Marriott Sand Key) Advance Tickets
      5 Bands + options for all tastes...Big Band, Jazz, Cajun/Zydeco, Rockabilly & more!
   2. Saturday Swing Spectacular (11/23 @ Dimmitt Community Center) Advance Tickets
      Celebrate Swing Time's 13th Anniversary! Live Music by Orlando's Fruit Stand Jam Band!
   3. Pre-Thanksgiving Swing Bash (11/27 Wed @ Gulfport Casino)
      Live Music by D.W. Gill & the Swingin' Jukes!
Buy Advance Tickets for the Friday Night Swing Dance and the Saturday Swing Spectacular right now securely online or this Wednesday (11/13) or next Wednesday (11/20) at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night.

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, the weekend starts Wednesday night, when Swing Time hosts a special evening of live music and swing dancing!  Wednesday, November 27th, 2013, 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 live jump/blues and swing music by D.W. Gill & the Swingin' Jukes.  It starts with a Foxtrot Dance Lesson 6-7pm, followed by Swing Dance Lesson 7-8pm, then Live Music & Dancing 8-11pm.  Admission's just $10 (get your tickets at the door), all ages are welcome, no partner is needed, and it all happens in the spectacular waterfront ballroom of the Gulfport Casino!

D.W. Gill & the Swingin' Jukes are a five-piece outfit featuring D.W. Gill on vocals, harmonica & sax, plus the area's finest jump-blues veterans: Matt Swenson on guitar, Tom "TBone" Hamilton on bass, Dennis "Jungle Denny" McCarthy on drums, and Marshall DeMott on saxophone.  Get ready to dance to a diverse mix of jump, swing, and blues originals & classics, with a bit of New Orleans flavor thrown in!

Fruit Stand Jam Band Dimmitt Community Center SATURDAY SWING SPECTACULAR
Celebrate Swing Time's 13th Anniversary

Saturday November 23rd,  9:00pm-Midnight,  at Dimmitt Community Center in Belleair

Live music by the Fruit Stand Jam Band.  After a day at the beaches, the party hops over to the town of Belleair on the mainland.  Saturday night's main event features dancing on the smooth hardwood floors of the Dimmitt Community Center gymnasium.  This dance hall is huge!  Orlando's 6-piece Lindy-Hop-inspired dance band, the Fruit Stand Jam Band, headlines a night full of dancing, fun, surprises, ...and anniversary cake!  Saturday's Swing Spectacular is presented by Swing Time & The Lindy Connection.  Tickets are $17 in advance (deadline to purchase advance tickets is 11:59pm Thursday 11/21/2013) -or- $20 at the door (cash only).  Advance tickets are available online ( Buy Advance Tickets: $17/each ) or this Wednesday (11/13) and next Wednesday (11/20) at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night.

The Fruit Stand Jam Band is a 6-piece Lindy-Hop-inspired dance band hailing from Orlando, Florida.  The Fruit Stand Jam Band was formed in 2011 by six avid lindy hopping friends and musicians who wanted to play music that inspired the dance.  Pulsing rhythm, swinging melodies and solos, and hot horns and vocals are just a few ingredients that have made this traditional jazz ensemble a favorite among Orlando dancers!  The band is currently in hot demand at dance events across the region.

at the Suncoast Jazz Classic festival

Friday November 22nd,  6pm-Midnight+,  at Marriott Sand Key

Dance to FIVE superbly swinging bands from across the USA!  Each band performs one full set of music for your dancing pleasure!  The lineup is:

   6:15- 7:15pm - Cornet Chop Suey (St. Louis, MO)
   7:30- 8:30pm - Dave Bennett & the Memphis Boys (Detroit, MI)
   8:45- 9:45pm - Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band (Orlando, FL)
  10:00-11:00pm - Kelly/Scott Sextet (Jacksonville, FL)
  11:15-12:15am - Wally's Warehouse Waifs (Michigan)

HUGE DANCE FLOOR — This dance takes place in the big Sand Key Ballroom (2nd Floor) of the fabulous Marriott on Sand Key.  For one night only, the Sand Key Ballroom will be set up dance-style, with chairs moved to the walls and the entire floor cleared for dancing!  Doors open 6pm.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Attention Dancers! — Your ticket gets you into both the Swing Dance AND the other four music halls of the festival!  Cajun/Zydeco fans will want to catch Tom Rigney & Flambeau, one of the hottest bands on the American roots music scene, playing two sets of music (6:15-7:15pm & 10-11pm) at the Sheraton across the street (which has a dance floor).  Rock'n'Roll/Rockabilly fans will want to check out Dave Bennett & the Memphis Boys, an incredibly talented act also playing two sets of music (7:30-8:30pm @ Marriott & 11:15pm-12:15am @ Sheraton).  Big Band Swing fans will find an abundance of music in the big-band style.  Jazz lovers will delight to the variety of swinging jazz bands.  Complete Band Schedule

Tickets are $22 in advance (deadline to purchase advance tickets is 11:59pm Thursday 11/21/2013) -or- $25 at the door.  Advance tickets are available online ( Buy Advance Tickets: $22/each ) or this Wednesday (11/13) and next Wednesday (11/20) at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night.

Swingin' the New Year happens 12/31/2013 at the spectacular St. Petersburg Coliseum!  This annual Grand New Year's Eve Celebration for All Ages has become Florida's biggest swing-dance event.  This year's Celebration features the 18-Piece Tom Kats Big Band!  Get details & purchase tickets at www.TampaBaySwing.com.  This year's Swingin' the New Year promises to be the greatest ever...make plans now to join us!

Purchase Tickets Now securely online to save $5 AND secure the best seats!  Tickets are $25 if purchased by December 10th, or $30 after December 10th.  Group discounts and VIP Alcoves and Tables are available for parties of 10 or more, so start organizing your group today.

Free Alcove SuperSpecial — Save $155! — Only 6 Alcoves Remain

SWING TIME SECTION — We've reserved a central block of 60 of the best seats in the house for Swing Time regulars, and are selling these Wednesdays at the Gulfport Casino Swing Nights, while they last!  So if you'd like to hang with the Swing Time crowd, get your ticket(s) this Wednesday!  Tickets in the Swing Time Section are available exclusively to dancers who attend (and purchase them in person at) prior Swing Time events.

Get ready for the ultimate swing-dance weekend, coming November 22nd-24th to Tampa Bay!  Not just Lindy Hop, but all kinds of swing dancing, blues dancing, and other dancing will be danced!  With 3 days & 3 nights of nonstop dancing, and more live music than any other dance weekend on the planet, the Tampa Bay Lindy Exchange will be an excitement-filled weekend to remember!  Spectacular venues...swinging on the beaches...amazing band lineup...major music festival...fun dance contest...daytime dances...evening dances...nightly dances...late-night dances!  Buy a Weekend Pass -or- Advance Tickets to individual dances (advance-purchase deadline 11:59pm Thursday 11/21/2013).  Weekend Passes get you into ALL EVENTS of the Tampa Bay Lindy Exchange, and are $88 in advance or $99 at the door.

Tampa Bay Lindy Exchange at a Glance...9 Events...Over 40 Hours of Dancing!
Day Time Place Event Band/Music A la Carte
FRI 6pm-Midnight Marriott Sand Key Swing Dance @ Suncoast Jazz Classic 5 Bands! $22 / $25
FRI 12:30am-4:30am Dancer's Co-op Late-Night Swing & Blues Rebecca Zapen Trio $13 / $15
SAT 10am-5pm Sheraton & Marriott on Sand Key Suncoast Jazz Classic Festival 25 Acts on 5 Stages $22
SAT 5pm-8pm Pier 60 Pavilion Sunset Swing Beach Bash Lindy Connection DJs Free
SAT 9pm-Midnight Dimmitt Community Center Saturday Swing Spectacular Fruit Stand Jam Band $17 / $20
SAT 12:30am-4:30am Dancer's Co-op Late-Night Blues Dance Betty Fox Band $13 / $15
SUN 11am-4pm Marshall Center Amphitheater Swinging with the Bulls USF Swinging Bulls DJ Free
SUN 8pm-Midnight Zendah Grotto Swing Sunday LIVE Kid Dutch & his Blusicians $17 / $20
SUN Midnight-4am Simone Salsa Midnight Modern Mixer DJ Natch $5

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