20th Chicago Summerdance 2016 Season Announced

by Gail Dee/We Want Music Without Borders

Update June 7

Chicago Summerdance begins June 24 with Swing and culminates Sept. 11 iwith Cuban Son and Salsa.  Dancers will enjoy themselves on Friday and Saturday evenings  and Sunday afternoons to tango, country, Romanian  West African music, Steppin’,  House and more.  On August 20 a Tribute to Prince.  Thursday nights is no longer part of the schedule which in the past offered mainly international selections.  Correction: While Thursdays do not take place downtown at the Spirit of Music Garden –DCASE & Chicago Parks District together are presenting Summerdance in the Parks from July 9 thru Aug.    Another change is Sunday late afternoon and early evening is no longer reserved to mainly “ballroom” dancing type orchestras as it was for several years.

The several  recommended shows for WWMWB music loving fans will be during the Taste of Chicago –Brooklyn’s Las Hacheras (revives folkloric styles like son montuno, guaracha and salsa with Bomba, the fiery rhythm from the mountains of Puerto Rico July 9; Bahto Delo Delo (Lautaresc music of Clejani, Romania) July 10 ; Sierra Leona Refugee All Stars on July 11 and the following weekend Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys  July 17. In August- Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Soukous and Rumba, Cuban Son and Salsa) Aug 12 and in September- Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra (Cuban Son and Salsa) Sept 9 and Ola Fresca (Cuban Son, Salsa, Timba and Funk) on Sept. 10 open the World Music Festival Chicago (Sept.9-24).

Quality local favorite bands fill the majority of the evenings such as Flat Cats (swing) ; Angel Melendez and 911 Mambo Orchestra (salsa); Alan Gesik’s Swing Band; Hoyle Brothers (country); Sones de Mexico and Carpacho y Su Super Combo (salsa) and others.  Wired Fridays returns once a month as well as Steppin’ DJ’s too and a couple evenings of Indian music and dance Bollywood Bhangra.

Friday and Saturdays dance lessons at 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Bands start at 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  Sunday dance lesson from 4:00 to 5:00 pm; Bands start at 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  In the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (Balboa & Michigan).  FREE to the PUBLIC.   Seating available on perimeter lawn and refreshments too.  Updates and announcements (including weather-related announcements) will be shared on Facebook and on Twitter @SummerDanceChi. For more information, visit chicagosummerdance.org or call the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 312.744.3316.

Friday, June 24, 2016 – Swing The Flat Cats (Jump Blues, Swing)  /

Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Salsa Carpacho y Su Super Combo (Colombian, Salsa)

Sunday, June 26, 2016 – Tango and Milonga KAIA String Quartet and Richard Scofano (Argentine Tango)

Friday, July 1, 2016 – House Wired Fridays – Mario Smokin Diaz (6-9pm) soundcloud.com/mario-smokin-diaz / www.facebook.com

Saturday, July 2, 2016 – Steppin’ DJ Eric “ET” Taylor (Chicago Steppin’) www.facebook.com / instagram.com/djerictaylor/ Dawud and Lura Shareef (Chicago Steppin’)

Sunday, July 3, 2016 – Country Al Scorch and The Country Soul Ensemble (Two-Step, Western Swing)Jeffrey Cannon and Meg Kindelin (Country Two-Step, Waltz)

Friday, July 8, 2016 – Hustle and Western Swing Chicago Catz (R&B/Top 40) May I Have This Dance (Hustle & Western Swing)

Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Salsa and Cha-Cha Los Hacheros (Son Montuno, Guaracha and Salsa with Bomba) www.loshacheros.com / www.youtube.com / www.facebook.com/loshacheros /  Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa and Cha-Cha) www.danceacademyofsalsa.com

Sunday, July 10, 2016 – Romanian Music & Dance Bahto Delo Delo (Lautaresc music of Clejani) Balanski Igri (Romanian Folk Dances)

Friday, July 15, 2016 – Baskeda and West African Dance Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (Baskeda)www.youtube.com/user/slrefugeeallstars / www.facebook.com / twitter.com/refugeeallstars Idy Ciss (Traditional West African Dances)

Saturday, July 16 2016 – Mambo and Cha-Cha Angel Melendez and The 911 Mambo Orchestra (Big Band Mambo)www.facebook.com/AngelMelendezAndThe911MamboOrchestra Mixed Motion Art (Mambo, Cha-Cha) www.mixedmotionart.com

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – Zydeco Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys (Zydeco) www.jefferybroussard.com Buddy Bates and Monica Vachlon (Zydeco)

Friday, July 22, 2016 – Swing DJ Mellow Khris (Steppin’)www.youtube.com / soundcloud.com/dj-mellow-khris

Saturday, July 23, 2016 – Swing Joel Paterson and the Modern Sounds (’30s and ’40s Swing) www.joelpaterson.comwww.youtube.com / www.facebook.com/thejoelpatersonBig City Swing (East Coast Swing) www.bigcityswing.com /

Sunday, July 24, 2016 – Bollywood DJ Krush (Bollywood) shaadientertainment.com / www.facebook.com/shaadientBollywood Groove (Bollywood) www.bollygroove.com / www.youtube.com

Friday, August 5, 2016 – House Wired Fridays – Mickey Oliver www.mickeyoliver.com

Saturday, August 6, 2016 – Swing Sons of Susan (Jazz, Blues, Swing, Western Swing and Hokum) Dance Center Chicago (East Coast Swing)www.dancecenterchicago.com

Sunday, August 7, 2015 – Ballroom and Big Band Alan Gresik Swing Orchestra (Ballroom and Big Band) Kasper Dance Studio (Fox-Trot)

Friday, August 12, 2016 – Salsa Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Soukous and Rumba, Cuban Son and Salsa) www.makinaloca.com Arthur Murray Dance Center (Salsa) chicagoarthurmurray.com /

Saturday, August 13, 2016 – Steppin’ DJ Calvin (Steppin’) www.steppersusa.com Dawud and Lura Shareef (Steppin’)

Sunday, August 14, 2016 – Country The Hoyle Brothers (Honky-Tonk Country) www.hoylebrothers.com Jeffrey Cannon and Meg Kindelin (Country Two-Step, Waltz)

Friday, August 19, 2016 – Tamburitza Music and Dance KGB Band (Tamburitza Music) Ethnic Dance Chicago (Southern and Central European Folk Dances) www.ethnicdance.net / www.facebook.com/ethnicdance / twitter.com/ethnicdanceguru

Saturday, August 20, 2016 – A Purple Party: Tribute to Prince (6-9pm) Kwest_on

Sunday, August 21, 2016 – Tango and Milonga Maldito Tango Duo (Argentine Tango) www.facebook.com/malditotangoduo Tango 21 (Argentine Tango) www.tango21chicago.com

Friday, August 26, 2016 – Salsa Nabori with Yoko (Salsa) www.naborisalsa.com Latin Rhythms – Academy of Dance and Performance (Salsa) www.latinrhythmsdance.com / www.youtube.com

Saturday, August 27, 2016 – Mexican Son Sones de Mexico Ensemble (Regional Mexican Folk Dance Music) www.sonesdemexico.com / www.youtube.com/user/sonesdemexico /Lorena Iniguez (Veracruz Folk Dancing and Mexican Polkas)

Sunday, August 28, 2016 – Ballroom Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)www.teddyleeorchestra.com / http://www.youtube.com Fred Astaire Dance Studio – West Loop (Waltz, Rumba)

Friday, September 2, 2016 – House (6-9pm)Wired Fridays – Paul Johnson www.agencysounds.com/Artist/PaulJohnson /

Saturday, September 3, 2016 – Swing The Fat Babies (’20s and ’30s Jazz and Swing) www.thefatbabies.com / www.youtube.com Big City Swing (East Coast Swing)

Sunday, September 4, 2016 – Contra and Square Dance Golden Horse Ranch Band (Country and Square Dance) goldenhorseranch.com / www.youtube.com Annie Coleman (Square and Contra Dancing, Line Dancing, Polka, Waltz)

Friday, September 9, 2016 – Salsa Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra (Cuban Son and Salsa) Fred Astaire Dance Studio – West Loop (Salsa)

Saturday, September 10, 2016 – Salsa Ola Fresca (Cuban Son, Salsa, Timba and Funk) www.olafresca.com / www.youtube.com / soundcloud.com/pipikirecords Chicago Dance (Salsa) www.chicagodance.com

Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Bhangra Kalapriya presents Bhangra Blowout with DJ and live Dhol (Bhangra)

See more here; http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance.html

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