Posts filed under ‘Dance Parties’
Join in the Summertime Fun Reggae Style as Hot Like Fire Lights Up Boston’s Infamous Downtown Crossing: August 28th, Tuesday & August 30th and September 6th, Thursday (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
Yes indeed!It’s a block party and you’re invited for free. That’s right, no cover charge for one of Boston’s top Caribbean party bands. Widely considered to be the no. 1 dance band on the East coast that performs reggae in true authentic style, Hot Like Fire has been nominated three times for the Boston Music Awards and is the 2011 winner of the New England Urban Music Award for Best Caribbean Band. Dance, dance, dance up a storm in front of Downtown Crossing’s Macys , to the reggae beats of the bands originally composed tunes, Bob Marley oldies and other well-seasoned crowd favorites, as well as special arrangements of top hits from other popular genres. You can even expect some soca, ska, and calypso style sounds thrown in for a little extra variety. Hot Like Fire always gets and keeps the crowd going while they demand encore after encore performance.
SurfSide5 Beach Bar & Grill (Beach Party)
Can’t make the block party? Then just come to the beach party at the SurfSide5 in Salisbury, MA. Every Sunday during the summer season and on into the fall, Hot Like Fire attracts approximately 600 fans to this seaside eatery’s 8,ooo square foot outdoor dance floor. In addition to the music, you can enjoy their picnic style fare of fresh Maine lobster, New England clam chowder, a variety of salads, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and hot dogs too. Come to either of these two events and I guarantee you that you will be movin’ and groovin’ to some of the very best reggae around anywhere!
About the Band
Kelly B., the band’s leader and composer, founded the group in 1998 while a student at the Berklee School of Music. After a trip to Barbados, she was inspired to start-up her own reggae band. Hot Like Fire’s current membership includes: Kelly B. on lead and back-up vocals, trumpet, and percussion, John “Redd” Lima on back-up vocals and keyboards, M’ Talewa Thomas on bass, Glen “De General” Grant on drums, Charleston Sarjeant on keyboards and steel pan, and dj Flex Murder on vocals.
When: August 28th, Tuesday and August 30th and September 6th, Thursday (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
Where: Downtown Crossing (In front of Macys)
When: Sundays (Summer season – Columbus Day) – Starting at 4:00 p.m. and continuing until anywhere between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Where: SurfSide5 Bar & Grill (Salisbury, MA)
Admission: No cover charge listed
More Info: 978-463=9222
Learn to Dance the Argentine Tango with the Experts at the Tango Affair and Then … Hit the Dance Floor in Grand Style
Why not take your appreciation of Latin music to a whole new level with some tango lessons from the folks at the TangoAffair. What better way to increase your connection with the music than to move to it in a most authentic fashion. Rest assured that these experts will having you doing just that in no time! Their well constructed dance program, under the direction of well-seasoned and highly popular instructor, performer, and choreographer Simonida Cekovic-Vuletic, provides students with not only lessons in the art of Argentine tango but also ample opportunity to enjoy their newly developed skills out on the dance floor at one of their regularly scheduled Milongas (traditional tango parties). Vida Mia takes place on the 4th Friday of the month and often includes a mini-workshop given by a guest expert. This special lesson is specifically geared towards intermediate level dancers. Then its party-time featuring a live dj hosting plenty of dance activity designed for tango enthusiasts of all levels. Additional Milongas are also regularly scheduled throughout the year.
Attention!!! I want to point out here that dance classes at the TangoAffair are at a hiatus right now but will be starting up again soon, featuring lesson series designed for both beginners and intermediate level dancers. Check their website for further details and updates. I wanted to give you a heads up here so you can sign up in plenty of time to participate fully in the upcoming sessions. Private lessons are also available by special request. This program, which originated on the campus of MIT, is fully open to the public at this time and is expanding to multiple locations around the Boston area. Obviously, tango fever seems to be spreading in and around Boston! Why not then, come and experience some of the excitement yourself at the TangoAffair.
(Check back to the website for further details and updates on the upcoming lesson series)
When: Classes are 1 hour and 15 minutes long
Vida Mia – Workshop (8:00 – 9:00 p.m.) / Dance Party (9:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m.)
Where: Classes held in Cambridge, Arlington, Watertown, Boston
Admission: Fees specific to each event
Vida Mia (Milonga) – Workshop ($10.00) / Dance party ($12.00)
MIT students with ID ($5.00 discount)
More Info: 617-497-5568 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy Two Great Balkan Music Events for the Price of One Each and Every Month!: Saturdays (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
This is one highly entertaining Balkan inspired event to be sure! Since 1997, the Zdravets folk ensemble has been faithfully providing the public with a dance party, concert, and social get together all in one, each and every month. Hit the dance floor, mix and mingle, or just sit back and chill out to the wonderful and intriguing sounds of purely authentic traditional music originating from Bulgaria, the Republic of Macedonea, and their Balkan neighbors. Zdravets, who refer to themselves as “Boston’s friendly neighborhood Bulgarian band”, is well known for their ability to throw a good party with music that naturally lifts the attendees’ spirits, keeping one and all in a festive and fun-loving mood all evening long. The dancing is performed group-style so no partners necessary. In addition, I would point out this is a very laid back event, so dress comfortably and rest assured that dance steps will be less complex in nature and will be demonstrated for the sake of any beginners in the crowd. Dancers with all levels of experience are happily accommodated for!!! Now here’s the added bonus that comes with this particular event. During the rest periods, dancers will actually be treated to a mini concert, compliments of Zdravets of course! There will also be a refreshment table on the premises where you can meet your fellow party guests. Culinary donations made in honor of the party feast are welcomed.
The name Zdravets refers to a wild species of geranium which thrives year round on the mountain-sides of Bulgaria. To the native population, this bloom represents health and endurance. And appropriately so, such is the state of the band’s music which has itself been thriving for over 20 years! Much of their repertoire is representative of Bulgarian folk genres, which are characterized by their irregular rhythms, tightly spaced harmonic structures, and sonic intensity. The bands instrumental selections literally beckon one to get up and dance while the sharply vivid harmonies of the vocal numbers cannot help but grab ones attention. They take the authenticity of their traditional music very seriously as many of their interpretations are based on actual field recordings of native folk musicians. In addition, Zdravets performs for the most part on ethnic instruments including: kaval, gadulka, tambura, tapan, tarabuka, and gaida. Aside from regular local appearances throughout New England, this nine-member folk ensemble has appeared oversees in Bulgaria at such prestigious events as the National Folklore and Petrova Niva festivals and on native national television and radio as well. Their latest recording is entitled “Late Harvest“. Thanks to the enthusiastic and dedicated efforts of Zdravets, Bostonians can enjoy first-rate Balkan music and dance virtually every month of the year!
When: Saturdays (Monthly) (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
Where: Church of Our Savior (Arlington)
More Info: 617-964-2003 OR email@example.com
Begin 2012 on the “Right Note” to the Glorious Sounds of World Music: December 31st – January 1st (Saturday – Sunday)
As New Year’s Eve 2012 quickly approaches, I am happy to announce that opportunities abound in and around the Boston area to mark the celebration with an evening of world music. And why not, I ask? Here is a list of some of the ethnic-oriented music events taking place in and around town on this very special evening:
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Folk Arts Center of New England – International folk dance party featuring live music by Barbara Pixton and Friends. Refreshment buffet also included
Tango Society of Boston – Dinner and dancing
Venu NYE 2012 – Dj hosted dance party emphasizing Latin music with additional genres from around the world
Mojitos – Dj hosted Latin dance party with all-you-can-eat buffet included
Bella Luna Milky Way Restaurant and Lounge – Cuban-themed dinner followed by Latin dance party featuring The Lee Wilson Movement
Ryles Jazz Club – Dj hosted ballroom and Latin dance party
Havana Club’s New Year’s Eve Salsa Party – Dj hosted dance party featuring live dance performances by Salsa y Control. Salsa lessons also included
Weekly Saturday night entertainment – Canga Tapas Bar
Glitz & Glamour 2012 (Geared towards 20s & 30s crowd) – Dance party hosted by djs spinning Bhangra and Bollywood hits
First Night Boston – Dance Party with award-winning band “Hot Like Fire” bringing you reggae and soca
Precinct – Dance party featuring reggae and ska fusion with the Doctor Doom Orchestra and Danny Pease & the Regulators
Irish Cultural Centre of New England – Dinner followed by dance party featuring live Irish music
Malden Irish American Club – Dinner and dance party with live Irish music by The Noel Henry Showband
The Black Rose – Traditional Irish dinner and Happy Hour/dance party featuring live Irish music with Sundays Well, Jim Coyle, and Celtic Clan
The Burren Pub – Join Helena Delaney and an accompanying all-star cast of musicians for live Irish music around the bar (listing not included on music calendar)
Four Green Fields – Join the Prodigals for live Irish rock music around the bar
The Red Fez – Dinner and dance party featuring live Arabic music and a belly dancer.
Weekly Saturday night entertainment – Kasbah Restaurant
Olympia Restaurant – Dinner and live Greek music with Enosis
Uhuru Afrika’s New Year’s Eve Fete – Dj hosted African dance party which includes live percussion performances by Sidy Maiga. Also enjoy African food and drink and an additional “surprise” live performance
Learn to Dance the Hula in True, Authentic Style with the Experts of The Hula Workshop of Southern New England: December 20th, Tuesday @ 8:00 p.m.
In the mood for a little holiday fun? And who isn’t this time of year! The folks from the Hula Workshop of Southern New England are giving dance lessons at Johnny D’s in Somerville. Now here is your rare chance to learn this most beautiful Polynesian performance art with expert instructors from the area’s top rated Hawaiian cultural organization. Collectively they represent 30+ years of experience as instructors, performers, and cultural consultants. Led by Carol Anne Buckley, workshop founder and head instructor, this informal class is designed to teach you more than just dance moves. At the end of the session you will actually walk away with some knowledge of Hawaiian culture and language as well. Learn the art of storytelling as it is represented through expressive hula movements in both traditional and modern styles. Students with all levels of experience are welcome. And to top it all off world music fans, John “Tin Pan Handle” Hicks and friends will be on hand to liven up the party with plenty of Polynesian music for your dancing and listening pleasure!
If it just so happens that you come away from this event with a hunger for more of the same, then by all means check out the Hula Workshop’s web site for more info. on all that they have to offer in the way of classes and private lessons, event planning and hosting, shows, and more. Buckley, herself, is actually a former resident of Hawaii where she learned her art from the islands’ top dance masters. Also armed with a college education in Hawaiian language arts she has enjoyed a highly versatile career, sharing her expertise with others in numerous aspects of the native culture. So if you want to learn a little hula, while having a whole lot of fun doing it, just let the experts at the Hula Workshop of Southern New England show you the ropes!
Where: Johnny D’s Uptown (Somerville)
Tickets: Cover charge at the door.
In order to be guaranteed a seat you must have a dinner table reservation or be willing to possibly stand for the performance.
More Info: 617-776-2004 OR 617-800-9720
Learn to Dance Latino Style While Sampling a Variety of Scrumptious Authentic Homemade Cuisine: Hosted by the Folk Arts Center of New England: December 10th, Saturday (4:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
The Folk Arts Center of New England is hosting a very special Salsa Dance Workshop with well-seasoned dance instructor Greg Coles. Also a dj and known for his infectious energy, this Tufts University professor will have you movin’ and groovin’ in no time to the sweet sounds of his specially selected Latin music excerpts. Actually, they could call this event the “Salsa and Beyond Dance Workshop” since Mr. Coles will also be teaching Bachata, Merengue, and ChaChaCha dance moves as well, while he shares with students his most authentic knowledge of the art of Latin dance enhanced by a very unique sense of style all his own. Instruction will be tailored to party goers with all levels of dance experience, singles and couple alike, so don’t be shy even if you are a total beginner. What makes this event extra special is the potluck supper featuring fine homemade Latin cuisine. Yum! Oh and, of course, there will be a dance party following the lessons. The FAC does ask that all workshop participants please wear “soft-soled” shoes only and refrain from the use of fragrances of any kind as some are allergic to these substances.
In addition to his educational activities at Tufts University where he specializes in African dance, Greg also teaches both drumming and dancing at his own local studio “Greg Coles Drum & Dance“. He has been appearing frequently at numerous instructional and entertainment events around the area since the 1990’s and in the process has worked with countless students of all age groups and skill levels. As a youth, he began developing his dance skills in a wide array of styles and eventually wound up with a scholarship at the most prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance School in NYC. In fact, Mr. Ailey himself was so impressed with his student that Greg was appointed as a curator of his private library for an entire summer season. Upon relocation to the Boston area, he began to build his reputation as a first- rate dance instructor simply by showing fellow party goers dance moves on an informal basis at clubs around town. Now as a full-time professional, he prides himself not only in developing excellent dance skills among his students but also in raising their awareness of the critical role that social dancing can potentially play in the enrichment of their everyday lives. What better way to enhance your Latin music listening pleasure than by learning some new ethnic dance moves at the hands of one of the areas best pros. And don’t forget while you’re at it … there’ll be plenty of tasty Latin cuisine to go around too!
Pre-registration highly recommended but not required
When: December 10th, Saturday (4:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
Workshop – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Dance Party – 8:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Where: Park Avenue Congregational Church – Parish Hall (Arlington)
Admission: Prices vary (See details – Please remember to bring food)
More Info: Contacts
Experience Your Favorite Top 40 Hits of Times Past in a Whole New Light with World Fusion Artists Island Storm: August 25th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.
Island Storm is one of Boston’s newest world music ensembles and they have cooked-up their own special versions of some of the most popular American hits of times past, complete with a distinctive ethnic flair. Talk about bridging the cultural gap, this is definitely a rather direct yet interesting approach. Imagine your favorite soul, R&B, funk, pop, and rock hits of yester year rearranged in various world beat styles, oftentimes but definitely not limited to, reggae. Artists featured in the band’s repertoire include the likes of The Beatles, The Stones, Bill Withers, Bonne Rait, James Brown, Joe Jackson, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and more. There’s even few reggae originals thrown into the mix by Bob Marley, of course, and others. By the way, this band comes well prepared to keep the audience up and dancing all night long!
The quartet that is Island Storm shares many many years of playing experience between them including:
Rho (lead vocals, guitar) – Also trained as a classical violinist, he brings many years of “island music” performance experience to the table and was formerly the lead with the local reggae band DreadRocks. He is also especially well versed in other genres including: psychedelic rock, folk, Latin, jazz, and electronica.
Michael Iannantuoni – Artistic Director – (drums, percussion, vocals) – Trained formally at the South Shore Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and The Percussion Institute of Technology, he has gone on to perform with some of the most well-known musicians in the business. He’s has shared the stage with The Platters, Tavares, Little Richard, Soul City, and The Rockin’ Soul Horns as well as collaborating with such record industry successes as Steve Oliver,Tim Bogart, Jeff Berlin, Bruce Bartlett, Jimmy Herrin, Lourdes Pita, and others.
Marc Leishman (guitar, vocals) – In the 30+ years of performing all over New England, this Berklee grad has appeared at virtually every well-known entertainment venue in the area. Remember the smash hit “I Only Have Eyes for You” from the 80s, by The Flamingos? Leishman actually performed with the band’s founding member for a spell. He is a specialist in blues, rock, country, pop, R&B, jazz and world fusion genres.
Mark Gibson (bass, vocals) – He was originally a classical clarinetist performing with various orchestral groups before turning to the electric guitar and bass. Since then he has enjoyed 15 years experience as a local producer and recording artist.
So, if you are ready to experience some of your old popular favorites from yesteryear in a whole new light with that special ethnic flair, then Island Storm is the band for you. Come on out to Johnny D’s this coming Thursday evening and see what they’re all about.
21+ (Exceptions are made for some shows during the week or early evening on the weekend – call in advance)
When: August 25th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: Davis Square (Somerville)
Tickets: Cover charge at the door