Summertime | Raleigh Elks Lodge | Socials | Indy Week



When: Thu., May 27, 8-10:30 p.m. 2010

Nostalgia never goes out of style. Everything that's been around before has the potential to come back filtered through rose-colored glasses. Big band music has had various revival moments since exiting after World War II. Now it comes back to the Triangle in the guise of a one-night dance event celebrating the 75th anniversary of George Gershwin's 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The work chronicles African-American life in Charleston's Catfish Row (based on the real-life Cabbage Row) as the Roaring '20s begin to fire up. It weaves together orchestra and jazz techniques and is considered to be Gershwin's greatest work. The 19-piece Tune Swingers Orchestra, led by vocalist Donna Francis, plays a range of styles from cotillion standards, waltzes and fox-trot to more modern Latin dances and retro-hip swing. Also on the set list will be other big-band standards. There will be a cash bar, a wooden dance floor and free parking. —Sarah Ewald

Price: $12/person; $9/person for groups of 10 or more

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