There’s still plenty of time to step on over to The National WWII Museum for a Sunday Swing concert. The popular music event series was created just after Hurricane Katrina for the purpose of reconnecting locals to the museum. What better way to accomplish that goal than to relive the big band sounds of the 1920s when music and dance were synonymous.
On Sunday, nearly 100 patrons hit the dance floor to the sounds of the Pfister Sisters. Steeped in the musical style of the Boswell Sisters who achieved national fame during the peak of the swing era, the Pfister Sisters’ harmonies provided the perfect motivator to get your feet moving.
The day’s master of ceremonies was Mandi Ridgdell of the Victory Bells who shared that there are two more Sunday Swing concerts left in the series. The Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band will be featured on Aug. 24, and the sounds of the Victory Big Band will close it all out Aug. 31.
“What I love about this event are the young people that come out each week to learn the dance steps,” Ridgdell said.
Indeed, there were plenty of kids kicking up their heels on this day. But for me, it was the seniors who impressed. They just seemed to glide with a grace and poise that only comes from growing up with this music genre. What’s truly beautiful about Sunday Swing at the WWII Museum is how the generations interact with each other when they mix it up on the floor by rotating dance partners.
Learning the moves from the generation that lived the Swing era is a take-away treasure that many of these kids truly appreciate. But in case you are a just a little bit rusty or new to this dance style, Sunday Swing offers free dance lessons from a professional for one hour before the band takes the stage.
Admission is $10 per person or $5 if you are a museum member. The ticket price includes the dance lesson from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the show, which runs from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Come alone if you like — there are plenty of potential dance partners on hand — or bring a friend. I can’t think of a better way to spend a hot August Sunday afternoon than inside the cool WWII Museum dancing your troubles away.
For information on Sunday Swing and future events planned this season, visit www.nationalww2museum.org. Hope to see out on the dance floor next Sunday!
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