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Last Dance at the Zendah Grotto – SUNDAY May 31st

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  • After 15 1/2 years hosting Sunday Dances and welcoming thousands of swing dancers from all over the world to Tampa’s Biggest Swing Dance at the Zendah Grotto, Swing Gang will be saying goodbye to this building. The Grotto Club is getting ready for sale.

    In 1949, Zendah Grotto purchased this surplus Air Force mess hall from the US Government in Drew Park. They then began to remodel it for dances, club meetings, boy scouts, civic meetings and even a voting station for years. For decades the Zendah Grotto has housed the best floating hardwood dance floor in Tampa, and with the help of the internet the Zendah Grotto is famous among swing dancers all over the world.

    Swing Gang will continue to do swing dance events in the Tampa Bay area, so keep your subscription with the Swing Dance News – http://swingdancenews.com for all the latest and the greatest.  MOST OF ALL, we only have ONE SUNDAY left at the Zendah Grotto.

    The last Sunday is MAY 31st and it will be a Grand Reunion Finale like we have never had before. You will see dancers that haven’t been together in forever to re-experience the good times and honor and say goodbye to this historic swing dance venue.

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    Professor Pennygoode’s Mighty Flea Circus plays The GRAND REUNION FINALE of Swing Sunday LIVE at the Zendah Grotto May 31st in Tampa, Florida. The band hits the stage at 8PM after a one hour group swing dance lesson. They are a jive, swing, rockabilly, and jump-blues band playing the most toe-tappin’est, heart pumpin’est, partner swingin’est music around! Playing rug-cutting tunes from Jive-Era Swing, to 50’s Rockabilly, Roots, and Jump — music that has stood the test of time — Professor Pennygoode’s Mighty Flea Circus delivers a high quality, authentic show!” Hailing from the east coast of Florida, the band is a big hit with dancers and was featured at the final dance of the Tampa Lindy Exchange in 2014.

    Admission is $12 at the door.

    This is a very special night marking the final dance of the historic Zendah Grotto that has hosted Swing Gang’s Sunday Swing for 15 1/2 years. The building is being prepared for sale after this dance. Please attend if you can. It will be a momentous night for all of the Swing Dance community. The night will feature a group swing dance lesson with Will and Katy from 7-8 pm, VIP Guest DJs between sets and to finish off the night of dancing and a special night with Professor Pennygoode’s Mighty Flea Circus.

    Let’s make the last Sunday at the Grotto the very best!

    —See you there—

     

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The 3rd Annual Stars & Stripes USO Show presented by Bright House Networks at the Armed Forces History Museum on Saturday, October 11th will feature the Lorri Hafer Swingin’ Band as well as tribute performances of big band singing sensations by Andy Stefano’s Cast of All Stars.  This spectacular big band show, dance and salute to our nation’s troops will also feature show hostesses, vintage attire, era actors, photo opportunities, a full bar, valet parking and a red carpet welcome.  The event is a fundraiser for the museum’s veteran and youth education programs.

 Lorri Hafer is no stranger to the big band sound and delivery.  She is the daughter of composer /arranger /Academy Award nominee Al Ham and his wife, Mary Mayo.  They met while they were both performing with the post war Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke. She started her career at the age of five on the Guy Mitchell record, “If You Ever Go Away”, and as a model for the Madame Alexander Doll Company.  In 1971, Lorri was the lead vocalist with The Hillside Singers, who, along with her mother Mary Mayo, recorded the Coca-Cola song, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony”.  Lorri and several members of The Hillside Singers were reunited in 2003 on the PBS Special, “American Soundtrack: This Land is Our Land – The Folk Rock Years 2”.

 In 1981, Lorri was the opening act for organist Lenny Dee at his supper club when she visited a jam session.  It was there that she met fellow musician Mike Hafer, whom she later married. Shortly thereafter, Lorri toured as the featured vocalist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra throughout the United States and Japan.  She was also a special guest vocalist for Buddy Morrow and The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

 Following these tours, Mike and Lorri began their own U.S. tour and recorded their first CD, “Something Cool” in 1986.  Lorri and Mike founded The Music of Your Life Trio in 1988.  Mike and Lorri’s second album, “You’re My Best Friend”, a collection of inspirational songs, was released in 1994, and the duo was featured on several inspirational programs including The 700 Club.

 Lorri’s first solo CD, “The Very Thought of You”, was released in 2001. Featuring a collection of standards from the Great American Songbook, the CD  includes a swinging solo version of The Hillside Singers 1971 hit, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony”.  The CD received both national and international airplay in the US, the UK, Italy, the Caribbean, and New Zealand.

 In 2004, Lorri was invited to be a part of the Music of Your Life show in Branson, MO where Lorri was the featured vocalist with Les Brown’s Band of Renown.  Les Brown, Jr. stated,  “Lorri is a smash hit! I watched her mesmerize a standing room only packed theater. I was so impressed with her vocal clarity and stylings…the crowd embraced her.”

 Lorri has shared the stage with Margaret Whiting, Frankie Laine, The Four Lads, Deana Martin, Maria Muldaur, Eric Darling of The Rooftop Singers, Jim Brady of The Sandpipers, and Denny Doherty and Michele Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas, and Trini Lopez.  Lorri also appeared as the opening act for comedian Bob Newhart at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa.  Most recently, Lorri made her debut at NYC’s famed Metropolitan Room.

Saturday October 11th  the Lorri Hafer Swingin’ Band will make their way to the Armed Forces History Museum as Bright House Networks presents the 3rd Annual Stars & Stripes USO Show.  Tickets are $24 for general admission with doors opening at 7pm.  A limited number of $50 VIP tickets are available, which includes a  pre-event full dinner at 6pm.  Tickets may be purchased at armedforcesmuseum.com, by calling 727.539.8371 or in person at the museum.  VIP tickets have sold out the past two years.

 The event is sponsored by USO Central Florida, Swing Gang, Walgreens, the Tampa Bay Times, the Florida Restaurant Purchasing Group  and Bright House Networks.

Kick Start your Lindy Hop – THURS JULY 3RD, 2014

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THURSDAY JULY 3RD, 2014
AT THE ZENDAH GROTTO
4450 W OHIO AVENUE – TAMPA – 33614

LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE COMING

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Ready to take your dancing to the next level?
Kick Start Your Lindy Hop!
July 3rd, 8pm to Midnight.
One night only,
one workshop,
four classes.
*Connection, Connection, Connection!
 *Slow and Smooth, Baby
*Up Tempo Throw Down! AND
*Swivels and Style

 Don’t miss it!
The workshop is $22, but in addition
to the 4 hours of classes Thursday,
every person attending this
Special Workshop will get a
FREE admission ticket to Sunday,
July 6th so you won’t miss
seeing or participating in the
Sunday night follow-up
Jack & Jill dance competition

CLICK ON THE BANNER TO REGISTER FOR THE FREE GUEST LIST

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THEN AT 7 PM
TAMPA’S BIGGEST SWING DANCE STARTS
ON THE BEST DANCE FLOOR IN TAMPA SINCE 1949

ADMISSION
$8 OR $7 FOR STUDENTS AND ACTIVE MILITARY

7-8 GROUP LESSON WITH KATY AND WILL
NO PARTNER REQUIRED

DANCE TO GREAT SWING MUSIC
FROM 8-MIDNIGHT

CHARLESTON AND JAZZ STEP CONTEST AT 10 PM

ZENDAH GROTTO
4450 W OHIO AVENUE
TAMPA, FL 33614

SEE YOU THERE!