Detroit Music Award winner Planet D Nonet will headline the Ninth Annual Summer Swing Spectacular hosted by Swing Farmington, which brings swing dancing to downtown Farmington most Thursday nights from late spring to early fall.
The August 8 event begins with a swing dance lesson at 8 p.m. in the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and George F. Riley Park, and runs to 11:30 p.m.
“Live music and swing dancing have always been a winning combo, especially when it’s in the great outdoors,” Swing Farmington president Alexander Steward, said in a press release. “To be able to share this incredible experience through our Summer Swing Spectacular, our biggest event of the year, with the Greater Farmington community and the rest of Metro Detroit the past few years has been special.”
Planet D Nonet, a nine-piece Detroit-based band founded by drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O’Donnell, is all about swing, blues, space age jazz and classic American songs that are all served with plenty of good humor and an eye toward turning people onto this kind of music.
“The Planet D Nonet looks forward to the Summer Swing Spectacular every summer as one of the big highlights of the season,” said band leader RJ Spangler. “The mix of ages and abilities coming together on the floor is truly inspirational!”
Swing Farmington began back in 2007, when a few homeschool families came together each week to swing dance on Thursday nights in downtown Farmington. The weekly swing dances now draw an average of 200 attendees from all across metro Detroit.
This year’s Summer Swing Spectacular is sponsored by the Farmington Civic Theater and Farmington Hill’s Encore Impressions.
“I remember the beginning of swing dancing in downtown Farmington years ago.” said Scott Freeman, General Manager of the Farmington Civic Theater. “It’s so good to see the growth through the years.”
Admission to Swing Farmington’s Summer Swing Spectacular is $5, and the event is open to dancers of all ages, from beginners to experienced dancers, and even those who want to just bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of live music, Steward said.
”We want the whole community to come out to the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion and George F. Riley Park and be apart of all the fun!”
In case of bad weather, the event will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, 23225 Gill Rd. Farmington Hills.