GULFPORT - Swing Time will hosts its 5th Anniversary Celebration, featuring Swing Design, Europe's Hottest Big Band, on Friday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
Swing Design a 22-Piece Big Band from the Netherlands and is making Tampa Bay the initial stop on its first-ever Florida tour.
Swing Time's celebration will include live music and dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., a group swing-dance lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. (no partner needed), a dance contest with over $200 worth of prizes, refreshments, prize drawings and other special festivities.
Swing Design is Europe's hottest big band, an exceptionally powerful and talented 22-piece big band, complete with four vocalists.
The band breathes new life into its own special arrangements of popular favorites, including hits by Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Andrew Sisters, the Big Bands, Harry Connick Jr., Louis Prima, Brian Setzer, and many other modern and classic artists.
Swing Design plays a broad and varied repertoire of swing, jazz and pop music. Founded in 1983, the band has recorded seven CDs and has toured extensively, playing concert halls, jazz festivals, ballrooms, clubs, casinos, hotels and convention centers throughout the United States and Europe. For the past five years, the band has been the headline act at the prestigious Sun Valley jazz festival in Idaho.
Swing Time is Florida's Premier Swing event scheduled on the second Friday of every month in Tampa Bay at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased online at www.SwingTime.info or by calling (813) 274-4950. VIP Reserved Tables also available and must be purchased in advance. Admission includes free lesson and free parking.