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The Latest from Dance Talk – blogging on all dance matters: Summer Concerts 2014, our latest post, is below.  Check out our blog for much much more.

Summer Concerts 2014

Every year there is so much going on over the summer that Virgilio creates a concert spreadsheet and is happy to share it with you now below. It can also be accessed via google docs.


It seems that google docs did not translate my final doc with the filters and some of the simple formatting I had done to make things look pretty.  (I did create the links with the publish changes box checked, and it does so for content, not for formatting.)  One can easily copy and paste what I have shown into any spreadsheet application and apply filters to be able to sort, for instance by band if you want to follow a particular band…

Out And About:

Virgilio enjoys sharing his love for dance via djing, teaching, and social dance. The following are some dance events where you can find Virgilio June through July: Cover charges are noted, when applicable.

Fridays: Friday Jazz Hours at Oasis Dance Club in Ithaca, NY from 6 to 8:30pm.  A nice way to chill out and get a couple dances in when in the mood.  A variety of live music groups that .  Free with a suggested cover charge of $3-5 as tips for the band.  Around the midpoint is usually when there is a good crowd.  The dance floor is also usually quite nice  and the club hosts a variety of different dances, including dance lessons.  Check out the calendar at http://www.ithacaoasis.com/calendar/calendar.php

June 4th: Sunset Salsa at Ticas, 280 Exchange Blvd.,Rochester, NY. Starting at 6pm and ending at 10pm, this is a great way to enjoy some great food and dance by the water on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Check out the event on facebook.

June 6th: First Friday with Salsa Libre at Merlins (73 Court  St, Binghamton, NY 13901) from 7:30 to 11pm  Combine this no cover charge event with other Binghamton First Friday events like the Art Walk for a winning combination.

June 13th: Latin Dance at Ballybay, 500 Richmond Ave, Syracuse, NY. This is a weekly Latin dance that pulls in a crowd of about 150-200 dancers. There is a $5 cover, and it runs from 10:00pm to 2:00am, with the first hour strictly salsa.

June 14th: Latin Dance Party at the Doubletree, Binghamton, NY.  Starting with a free salsa lesson from 9:00 to 9:30pm, followed by one hour of strictly salsa, then a Latin dance mix until 2am  $5 cover.  Note that the organizers have made an extra effort to keep the floor smooth, and showed me all they do.  The sticky floors are no more.  A friendly crowd rounds things out to make a great evening. Check out the event page on facebook.

June 17th: Partner Dance 101 for Everyone @ Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. Check out the event page.  This is only open to Ithaca College staff and faculty but promises to be a lot of fun in a workshop format as Virgilio is teaching this one.

June 18th: Djug Djano at Lot 10, Ithaca, NY. From 6 to 9pm, the first half the band plays, and after the break it is open mike with people signing up to sing and sometimes even bringing an instrument to play with the band.  The band tends to play swing friendly tunes, but there usually is a waltz and too and you can see a wide variety of dance styles on the floor from Argentine tango to cha cha cha depending on the mood/talents of the individual dancers.

July 10th: Radio London concert, part of the M&T Ithaca Downtown Summer Concert Series, Ithaca, NY.  Enjoy rock and roll and top 40s from 6-8pm. Check out this band and details for the other Thursdays of this weekly summer event on facebook.

July 12th: Lil’ Anne and Hot Cayenne playing classic zydeco grooves with a twist.  This Taughannock Falls Summer Concert Series starts at 7pm and is $5 per car load, but free if you have a NY States Parks pass. Come earlier and enjoy hiking through the park or a swim by the lake.  I always enjoy dancing barefoot on the grass.

July 18th: El Rumbon playing as part of the Friday Cornell Summer Series, Arts Quad, Ithaca, NY.  Latin beats of merengue, plena, bomba, cumbia, chachacha… from 7-9pm.

July 23rd: Music, Margaritas and Sunsets on the Terrace with Panigma Steel  Band at the Rockwell Museum, 111 Cedar St, Corning, NY. You can get all the event details on facebook. $10 cover charge for non-members, and just from 5:30 to 7:30pm but take advantage of being there and explore the museum too.

July 26th: El Rumbon playing as part of the Taughannock Falls Summer Concert Series; starting at 7pm. $5 per car load, but free if you have a NY States Parks pass.

Virgilio will be at other dances, time and circumstances committing, but he looks forward to seeing his friends old and soon-to-be at the events above.