True to its name, there will be plenty of swing music this summer at Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center’s annual series of al fresco dancing. Its 22nd season opens on June 28 with a battle of the big bands between the George Gee Orchestra and the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra, and the 15 nights in Damrosch Park also include various species of jazzy swing by the Time Jumpers (Western swing, July 1), the New Orleans Moonshiners (New Orleans jazz, July 6), the Wycliffe Gordon Sextet (straight-up jazz, July 10) and the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra on closing night (yet more big-band swing, July 17).
But continuing the ever-more multicultural evolution of Lincoln Center’s summer series, this year’s Midsummer lineup also includes some notable new sounds, like the electronic tango of the Argentinean band narcotango (June 30), the Orchestre Septentrional d’Haiti (July 2), a bhangra night with D.J. Rekha (July 8) and Afrobeat with Femi Kuti and Positive Force (July 12); the JC Hopkins Biggish Band will be joined by the drag virtuosos Justin Bond and Joey Arias as well as the comedian Lea DeLaria (July 7). Each show is preceded by a dance lesson.