Swing Farmington hosts summer spectacular event

Swing Farmington
Swing Farmington dances light up the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion on Thursday nights, from May through October.

Swing Farmington, a metro Detroit swing dance group, will host Detroit-based Planet D Nonet August 11, for its annual Summer Swing Spectacular event.

Held from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion and Riley Park in downtown Farmington, the event begins with a swing dance lesson at 8 p.m.

“We love continuing our tradition of hosting a special live music event in downtown Farmington for the Metro Detroit community to enjoy,” Alexander Steward, Swing Farmington DJ and organizer, said in a press release. “It’s always been a goal of ours to give our community an easy opportunity to have the experience of dancing to live music, let them know that we exist as a place to swing dance for all ages, be able to teach anyone new how to dance, and most importantly have fun.”

Planet D Nonet, a nine-piece band founded by drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O’Donnell, is all about swing, blues, space age jazz and classic Americans songs that are all served with plenty of good humor and an eye toward turning people onto this kind of music.

“Planet D Nonet really captures the fun, vibrant atmosphere that our Summer Swing Spectacular strives to be,” said Steward “They understand the rhythms that work well with dancers and feed off the energy of everyone in the room. We are excited that they are returning to perform our Swing Farmington audience.”

Food vendors at the event include Petey’s Donuts and Delicious Dogs, owned by Joe Takla, who also owns Bellacino’s on Grand River in Farmington.

Admission is $5, and the event is open to the public. In case of bad weather, the event will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, 23225 Gill Rd. in Farmington Hills.