While the band backs vocalists Maria DeSantis and Keith Condon, professional dance instructors will give jitterbug lessons and demonstrations. Tickets cost $75 per person; 422-7218.
From rhumbas to waltzes
Variety is the spice of life and a variety of dance styles will be the spice of the party when the Mickey Vendetti Goodtime Band plays a Valentine’s dance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Goodtime Banquet Hall. Featuring a spacious hardwood dance floor, the Goodtime Hall is located at 526 Teall Ave., in Syracuse, on the top floor of Klub Polski, the Polish-American Citizens Club.
“My band has played thousands of wedding receptions over the years,” Vendetti said. “So we know a little something about rock’n’roll and romance.” In his half-century as a bandleader, Vendetti has played whatever kind of music people enjoy for dancing. “We’ll do jitterbugs, rhumbas, waltzes, cha-chas, polkas and fox trots,” he said. “We can do everything from the tarantella to the Twist!”
Admission to Saturday’s dance costs $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and that includes a buffet dinner. Legal beverages will be available at the Goodtime Banquet Hall bar; 345-1002; mickeyvendetti.com.
Gypsy swing Sunday
What could possibly be more romantic than a version of “Lover Man” crooned in front of a swinging Gypsy jazz sextet?
The Ithaca-based Gypsy jazz band Djug Django comes to Pensabene's Casa Grande, on Syracuse's West End, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, to play a Valentine’s Day concert hosted by the Jazz Appreciation Society of Syracuse. The venue has been changed for this event, but the date and time remain the same; Djug Django was originally booked to play at McNamara's Pub in Camillus.
Djug Django’s core members – violinist Eric Aceto, guitarist-trombonist Dave Davies, clarinetist Brian Earle, guitarist Doug Robinson and washtub bass player Jim Sherpa, who was raised in Camillus – will welcome special guest trumpeter Woody Peters to the stage on Feb 12.