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Intrepid: Battle of the Big Bands 2018

  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 640 W 46th St New York, NY, 10036 United States (map)

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** Schedule of Events **

 ** Dance Contest Info **

** Time Out NY (April 2018) **
* BuzzFeed - Vintage Styles (cover story / May 28, 2018) **
** WBGO Jazz Radio 88.3FM - big band in studio + video **

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Prohibition Productions proudly present our third annual epic battle of the big bands and swing dance on the flight deck of the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid. May 26th is also International Lindy Hop Day - Frankie Manning's birthday!!

This highly anticipated one-night-only annual special event is also an official part of Fleet Week 2018 and sells out every year! We celebrate the music, dancing, and style of the Swing Era featuring three of NYC's best big bands playing on the flightdeck on a giant fifty foot stage; plus a barbershop quartet, 1940’s-style photo booth, a vintage fashion contest, swing dance performances, dance contests, free beginner swing dance lessons, our lovely pinup gals, vendors on the front of the flight deck, and you’ll find even more live music & dancing below deck when you explore the museum!

The spectacular lineup has over 80 performers, with live music and dancing all night, plus a 3,200 square foot wood dance floor on the flight deck (60% larger then last year) and 1,000sq ft wood dance floor on the hanger deck. 'Follow the Fleet’ with Navy-inspired outfits... vintage clothes and dance shoes are encouraged. The two years not only completely sold out, but were considered the best events of the year!


live music by:
* Artie Shaw Orchestra (17 piece), with guest vocalist Sarah Hayes
* Eyal Vilner Big Band (17 piece), with guest vocalist Brianna Thomas
* George Gee Swing Orchestra (17 piece), with guest vocalist John Dokes

Each band plays a one hour set on our massive 50ft stage, and the last set features all three big bands on the same stage, battling it out -- culminating in them playing all together!


live music by:
* Queen Esther & The Hot Five (3 sets)

* Madhattan Quartet (barbershop quartet)
* DJ's VaVa Voon, Lainey Silver, and Odysseus Bailer
* performances by chorus gals The Bathtub Ginnys
* performances by our own INTREPID SWING DANCE BRIGADE (choreo by Gaby Cook)
* MCs Velvetina Taylor & radio host Simon Rentner of WBGO Jazz 88.3
* Beginner swing dance lessons by Jaime Shannon & Tony Fraser
* 1940’s style Pinup & Cigarette Gals: incl. Pearls Daily, Gin Minsky, Trinity Starligiht, Agent Wednesday, Georgie S., and Courtney H. - costumes by 26 Stars / Carmela Lane.
* Photo Booth setup w/ 1940’s era airplane
* Best-dressed contest and promenade
* Two Dance Contests: Strictly and Solo Jazz (see below)
* Guided tours of the Intrepid (VIP Ticket holders only)
* Cash bar and snacks available for purchase.

Compete for lindy hop glory on International Lindy Hop Day in one of TWO dance competitions at the Intrepid Battle of the Bands. This year, we are hosting a Lindy Hop strictly, and a *NEW* Solo Jazz competition. Prizes include cash, trophies, and guest performance at Midsummer Night Swing! [click here for details]

Rose, Prosecco, White Wine, Red Wine, Cider, and beer will be available for tastings on the flight deck and hanger deck with drink tickets that can purchased for $7ea / cards only. Snacks & water will also be available for purchase at a concession stand on flight deck.

there will be a coat/bag check on hanger deck, and is $4 per person (can be multiple items). Please no dancer piles as security needs to keep floors clear and will require large bags to be checked.

 WBGO Jazz Radio 88.3
212 Brewing (served at all bars & VIP tasting) 
  St. Germain (served exclusively at VIP tasting)


INTREPID: Battle of the Big Bands
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, W 46th Street and 12th Av, NYC
Saturday, May 26, 2018
8:00pm – 1:00pm
21+ w/ID

Check-in at the box office starts at 7:15pm for General Admission and at 7:00pm for VIP. The ship opens at 8:00pm.

Arrive between 7:00pm and 8:00pm for early checkin and enjoy live music by the Madhattan Quartet on the pier, explore the new exhibition "A View from the Deep: The Submarine Growler & the Cold War," and get complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments (while supplies last) before boarding the ship! Then at 8pm the Intrepid opens, and you can quickly board the ship from the pier!


Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets are nonrefundable, and the event will take place rain or shine! (In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on the hangar deck). Check-in at the box office starts at 7:15pm for General Admission and at 7:00pm for VIP. The ship opens at 8:00pm. 

$59 Week of / at Door (on sale now or at the door)
$49 Advanced (sold out)
$39 Early Bird (sold out)
includes - Access to all areas of hangar deck and flight deck of the ship (except VIP area); and Swing dance lesson. Early check-in at the box office starts at 7:15pm for General Admission.

$105 Week of / at Door
(on sale now or at the door)
$95 Advanced (sold out)
$85 Early Bird (sold out)
includes - Dedicated VIP only checkin area at the door on the 2nd fl of Museum’s Welcome Center (via the pedestrian bridge across 12th Ave); VIP-only early check-in starting at 7:00pm (The ship opens at 8:00pm); VIP-only guided tasting hosted by our liquor sponsors from 8:30pm–9:30pm; VIP-only 30-min guided tours of the ship btw 8:30pm–11:00pm; VIP-only reserved seating and tables in a roped-off area on flight deck.

Add one drink voucher to your admission ticket now for $6. Additional drink vouchers will be available for purchase at the event for $7 (cards only). Drink voucher good for one beer, wine, bubbly or cider. Must be 21+ to redeem. All tickets are nonrefundable.

INTREPID: Battle of the Big Bands is presented & produced by
Prohibition Productions and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum