The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Prohibition Productions proudly present our fourth annual epic battle of the big bands and swing dance on the flight deck of the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid. This highly anticipated one-night-only annual event celebrates the music, dancing and style of the swing era aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid - commissioned at the height of this time in 1943!
Three of the best big bands in the land will go head-to-head under the stars on the flight deck, with a massive stage and 3,600-square-foot wooden dance floor. We also will feature 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 flight deck, and you’ll find even more live music & dancing below deck when you explore the museum! The spectacular lineup has nearly 100 performers. You can 'Follow the Fleet’ with Navy-inspired outfits... vintage clothes and dance shoes are encouraged. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets now!
THE FLIGHT DECK
live music by:
* SISTERHOOD OF SWING (13 piece) - led by Bria Skonberg
* JONATHAN STOUT ORCHESTRA (14 piece) - rare NYC appearance!
* HARLEM RENAISSANCE ORCHESTRA (17 piece)
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!
THE HANGER DECK
live music by:
* CAIT & THE CRITTERS (3 sets)
- plus -
* MC DANDY WELLINGTON
* chorus gals THE BATHTUB GINNY’S
* MADHATTAN QUARTET (barbershop)
* DJ's ANDRIUS, VaVa VOON, and ODYSSEUS BAILER
* Beginner swing dance lessons by JAIME SHANNON & TONY FRASER
* our very own INTREPID SWING DANCE BRIGADE (choreo by Jaime Shannon of Kilowatt Dance Theater)
* 1940’s style Pinup Gals: incl. AGENT WEDNESDAY, COURTNEY H, DELYSIA LACHATTE, GEORGIE S., PUSS N BOOTZ, and SAPPHIRE JONES - with costumes by 26 Stars / Carmela Lane.
THE HARVEST MOON HOPPERS - dir. Bobby White
with Evita Arce, Gaby Cook, Lewi Gilamichael, Morgan Lee Kestner, Akemi Kinukawa, Jeff Liu-Leyco, Mimi Liu-Leyco, Jessica Miltenberger, Rafal Pustelny, Ari Silburt, Yurina Shin, Macy Sullivan, Bobby White, and Andy Yong. - sponsored by You Should Be Dancing.
* 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 Solo Jazz competition. Prizes include cash, trophies, and guest performance at Midsummer Night Swing! [details coming soon]
BAR & FOOD
Rose, Prosecco, White Wine, Red Wine, 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.
** Time Out NY (April 2018) **
** BuzzFeed - Vintage Styles (cover story / May 28, 2018) **
** WBGO Jazz Radio 88.3FM - big band in studio + video **
INTREPID: Battle of the Big Bands
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, W 46th Street and 12th Av, NYC
Saturday, June 8, 2019
8:00pm – 1:00am
Doors open at 8:00pm
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).
includes: access to hangar deck & flight deck of the ship (except VIP areas), plus swing dance lesson.
$39 Early Bird (sold out)
$49 Advance - now on sale!
$59 Full Price (June 3–June 8)
$85 Early bird (sold out)
$95 Advance - now on sale!
$105 Full price (June 3–June 8)
includes: same as General Admission plus a dedicated VIP only checkin area on the 2nd fl of Museum’s Welcome Center (via the pedestrian bridge across 12th Ave) with early entry at 7:45pm, 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, dedicated VIP-only bar within the VIP area, and Swing dance lesson.
DRINK TICKET ADD-ON (limited offer):
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, or bubbly. Must be 21+ to redeem. All tickets are nonrefundable. A limited number of drink vouchers will be available for pre-purchase at each ticketing level.