(New Braunfels) -- Be sure to grab your partner for this weekend's Big Band Blowout, Part II. Tickets are still on sale for the swing dancing fundraiser hosted by The Mid-Texas Symphony. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center.
CJ Washington, the executive director for the Mid-Texas Symphony, says after the success of last year's Blowout, the group couldn't wait to host the event again.
"It was the swingin'est party of the year last year and so we're redoing the swingin'est party of the year. Lots of people will be dancing. Last year, we had ages three to 103. So it was really cool, everybody was dancing, everybody was swinging. It's a little different this year. So folks are going to find that it's still a great party and maybe new and improved," said Washington.
Washington says whether you can swing dance today or not swing dance, this event is for everyone. She says the cost of each ticket takes care of every last detail from food, craft beer and even dance lessons from the professionals.
"The idea behind the fundraiser is that we really need -- like all symphony orchestras across the country -- we need to constantly grow our audience and so we thought what is an across the board -- kind of music that everybody loves? And, we can agree that the 40's swing dancing is making a huge come back. That appeals to an older audience and it appeals to a younger audience. So the ticket price includes free swing dance lessons, starting at six o'clock with amazing swing dancers Rob and Diane Haaren. They'll be teaching swing dance lessons. Then Faust Hotel and Brewing Company will provide one free craft Faust beer. Then, there will be heavy hors de'ourves by Pavlock's Catering and Cafe which is going to be a beautiful spread. Then at 7:30, you've got the Big Band Biggies played by Mid-Texas Symphony Big Band Orchestra, 17 of the hottest swing jazz players in South Central Texas," said Washington.
Events get underway at 6 p.m. with free dance lessons, Pavlock's heavy hors d'oeuvres and Faust craft brew. The Big Band concert featuring all the sounds of the 1940's begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person or a table for 10 for $650. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to support the Mid-Texas Symphony's education and children's concerts.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Gift & Gourmet, Keepers Interiors and at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce Office. Tickets are also available by calling the MTS box office at 830-463-5353.