Community big band dance in Atlantic July 23rd


July 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Free music and dancing will once again be featured at the Elks Lodge in Atlantic, on Saturday, July 23rd, with a full stage of local talent performing big band hits. The “Let Freedom Swing” event takes in the Lodge, located at 501 Poplar Street, beginning at 7- p.m.

Event organizer Curtis Ullerich says members of “Popcorn Button” are rested-up from their Winter performances, and ready to entertain the masses. The twenty piece band is comprised of musicians from the Atlantic community and southwest Iowa at-large, with students from Atlantic High School, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa.

In addition to their standard fare of classic big band hits, Popcorn Button plan to unveil
fresh charts, such as “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Moon River Waltz,” and “Too Fat Polka.” And, local ballroom aficionados Pam and Jake Auerbach will again grace the dance floor with their swinging styling’s and share their gift of smooth moves with any dancers present during the event, in the form of free ballroom lessons from 8- to 8:30-p.m.  The couple will teach interested individuals the waltz, polka, lindy hop, and two step.

Again, “Let Freedom Swing” is a free public event. A free will donation will be accepted at the door to help defray costs of the event. All ages and dancing abilities are invited and encouraged to attend on Saturday, July 23rd at the Elks Lodge in Atlantic.

Popcorn Button recently appeared at the Atlantic All-Class Reunion and will be performing at the First United Presbyterian Church in Atlantic on July 24th as pre-dinner entertainment for RAGBRAI riders. For more information on any of these events, contact Curtis Ullerich at or at 424-242-2878.