Tennessee State Advice and Guidelines
Tennessee State Advice and Guidelines
Tennessee State Advice and Guidelines

The Big Band Dance series at Centennial Park is hands down my favorite event of the summer. This is the 36th summer that Metro Parks has hosted this series. I was introduced to this event almost twenty years ago and I look forward to it every year.

In addition to hearing an amazing musical ensemble, two dance lessons are offered each night at 7PM & 8:30PM. Learn to swing, foxtrot, rumba and more! The only negative thing I can say about the dance is that most Middle Tennesseans agree with me and that makes for a BIG crowd. Don’t let this keep you from jumping and jiving though. Just plan to arrive early.

Each dance is scheduled from 7-10 PM on Saturday evenings. Try to arrive by 6:15PM. Pack a picnic or buy dinner from a food truck and make a night of it. This is a perfect family outing or date night. And if you have some teens, load a whole bunch of them in your minivan and let them loose on the dance floor. Did I mention that this awesome entertainment is completely FREE? Y’all, I just can’t wait for summer 🙂

2019 Metro Parks Big Band Dance Schedule 

Saturday June 1  Music City Swing

Saturday June 8 The Merchants of Cool

Saturday June 15 The Establishment

Saturday June 22 The Lynn Beal Band

Saturday June 29  Radio Daze

Saturday July 13 Rory Partin & His All Star Big Band

Saturday July 20  The Jazz Alliance

Saturday July 27  The Paul Ross Orchestra

Saturday August 3  South Jackson Street Band

Saturday August 10 Music City Big Band  

Saturday August 17 J. Bradley Big Band  

Saturday August 24  Debbi Bailes & Her Band 

Saturday August 31  The Moonlighters 

*Schedule subject to change. May be cancelled due to inclement weather. Check the Twitter page for weather related announcements.

Rachel Kline
About the Author: Rachel Kline

Rachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)

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