Big Band Dances Turn 35!

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Swingin' Saturdays! Centennial Park is the place to be to kick up your heels on Saturday nights, June - August.

Free family fun is always a welcome treat, and it’s even better when it’s a big to-do! This year marks the 35th anniversary of the popular Big Band Dances in Nashville’s Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave., Nashville).

Each Saturday, June – August (no dance on June 30), you and your kids can head over to the park’s Event Shelter from 7 – 10 p.m. Group dance lessons, courtesy of Nashville Ballroom & Company, take place from 7 – 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 – 8:50 p.m.

Each week features a different dance style and different live band while you kick up your heels.
You can bring a picnic basket or take advantage of this year’s new food truck offerings. Two trucks will be on site each week — one savory and one sweet. In addition, a snow cone stand will be scooping refreshing cold treats.
Here’s this year’s complete lineup:

Little kids enjoy chalk art and dancing along with Mom and Dad during the Big Band Dances in Centennial Park.

JUNE

JUNE 2
The Establishment (swing)

JUNE 9
The Jazz Alliance (waltz)

JUNE 16
The Moonlighters (rumba)

JUNE 23
South Jackson Street Band (tango)

JULY

JULY 7
Guardians of Swing (swing)

JULY 14
Debbi Bailes & Her Band (foxtrot)

JULY 21
The Paul Ross Orchestra (waltz)

JULY 28
Radio Daze (swing)

AUGUST

AUGUST 4
The Merchants of Cool (rumba)

AUGUST 11
The Lynn Beal Band (foxtrot)

AUGUST 18
Rory Partin & His All Star Big Band (tango)

AUGUST 25
Music City Swing (swing)

MORE INFO

You’ll want to bring blankets and lawn chairs as picnic tables are limited. Follow the Twitter page at twitter.com/bigbanddances for weather cancellations.

Call 615-862-8440 or click HERE to get the food truck schedule.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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