Back Porch Blues dance & workshop this weekend!

We are super excited about Saturday!! We’re starting something new on Back Porch Blues Saturdays. Our typical LIVE MUSIC dance will be from 7:oopm to 1:00am, but starting this month, we will have a 2-hour WORKSHOP for intermediates (and up) in the afternoon! This will happen every month – YAY LEARNIN’ !!

Teaching the workshop this month is Kenneth Shipp, former president of BDN and major dance badass!

Not ready for an intermediate class? Don’t worry! We will have our regular beginner class at 7:00pm at the Global Education Center.

The workshop and dance together is only $25. Or if you can only make it to one, it is $15 each.
Can’t afford that and want to attend both? Consider volunteering at the dance! If you volunteer at the dance, you get into the dance for free and then the workshop will only be $15. Sign up to volunteer in the Back Porch Blues event on Facebook (see link below).

Workshop will be at Pro Trac in Donelson (just a hop skip away).
Dance will be at the Global Education Center on Charlotte, in Nashville.

For more info:
Intermediate Worshop with Kenneth Shipp:
Back Porch Blues dance with live music:



Southbound Blues- Registration Opens Today at 7PM CST

Southbound Blues July 20th-22nd

We want everyone to be able to try their clicking finger at getting a flash sale pass, so we’ve extended registration to open tomorrow night Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. CST!

Pricing is as follows:
$65- Flash Sale (only 30 available)
$85- First Tier (only 100 available)
$100- Second Tier

$75- Nashville Residents (email for code,
$40- Add-on Southern Cuisine Food Pass (Friday main, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday main dances). Online Only, closes July 1

You don’t want to miss this epic blues party in Nashville! We’ve got the best local and regional bands (Al Holbrook, Charles “Wigg” Walker, Cara Being Blue, Al Hill, and more), a Saturday blues jam, Sunday DJ showcase, and plenty more to get excited for!

Get registered here!!

A Time of Transition

As many of you know, Kenneth Shipp will soon be moving to St. Louis. He has been president of BDN since 2015, and much of what BDN is today is thanks to him. We wish him the best as his career takes a new direction.

Kenny will be here until mid-May, but has chosen to step down early in order that he may focus on the move and help with the leadership transition. As of April 1, Heather Adkins will be acting president (formerly vice-president, 2015-March 2018) and Myriam Chevalier will be president-elect.

Who is ready for Back Porch Blues?!

WE ARE! This Saturday, March 3, is our monthly blues dance, featuring some amazing DJs! Hannah Burns will be our guest DJ from Cookeville. She will be joined by our stellar Nashville DJs, Ruthie Bradt and John Brannon. So come join us and dance the night away!

7:00-8:00 Lesson with Sally and Phil
8:00-11:00 Dance with our DJs

$7 general admission, $5 military/student discount

Facebook event:


Discount Announcement


ANNOUNCEMENT: We are proud to now offer a military and student discount! We want to thank all members of the military for their service by giving them a $5 discount to this weekend’s Back Porch Blues. All those hardworking students will also receive a $5 discount. After discount, that is a whole night of music for $10!

BluesGeek 2018



Have you heard about BluesGeek? We’ve revamped something old, added something new, and sprinkled on a lot of fun. Join us Presidents Day weekend (February 16-18) for a weekend of blues idiom classes, panels on blues history and modern trends, competitions, and a host of female blues artists and djs.

Registration is now open:

Join The Story Of The Blues!!


Join us every week for the story of the blues!!

At Thursday Night Blues, we now teach two lessons: Intermediate at 7PM and Beginner at 8PM. For only $10, you can get a class that dives into a new blues-idiom style or concept. $10 also gets you into our social dance for free.

Check us out every week at the GEC (Global Education Center)

Global Education Center: 4822 Charlotte Pike Nashville, TN 37209

Thursday Night Upgrade!!

Starting January 5th, we are giving our Thursday classes and social dances a little makeover!!


7PM- Intermediate Classes

If you enjoyed our Blues U series this past summer and our pop-up classes, we are launching weekly higher level classes so you can continue learning after the beginner series. Expect more content and special guest instructors throughout the year to create a awesome new slot of classes you will not want to miss!!


8PM- Beginner Classes

Our classic series of monthly classes organized by blues style or topic. In January, we will kick-off with our popular class, Intro To Blues, which will help you with the blues basics and forms. Each month will feature a new topic aimed at teaching a new fundamental style or concept.




9pm to 11pm- Social dancing

Finish the night out with our weekly social dance to music whipped up by the BDN DJs!! We have a way too much fun during these two hours and you can too!!


$5 Dance

$10 for one class (Free admission to the dance)

$15 for two classes (Free admission to the dance)

Join us each week at:

Global Education Center

4822 Charlotte Pike Nashville, TN 37209

Parking is available across the street and the main door is located in the back. Look for our lighted signs pointing you toward the back!!