ETSU’s Bluegrass department may be able to offer a solution. On Feb. 14, the Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies Program will have student country bands perform at the Down Home in downtown Johnson City for a night of entertainment and dancing.

“It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day date night opportunity if you need some last-minute plans,” said Rachel Reichert, public relations and marketing coordinator for the Department of Appalachian Studies. “We frequently do showcases of individual genres, and for this Country Showcase we decided to turn it into a dance for a fun change of pace. We’re going to clear out half the tables and chairs to make room for a dance floor at the Down Home. There will be plenty of room to two-step and probably even a line dance or two.”

Going to a dance where genuine fun is encouraged like this is an experience many college-aged people may not have had in a long time. This is an opportunity to bring a date or meet someone special at the event. Plus, while promoting the joyful feelings of the season, attendees are able to show their support for ETSU students performing onstage.

The Down Home Eclectic Music Room boasts an amazing surround sound system that fosters an inclusive and accepting environment for all its patrons. The location is one of the oldest in the region and bears the respected 5-star mantle well.

“It is and has always been the best venue in the Tri Cities,” said Robert Meade, a frequent visitor. “You won’t be disappointed.”

The event is inexpensive, especially for students. Doors open at 7 p.m. with tickets for general admission only $10 and $5 with a student ID. The Down Home is located at 300 W. Main St. in Johnson City.