Mountain Empire Shag Society, Inc

As of 05/23/2022, we are now 165 members strong.

MESS will not being dancing on Monday, July 4th. Please enjoy our nation's Independance Day celebration as you choose & may God bless America.


MESS formed in 1992 as an organization of persons who are committed to promoting the music and dance of Carolina shag and providing its members opportunities to associate with others who enjoy the same.


We dance on Monday nights except holidays from 7 to 9 PM at the VFW, 2518 Jim Funkhouser Road, Johnson City, TN. We reserve the upstairs event space, which is separate from the downstairs members bar.

You sign in at the front door registration desk. There is a $5.00 cover charge for members. Visitors can attend twice at no charge, and after that they must pay $10.00 unless they join the club.

The event space has a very large brand-new dance floor and a full-service bar with very good VFW prices. Hotdogs and chips are available most Mondays for $2.00, and occasionally home-made soup is also available at a very reasonable price.

Larry "Bigfish" Calhoun is our primary DJ. He plays events all around the Southeast. Song selection is mostly Shag, R&B, and Carolina Beach Music, but he throws in some line dances, and a slow dance here and there. His humorous banter makes for a lively atmosphere!

Please come visit. You will be welcomed and made to feel at home! No dance experience required.

We offer free Beginner Shag Lessons, which are conducted with privacy off of the regular dance floor.