Dance and Class Venues

Blue Mark Studios

Main Dances and Late Nights
Friday and Saturday Nights

892 Jefferson St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Floor: Fast hardwood

Historic 137 year-old church turned gallery and event space

Magnificent wooden floor

Blind Willie's Blues Club

Main Dance
Sunday Night

828 North Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Floor: Medium speed hardwood

Dance in a historic, award-winning blues bar

We have Blind Willie's all to ourselves Sunday night

Ambient Plus Studio

All Classes
Saturday and Sunday

520 Northside Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Floor: Hardwood Mix + Wood Laminate

Many spaces in a former textile mill

Fat Matt's Rib Shack

Late Night Dance
Sunday Night

1811 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Floor: Linoleum Tile

Home to Blues and BBQ

History on the Walls

The Brickyard Blues team has some fantastic venues picked out for the weekend. For the dances, we would settle for nothing short of great atmosphere and excellent dance spaces. We think you will be delighted with the selections.

Blue Mark Studios

892 Jefferson St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Built in 1881 to house the Jefferson Street Methodist Church near Exposition Cotton Mills, this building is now home to Blue Mark Studios, an art gallery and event space.

Blue Mark has a magnificent wooden dance floor of the type you only find from ages past, when towering hardwoods were still plentiful and could be used to support the entire room to give the floor just the right spring. The floor surface has been lovingly cared for, and is silky smooth and great for dancing.

While the church choir is long gone, music will still flow from the chancel as our musicians take the stage.

Parking

There is ample free street parking on the two streets bordering Blue Mark Studios: Jefferson St and Lindsay St.

See the Venue Map for extensive details.

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Blind Willie's Blues Club

828 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

The best place to hear live blues is in the wild. You know, those small intimate bars, jook joints and clubs where the music is still very much alive. The only problem is, there is rarely space to dance in those settings.

Problem solved: For the Sunday main dance, Blind Willie's is closed to the public and open just for blues dancers! The club is removing nearly all of the tables and chairs and opening up the room into an open dance floor.

Parking

There are many options for both paid and free parking around Blind Willie's. Metered street parking is free on Sundays. See the Venue Map for extensive details.


Housed in a 1920's era building, this historic blues club has hosted nearly 10,000 nights of live blues. Your favorite blues musician from the last 30 years has likely played here.

While Blind Willie's has a list of awards a mile long, the one that will tell you all you need to know is this: Blind Willie's is a recipient of the Blues Foundation's W.C. Handy Award for Blues Club of the Year.

Want to come dance here while you have a chance at exclusive use of the floor and lots of other blues dancers to dance with? You betcha!

PS: The bar will be open and serving attendees over 21 (18+ is fine to attend, you just have to be 21 to drink). Everyone can order from the food menu.

Ambient Plus Studio

520 Northside Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

All classes will be held at Ambient Plus Studio.

1910. That’s when this studio was built. That’s more than 100 years ago. Before the Titanic. Before World War I.

Of course, when they built it they didn’t know it was a studio. They thought they’d built a factory for transforming raw cotton into fire-retardant fabrics. And they did just that for about 84 years. This January, it will become a factory for transforming blues dancers into their next best selves.

Parking

Parking is very tight at Ambient+Studio. Please CARPOOL or take Uber/Lyft to the venue, if possible

Atlanta/Hot Jam regulars: We are sharing the building with another event on Saturday and must enter the venue from a different entrance than usual.

See the Venue Map for extensive details. There are multiple parking areas and tips on how to find the tunnel if a train blocks the road.

Brickyard CLASS Parking and Building Access

This is exactly the path you'd take if you were to go from the street to one of 3 parking areas then enter the building, go down some halls and arrive at Brickyard Blues 2020 registration. CARPOOL or Rideshare and navigate to 520 Northside Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30310


Fat Matt's Rib Shack

1811 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Fat Matt's is a rock Keeping the Blues Alive, with live blues 7 nights a week, and many of Atlanta's most beloved musicians regularly grace their stage. Their BBQ is awesome, so there is never any dance space.

However, Sunday's late night dance takes place late enough that the band has gone home, the tables go away and we have the whole room for blues dancing with the Brickyard Blues DJ crew. Dance the night away while the legends keep watch over you.

Parking

There is ample parking lot space at and near Fat Matt's.

See the Venue Map for extensive details.

Missed Registration? Pay at-the-door for Sunday Classes and Sunday Late Night.