The playful sounds of One Ton Pig beckon to anyone walking past the doors of the Silver Dollar Bar at The Wort Hotel. It’s a Tuesday night, and the establishment is filling fast with fans of the eclectic valley band. You’ll see people on bar crawls around Jackson every night of the week, but the Tuesday crowd at the Silver Dollar is a regular group.
Pink and blue lights cast an inviting hue over the historic bar, which features 2,032 uncirculated 1921 silver dollars inlaid in its top. People have pushed their tables together and turned their chairs toward the dance floor. The wait staff wear band T-shirts and bob their heads to the music, serving up drinks and dishes that are a step or two above your average bar fare. It isn’t long before the band shifts into a cover of “Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad” and dozens of dancers crowd the small dance area. Men and woman take turns twirling one another, swinging back and forth, around and around.
Cowboys in jeans and boots swing women in blouses with lace, while men in button-up shirts dip and twirl with women in flowing dresses. A young woman does a hippie dance by herself, and a young man who told me he’s from Texas and his partner tear around the dance floor with a Latin flare, moving faster than anyone else.
People come to the Silver Dollar on Tuesdays to dance, says Wilson resident Ryan Mestaugh, his dreadlocks pulled back and tied. “It’s just a really great dancing atmosphere. There’s a big difference between here and the other bars.”