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Gruene Hall, New Braunfels

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Gruene Hall, built in 1878 by Henry (Heinrich) D. Gruene and located in the historical town of Gruene, Texas (now a part of New Braunfels), bills itself as "the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas". By design, not much has physically changed since the hall was first built. The 6,000-square foot dance hall with a high-pitched tin roof still has the original layout with side flaps for open-air dancing, a bar in the front, a small lighted stage in the back and a huge outdoor garden. Advertisement signs from the 1930s and 1940s still hang in the old hall and around the stage.

Under the current ownership, Gruene Hall has become internationally recognized as a destination tourist attraction and major music venue for up-and-coming as well as established artists. Gruene Hall has hosted such acts as Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum, and Gregg Allman. It was also used as a set for Michael, starring John Travolta. Tracie Ferguson, the booking agent of 30 years, is credited with starting the original music approach that has made Gruene Hall an iconic music venue, helping to jump-start the careers of Lovett, Townes Van Zandt, Ketchum, Bruce Robison, Nanci Griffith, Ryan Bingham, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams and many others.

The hall has been featured in several books including Pat Green's Dancehalls & Dreamers, Gail Folkins' Texas Dance Halls: A Two Step Circuit, Vokac's The Great Towns of America and Schultz's 1000 Places to See Before You Die.
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  • My wife and I stopped in at Gruene after a late lunch at Black's Original. I had wanted to see the dance hall after reading about it. I also had watched the ZZ Top documentary where they played a...  more »
  • This is probably the best, most fun place in this part of Texas. The oldest dance hall in Texas is still rocking. Filled with happy people having fun, drinking, dancing , and enjoying themselves.  more »
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  • Great classic venue. All kinds of amazing artists perform here. It's not air conditioned but if you love the artist it's worth it. It's a very intimate setting.
  • What a great place. I love this old building. Haven't had the time to attend a concert but we've been here a few times for beers. A must see for anyone in the area.

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