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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.

In 2019, ZZ Top did interviews, and played live music for many parts of the Documentary That Little ol' Band from Texas, at the famous dance hall. At the end of the documentary, they walk out to the front of the dancehall in Gruene, with clear view of some of the town, and drove off together into the horizon.
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  • We were not sure what to expect. The dance hall was filled with people. There is no AC but the screens were all open with plenty of picnic tables outside. You could still hear & see the band. The Wed....  more »
  • A must-see while in the area! We enjoyed Gruene Hall very much, such a unique experience. We did have kids (5 and 3) with us, but we hope to come back soon as a couples trip. If you are in the area...  more »
  • 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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