About 50 miles south of Austin and just west of IH-35 you will find a town that has been gently resisting change since 1872. It is a popular day trip from Austin and when you get into the heart of Gruene Texas you see why. The main attraction and social center in town is Gruene Hall which was built in 1878, the oldest continually running dance hall in Texas.
When you walk into the hall you can just imagine all of the music these historic walls have heard. They beg to tell you about the songs of Willie Nelson, George Strait, Lyle Lovett and many more who have played for standing room only crowds in the mid-summer Texas heat. Sure there might be neon lights touting the best light beer at the bar but this is a true dance hall.
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My encounter with this aged dance hall was not by chance, I was here to see one of my favorite Austin performers, Guy Forsyth. I have watched Guy play in many settings from the Saxon Pub to the Oasis, each extracting a show which was right for the place. In this extra special place he put on an extra special show. From the onset he was walking and strumming with a fever that only a historic place like this could inspire (I say he but the trio is rounded out by Rob Hooper and Will Landin).