Texas dance halls were many times one of the first buildings a community constructed. They served not only as dance halls but also as community meeting halls and social halls for political and cultural preservation, and many times a gathering place for the community’s survival. They are used for weddings, fundraising for churches, medical emergencies, fire stations and many other community-based needs.
When it comes to the world famous “Texas Music” these halls were the catalyst and incubators for what is now known as the Texas Sound. Early bands that depended on these halls for existence include Bob Wills, Buddy Holly, George Jones, Elvis Presley and later emerging artists such as George Straight, Selena, Kevin Fowler and more. Much of our indigenous music was developed in the storied halls, music such as Western swing, honky tonk, conjunto, Tejano, and Cajun/Zydeco.
TDHP’s September event of the 2013 season is a fundraiser this Saturday at Schroeder Hall, located at 12516 FM 622 in Goliad, one of Texas’ premier historic dance halls. The event will feature Jake Hooker & The Outsiders, one of Texas’ busiest and brightest traditional country bands who continue to fill the halls across the state. Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15. Donations are accepted.
There also will be a silent auction featuring rare music memorabilia and other donated items. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Texas Dance Hall Preservation Inc., and its ongoing efforts to save our historical Texas dance halls.