Texas Country Legend George Strait Honors Veterans And First Responders In Opening Of Austin Dance H
Country music icon George Strait has filled some of the largest venues in the world, but over the weekend he went back to his roots, and helped open up a “little” dance hall outside of Austin, Texas.
“He doesn’t do these little dance halls like this,” Mavericks Dance Hall event organizer Tracy Scialla told ABC affiliate KVUE. “Not that we’re little, but we’re introducing ourselves to the city of Buda and he’s just such a down-to-earth guy and he really wants to give back to the community.”
Strait is no stranger to dance halls. Before signing his first major record deal, his Ace In The Hole Band played a lot of these venues “back in the day”.
Wide Open Country gives a little insight into the history of Texas dance halls:
Buda’s new dance hall, a sister location to the Mavericks in Pflugerville, helps protect a fading trend that’s a big part of the Lone Star State’s country music tradition.
Texas was once the home to around 1,000 dance halls. It’s now a dying trend, with Gruene Hall in New Braunfels and another San Antonio attraction, the John T. Floore Country Store, among the remaining dance floors built with the Texas two-step in mind.
At the end of the event Strait gave a special thanks to the men and women who serve:
“I can’t say thank you enough for their service, their sacrifices, and all that they do today,” he said. “They come back to the states, they could say ‘I’m done,’ but they’re here, continuing to support all our troops.”