Asleep at the Wheel & Ray Benson are excited to present the Texas Dance Hall Tour, a week-long destination tour from March 20 – 26, 2017 in the Texas Hill Country and further east into Schulenburg and La Grange!
Think of it as a “land cruise” with our port-of-calls being several of the state’s historical dance halls, featuring a range of notable Western Swing, Ameripolitan and Texas artists. Filled with history, romance and a way of life, these halls have been the the breeding grounds of Texas music for over a century – and now you have a chance to be a part of that!
“There wouldn’t be Texas music without our Texas dance halls…They’re like the Carnegie Hall of Western Swing and Texas Music!” – Ray Benson
The great state of Texas is filled with historic dance halls. In the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, dance halls flourished and at one time there were over 1,000 halls in Texas. Although there are now fewer than half remaining, there are more historic dance halls in the state of Texas than anywhere in the country. They represent authentic music, culture, and history.
Backed by Asleep at the Wheel and Ray Benson, the Texas Dance Hall Tour has set out to bring you the truest form of the dance hall experience there is. In addition to a welcome event on March 20, join us for five full days to experience Texas music heritage at its finest. We’ll also explore local culture and attractions, take dance lessons, imbibe regional spirits at wineries/distilleries, enjoy Texas-style dinners, learn the history of the halls with members of the Texas Dance Hall Preservation – and, most importantly, make memories that will Two-Step their way right into your music-loving heart!
The walls of the Texas dance halls are filled with history, romance, and a way of life. If you’ve never stepped foot in one, this is your chance to do so! From the small town atmosphere with modern urban conveniences to rural beauty, the Texas Dance Hall Tour will provide you with a unique and unforgettable experience.
Help Save the Halls: The Texas Dance Hall Preservation is committed to saving historic Texas dance halls and the authentic music and culture that is still found in them. If you’re interested in how you can become a member of the Preservation or how you can donate please go to: http://texasdancehall.org/