October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 17, 2021
One event on December 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm
One event on December 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm
The Georges started in 2008, being the brainchild of frontman and lead singer Jason George. An avid follower of the rockabilly and roots country bands that rocked dance halls in Texas, Jason decided to start a band that melded those country influences with his own love of pop music and a heavy dash of The Beatles.
Having been in several bands with his cousins for years that ranged from straight power pop to 60’s garage rock, The Georges were born in 2008 after the family band switched styles to perform music that people could dance to. After a rough first couple of years, The Phoenix Saloon in New Braunfels, TX started booking the band in rotation, and by 2010 their high energy mix of musical styles as well as their energetic performances led to a strong following in Central Texas. Things kicked into high gear when, in October of 2010, legendary dance hall Gruene Hall gave The Georges a residency that has lasted for five years of two to three Wednesdays a month.
The Georges have released two albums, Meet The Georges in 2010 and follow up Cool Your Heels in 2012, both on their own label Vinyphone Records. Selections from both discs are heard regularly on Lil’ Bit’s show Hill Country Hayride on 92.1 KNBT.
Some lineup changes occurred in 2013, but The Georges are stronger and tighter than ever with co-founder and former Two Tons of Steel lead guitarist Dennis Fallon, former Two Tons drummer Chris Dodds, and Memphis man Aaron Covington on upright and electric bass. Jason George still holds down the front on lead vocals and guitar while he is backed by these amazing musicians. They are hard at work on their new record. Come on out and catch ’em to see what the fuss is all about!
“One little known fact is that by 1850, and for many years afterward, European, most German, immigrants in San Antonio outnumbered both Mexicans and Anglos.” Texas Historian T. R. Ferenbach
Well, little known to whom? Not to those of us whose families date back to before Texas was a U.S. state. Want to know what is truly a “little known” fact? Texas Two-Step (in all it’s varieties), danced now for close to 200 years in Texas, and swing dancing, picked up by both black and white communities and danced throughout the South in its early years and now throughout the world, was derived from Czech and German dances. Texas dance hall culture is a German and Czech product, as is the large portions of our state that are family oriented. All of the famous dancehalls in Texas and those that have passed into the night with the arrival of more Anglos and other cultures, were Czech and German products.
Gruene Hall dates back to 1878. It was, like all halls of this type, a community center. Texas has retained it’s culture of serving liquor or beer with children present. Unlike other states that took on a strictly Anglo Protestant culture, barring children from houses of liquor and dance, Texas inherited a Czech and German view. Adults and children play together, so to speak. We’re family.
As anti-German sentiment increased with World War II, many Germans left or changed their names, stopped speaking German in schools or in public and German was banned from being taught in many municipalities in Texas. This had a detrimental effect on our communities, with many halls closing, one by one over the years and changing the face of our communities.
The German owners and strict German community are no more in Gruene. Purchased by Anglos, Gruene Hall is now a mausoleum, a museum and living breathing entity all rolled into one. It is a Texas treasure. It deserves preservation and use. Great Texas country and roots music is played at Gruene Hall. Support Texas music and history. Support Gruene Hall.
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