3201 S. Lamar, Austin, 78704, 512/442-6189
“Last of the True Texas Dancehalls and damn sure proud of it!” Thus declares Broken Spoke owner and dance floor greeter James M. White, who opened up the honky-tonk in 1964. Home to both the upper rungs of country music history (Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson) and its local equivalent (Don Walser, Dale Watson, Kelly Willis, the Derailers), there’s no denying the structure stubbornly resisting the sky-high overdevelopment surrounding it on South Lamar. Serving chicken-fried steak, cold beer, and hardcore country almost every night, the Spoke’s swing and two-step lessons happen Wednesday through Saturday, 8:30-9:30pm.
Tue., Oct. 24, 6pm
Weldon Henson (8:15), Craig Marshall
Wed., Oct. 25, 6pm
Saddle Sores (9:00), Cella Blue & Tracie Lynn
Thu., Oct. 26, 6pm
Derailers (9:00), Ben Rodgers
Fri., Oct. 27, 6pm
Sat., Oct. 28, 6pm
Alvin Crow (9:00), Paula Russell
Tue., Oct. 31, 6pm
Weldon Henson "Willie" scary Halloween dance (8:15), Debra Peters' Accordion Roundup
Learn the Texas two-step and Western swing in a real honky-tonk. Singles and couples welcome. Thursdays, 8pm. $8.
The slogan promises "half Cajun, half Tex-Mex, half Southern." Enjoy ambivalence in the form of dinner.
3508 S. Lamar, 512/440-7337