For those of you who don’t know, Texas is nothing like it is commonly portrayed in movies. We don’t all wear cowboys hats and boots 24/7, horses are not our primary form of transportation and we certainly do not all carry guns in our bags. One thing you will see is that while us Texans can “club dance” as good as the next person, we always enjoy a good Texas two-step (and it’s never too difficult to find the place to do it).
This weekend, Brandon and I headed over to the famous Broken Spoke, a dance hall that was once on the outskirts of the city, but is now smack dab in the middle of town. Dating back all the way to 1964, the Broken Spoke served as a place for big name country acts (think Willie Nelson and George Straight) to stop by on their way in to Austin. In the nearly five decades the dance hall has been around, things haven’t changed much – and that’s why people love it. It’s a true Texas experience and a great place to go if you want to hear some good, live music from both little-known artists and big-name acts. The beer is cheap, the dancing is a blast and the environment is unbeatable. You can even head over a little early and grab a bite to eat at their restaurant or take a two-step lesson before the band begins. Overall, it’s just a great time.
When we were there, Bruce Robison and his band were playing. I’ve never heard them before, but the music was perfect for two-stepping. I’m not much of a dancer, but Brandon knows how to two-step pretty well, so Brandon spent the first few songs giving me a lesson in proper spinning and stepping. Once I got the hang of it, we were moving around the floor and keeping time with the rest of ’em. We even got a few good spins in there, although I think it’s safe to say that my two-step technique could use a little work. Regardless, we had a blast. One tip: Brandon and I made the decision to head over to the Broken Spoke last minute and it was pretty crowded. So if you’re going on a busy night like Saturday, be sure to call ahead and reserve a table, otherwise you’ll be standing all night like us.
Have you ever been to the Broken Spoke? What was your experience like?