During the 70's the Dance Hall era in Texas was booming. With three TV channels, no VCRs, DVDs, Internet or Mobile Phones, the one thing everyone looked forward to was the weekend dance. There were many to choose from and it wasn't unusual to see 1000+ attendees at any of these.
This photo was taken on Dec 31, 1980.
The intersection in the background is
183 & BurnetIn the 90's, the price of Real Estate began to steadily increase, driving most of the halls out of Austin. The crowds, however, quickly found alternatives in the urban areas. Places like Dessau Hall, The Round Rock S.P.J.S.T. Hall, Eds River Palace in Johnson City all flourished during the 90's.
By the turn of the Millennium, most of the BIG dance halls were gone from Austin. The Broken Spoke and Midnight Rodeo (formerly Dance Across Texas) survived. The last founder, Stacey Poole, left the band in 2001.
Today; in addition to performing in public venues, People's Choice has become a favorite to bring in for numerous private events. Hopefully, we'll see you soon!