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Saengerhalle
Saengerhalle
255 Saengerhalle Rd
New Braunfels,TX 78130
830.625.4255
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Saengerhalle was constructed in 1959 on a plot of land donated to a group of German singing clubs by Mr. Gilbert Becker, farmer, singer and director in one of the clubs. The hall was built from several Army buildings moved from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. These clubs formed a non-profit corporation, which ran the hall. This hall was used for their own events, meetings, singing fests and dances as well as rented out for weddings, receptions, anniversary parties, family reunions and other private events. Club members donated their time and energy to keep the hall in operation for many years. Finding it difficult to maintain the hall andits traditions led to a decision to offer it for sale in 1996. The new owners began to host shows of Texas and Americana acts, but live music held less of a presence in the last few years and they decided to put the dancehall up for sale earlier this year (2002). Once the purchase was completed (this August) Eric, Justin, and Terrie wasted no time in putting a plan together to make Saengerhalle a live music destination once again. Their first step was to hire an outside agency to do all of the talent buying and promotion for the venue. They have also put the hall through some renovations in an effort to reestablish some of the original charm and put more focus on the live music. Some minor changes involved taking out some of the TVs and putting up some of the historical photos and literature. They even restored the original sign. Other changes include relocating the bar, moving the pool tables/recreational area to the back, upgrading the backstage facilities and PA system as well as adding a 2,500 square foot deck. The hall also offers "One of the Top Ten Jukeboxes in Texas" chosen by Texas Music Magazine for Best Jukebox Smorgasbord. Saengerhalle starts each week with songwriters' night hosted by the ubiquitous Jeff Plankenhorn. Jeff has played live and on recordings with many Texas artists including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Willis Alan Ramsey, Bruce Robison and Eliza Gilkyson. On Tuesdays the venue will be hosting dance lessons. Then the weekend starts with Fat Thursdays - no cover charge, free food at 6pm and some of Texas' up and coming bands playing from 7-10:30pm. Every Friday and Saturday night features some of Texas' and Americana's best acts taking the stage. Unlike other live music venues in the central Texas area, Saengerhalle can comfortably host live music every week of the year. With over 10,000 square feet of dancehall and mega tons of air-conditioning Saengerhalle is a great place to catch live music in January, July or any other time of year. Come on out to see us at Saengerhalle, "The Coolest Dancehall In Texas".
 
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