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Garth Brooks plays surprise show at legendary Austin dance hall

Garth Brooks plays surprise show at legendary Austin dance hall

Garth Brooks plays at the Broken Spoke in Austin
Garth Brooks surprised a crowd at the Broken Spoke. Photo courtesy of KVUE

KVUE — While everyone was waiting for Garth Brooks' free SXSW concert Saturday night, the country singer had yet another surprise up his sleeve. Brooks made a surprise appearance at Austin's legendary Broken Spoke dance hall Friday night.

James White, the owner of Broken Spoke, said the plan was hatched about a week ago and everyone was sworn to secrecy.

White stepped to the microphone Friday night and told the crowd of about 500 that there would be a special guest performing. At roughly 11 pm, he welcomed Brooks to the stage. Brooks performed to the packed house for about 45 minutes.

At the end of the performance, Brooks had one more surprise. He turned to the 78-year-old bar owner and handed him something he’ll cherish for the rest of his life: the very guitar Brooks played on Friday night.

"It was a really electrifying moment," said White. 

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Visit KVUE for the full story and video footage from the show.