The times they are a-changin', but not all links to Austin's past have been broken.
For half a century, the Broken Spoke has been a hub of South Austin culture: a space for discovering music, for two-stepping — and for stepping back in time. And though the dance hall now sits in the shadow of new developments that surround its small frame, the Spoke is still going strong.
This week, the Austin icon celebrates 50 years in business with a host of special performances featuring the current weekly roster as well as surprise guests. "We would like to invite everyone to a week of celebrating our 50th birthday at the Broken Spoke," proprietors James and Annetta White write on the dance hall's website. "We are also expecting some special guests to come by and sing a couple," they tease.
The celebration kicked off Tuesday night with surprise performances from the legendary Jerry Jeff Walker and Texas country vet Jack Ingram, who joined Weldon Henson, Bruce Robison and Pauline Reese on the stage. Expect even more famous names to stop by as the party continues through November 8 with the following lineup:
November 5 at 8 pm: Free Dance with Alvin Crow & The Pleasant Valley Boys with special guests
November 6 at 9 pm: Jesse Dayton with special guests
November 7 at 9 pm: Alvin Crow with special guests
November 8 at 9:30 pm: Dale Watson with special guests
View the full calendar on the Broken Spoke website.