Garth Brooks gives performance at Gruene Hall

Garth Brooks performs at historic Gruene Hall on Sept. 23.

Garth Brooks performs at historic Gruene Hall on Sept. 23.

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Under the hazy blue lights of historic Gruene Hall, country music legend Garth Brooks put on a show for a crowd of nearly 800 lucky fans.

By some estimates, upwards of 5,000 more fans gathered on the streets of the Gruene Historic District to witness Brooks’ third of seven concerts on his "Dive Bar" tour. Roads were closed; pop-up bars were set up; and Texas-sized viewing screens were trucked in to make history.

“It’s good to come back [to] where it all started. … I haven’t smiled like this in a long time,” Brooks told the crowd.

After stops in Chicago; Bakersfield, California; and Gruene, the final four venues have yet to be announced for Brooks’ "Dive Bar" tour—a nod to Brooks’ single “Dive Bar” featuring Blake Shelton. The tour itself is part of a campaign to encourage drinking responsibly and never driving impaired, and fans are given an opportunity to win tickets through the radio.

“There’s not too many of you that were here the first night we were here,” Brooks laughed. “In fact, I think many of you weren’t even born yet.”

According to, Brooks is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame and International Songwriters Hall of Fame. He remains the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history with more than 148 million album sales and holds the North American record with more than 6.3 million tickets sold during the 79-city "Garth Brooks World Tour."
By Ian Pribanic

Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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