The 32nd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest at Gruene Hall


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Gruene Music & Wine Fest

The former vice president and CFO of A’GACI, Reid Hackney served as a leading executive the Ascena Retail Group. Now retired, Reid Hackney enjoys attending local dance halls and concert venues such as Gruene Hall.

The oldest continually-operating dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall dates back to 1878 and retains its original structure and design. The hall hosts numerous concerts and other events, playing an important role as a social and entertainment venue. Every year, Gruene Hall also hosts its annual music and wine festival.

The 32nd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest will begin on Thursday, October 4, 2018, and run through Sunday, October 7. The festival will feature catered dinners from Gristmill River Restaurant and Le Cordon Gruene Food Alley as well as wine tasting from carefully-selected local wineries. It will also offer silent auctions and a variety of Americana and Texan music.

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Delbert McClinton Performing at Gruene Hall in April


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Delbert McClinton

The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University, Reid Hackney is a retired financial executive who worked primarily in the retail sector. In retirement, Reid Hackney resides in San Antonio and enjoys attending shows at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels.

The oldest continually operating dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall hosts live musical performances every day. On Saturday, April 28, 2018, rhythm and blues artist Delbert McClinton will perform a set beginning at 9 p.m., with Seth James serving as the opener. A native of Lubbock, Texas, McClinton has worked more than 35 years as a recording artist, songwriter, and harp player. He has produced 19 studio albums, including his latest release, Prick of the Litter, which highlights his soulful energy across a variety of musical styles. Additionally, he is listed as one of the world’s top-20 harp players by the Book of Lists.

McClinton won his first of two Grammy Awards in 1991 for his “Good Man, Good Woman” duet with Bonnie Raitt. He won his second Grammy two years later for his “Tell Me About It” duet with Tanya Tucker.

Three Must-See Shows Playing at Gruene Hall in March


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Gruene Hall

The recipient of a bachelor’s in accounting from Penn State University, Reid Hackney is a retired retail executive who recently served five years as senior vice president and chief financial officer with San Antonio, Texas’ A’GACI. In retirement, Reid Hackney enjoys visiting Gruene Hall in New Braunfels.

As Texas’ oldest continually operating dance hall, Gruene Hall hosts a variety of musicians and bands from up-and-coming country acts to established folk singers. Below are three must-see shows taking place in March.

1. The Peterson Brothers – The musical style of this real-life brother duo can be best characterized as a mix of funk, soul, and blues. Their first self-titled album was the winner of the 2015 Living Blues Critics Award for Best Debut Blues Album and they have played at prominent festivals such as Ogden Roots and Blues, the Minnesota State Fair, and the Chicago Blues Festival. They’re playing at Gruene Hall on March 4 from 12 to 3:30 p.m.

2. Bret Graham – A regular MC of the monthly Gospel Brunches at Gruene Hall, Graham has produced several albums since his debut tape in 1997 and is best known for songs such as “Honkin’ Out Some Hank” and “She Caught Me Not Fishing.” In addition to leading the March 11 Gospel Brunch, he’ll be playing live sets every Monday from 6 to 10 p.m. in March.

3. Slim Bawb – A multi-talented musician who plays an eclectic mix of instruments from the banjo to electric guitar, Slim Bawb has had a monthly residency at Gruene Hall for the past four years. He’s scheduled to play a free show on March 25 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.