This Week in Texas Music History: Bronco Bowl
This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll visit a Dallas bowling alley that featured everything from sock hops to glam rock.
On August 16, 2003, the Bronco Bowl in Dallas hosted its final concert. The Bronco Bowl opened in 1961 as a multi-purpose entertainment venue with bowling lanes, pinball machines, an indoor archery range, and a miniature golf course. In 1963, owners added a live music venue, which they called the Pit Stop. In 1964, the club’s house band, the Pitmen, made a live recording of their song “Dance, Franny, Dance,” which would become a regional hit.
In the early 1980s, the Bronco Bowl was remodeled and expanded. For nearly two decades, it hosted such diverse acts as David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Public Enemy, U2, and the Clash. However, in 2003, the Bronco Bowl was torn down to make way for a Home Depot.
Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll remember a fiddler who was already turning heads at the age of five.