You’re invited as we kickoff the restoration of our National Register Landmark also known as Lerma’s Nite Club with a Dance on December 15th, from 6pm-11pm. For decades, Lerma’s provided a stage for up-and-coming conjunto musicians. The dancehall was an integral part of the social fabric on San Antonio’s West Side, especially for the older Latino couples who came to do the polka and cumbia every weekend. City inspectors with concerns about the safety of the building shut Lerma’s down, leaving its future in limbo. We, as Esperanza , are committed to restoring the Lerma’s building and preserving our national history and culture. Save Lerma’s is a community-driven initiative to restore Lerma’s Nite Club, a historically significant conjunto dance hall and cultural landmark located in the West Side of San Antonio.
Come to the Baile (Dance) and celebrate with us estilo Lerma’s. Taquachito, Polka, Vals, Chotiz, Bolero, Redoba and Cumbia your heart out. Celebrate with us the sounds of our very own American folk music, a combination of German, Czech, and Polish accordion, fused with Mexican Norteño music. Live Music with Eddie “Lalo” Torres y Su Conjunto, Los Hermanos De Leon, and Santos Sosa y Sus Estrellas. Special Guest performance by Rita Vidaurri and Salvador “Pavo” García.
For decades, Lerma’s Nite Club provided a stage for up-and-coming conjunto musicians. The dancehall was an integral part of the social fabric on San Antonio’s West Side, especially for the older Latino couples who came to do the polka and cumbia every weekend. A year ago, city inspectors with concerns about the safety of the building shut Lerma’s down, leaving its future in limbo. As part of Texas Public Radio’s special series on historic preservation, Michelle Koidin Jaffee reports.
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People keep asking in chat “why are you asking for help?” – main point being, our community where Lerma’s is located is not online. This is a city of 1.3 million people, 7th largest in the nation, yet our major news stations facebook pages average around 5000+ users. There is no other way to get the word out but to plea to the internet for help. We know that getting to #1 may be impossible but maybe breaking the top 20 won’t be. We are not the only endangered historical site, there are many others deserving of your help. Please take the time to participate in your community and save the things you care about. A twitter user associated with Anonymous in chat mentioned “It’s like when we banded together to save our site, Encyclopedia Dramatica” – if you care enough about something, then you will find a way. Thank you for your support AND BLESS YOU! – Susana
Several documents have been added to the archives, including the findings of the San Antonio Historical and Design Review Commission, a letter from the Mayor and a letter from the Texas Historical Commission!
click to read! Thank you to all our supporters who continue to advocate for Lerma’s in an effort to save a piece of West Side history!
Where: Main Plaza
When: Saturday, October 30 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Main Plaza is the plaza downtown right in front of the San Fernando cathedral. 8pm-1030pm. take the bus if you don’t want to park your car anywhere…but there’s plenty of parking. bring foldup chairs, but most importantly, bring your dancing shoes. SAVE LERMA’S night at the Plaza is the Final Raz…a en la Plaza concert of the season.
Save Lerma’s is a community-driven initiative to restore Lerma’s Nite Club, a historically significant conjunto dance hall and cultural landmark located in the westside of San Antonio. Henry Zimmerle, a local conjunto pioneer, has recorded over 100 albums over the course of his career! Donate today!
New documents have been scanned and added to the archive including a Letter of support from the San Antonio Conservation Society, a letter of commitment from The National Trust for Historic Preservation to cover the cost of a structural assessment report, and documents from the Historic and Design Review Commission.