We have compiled several different links from different media sources that have given coverage to the struggles that Lerma’s is going through at this moment in time, if you find any more send them to the email or “FaceBook it” and we will add them to the list. Also on the same page we have added YouTube links to the bottom of the page so you can get a taste of what Lerma’s was all about! If you find any more cool videos or Lerma’s related links, please send them our way!
We are slowly starting to convert over all the paperwork from the Save Lerma’s Coalition into a digital format. Scanned document images are being converted over to PDF format and uploaded to Google Docs for easy viewing. Visit the Archive link regularly to see what goes on from week to week.
We have added photos from various days of volunteer clean-up efforts to the photo gallery. What a difference a bit of elbow grease makes! Thank you to all the volunteers who do their part to save a piece of our cultural history! Que Viva Lerma’s!
Have a great photo of Lerma’s you want to share? We now have a gallery page where you can add your photos to a slide show – email photos to our project address and we will add them, or post over on the FaceBook fan page and we will mirror your pics to add to the memories!
“This building needs some work, everyone can see that,” he added, but he reminded the DSDB, “Gilbert Garcia, he’s not only a musician, he’s passionate about the culture that San Antonio has.” Like many of the speakers, Weber referred to conjunto’s uniquely South Texas fusion of polka, waltz, cumbia, and ranchera. Writer and café owner Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez said her mother would tell her she was free to enjoy other music, “but always remember, conjunto music is who you are.”
After reading the article last week on the closing of Lerma’s Nite Club and then spotting the Branch cartoon on Sunday titled “Another endangered cultural landmark … Lerma’s Nite Club,” I just had to write this letter.
Pablo Lerma was my grandfather. He owned and operated Lerma’s Nite Club in the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. He died at the young age of 59. His son, Armando Lerma, took over the club in 1971. Since Armando’s retirement, the Garcia family has owned and operated Lerma’s, continuing to provide a place for people to socialize, dance and of course, drink beer.
Lerma’s Nite Club was a place to dance polkas, waltzes, cumbias, etc., to the music of the likes of Santiago Jimenez, Henry Zimmerle and the great Luis Gonzales, who was the house band. It was just as entertaining to watch people dance as it was to dance. Luis Gonzales played some of the finest conjunto music ever. To my knowledge, there are no recordings of his music.
I will never forget the music that I grew up with in my childhood; I have especially fond memories of earning extra money by washing the small Lone Star glasses, and sweeping the floors. Then I would, under the watchful eye of my grandfather, be allowed to stay and listen to the music and watch people dance. To this day, I love the art form known as conjunto music.
Lerma’s has a very special place in my heart and in the hearts of many San Antonians. The expression “Puro San Antonio” truly applies here.