Dancehalls in Evangeline Parish

Duff Martin’s Dancehall

Duff Martin’s Dancehall

In Deville Building: Newspaper reports of dancehall fire killing 28: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064250/1919-11-29/ed-1/seq-1/ Newspaper article concerning lawsuit of Duff Martin dancehall fire coverage: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064250/1920-03-20/ed-1/seq-5/ 28 people died in a fire on November 22, 1919: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064069/1919-11-27/ ...[Read More]

Foxy Lady Lounge

From scn.org/zydeco/backissues/zguidela.html :” Zydeco Dancer’s Travel Guide to Louisiana” Last updated in January 1998: “(Foxy Lady Lounge is)ÉSoutheast of Ville Platte on Highway 167”

Hick’s Wagon Wheel Club

Hick’s Wagon Wheel Club

Photo from Johnnie Allan Image Collection, Center for Louisiana Studies, Univeristy of Louisiana at Lafayette: L-R, Preston Manuel, Morris ÒT-BoyÓ Courville, J.B. Fuselier, Elvis Soileau Courtesy of Preston Manuel and Ann Savoy. Opelousas- Ville Platte highway Cajun- b/n Point Blue & Opelousas on 749- Aldus Roger & the Lafayette Playboys were frequent performers- Nick Fontenot met his wi ...[Read More]

High Life

corner of 167 & Hwy 10- T Mamou- Fontenots from Belair Cove always involved in fhuge fights- put weevils under horse saddles so they would be irritated and jumpy, dumped red pepper on floor to break up dance

Jungle Lounge

Listed in “Readers recall clubs where they danced to Louisiana Music” from The Daily Advertiser, December 29, 1998: “Readers of The Daily Advertiser were asked to submit names of’ the clubs where they danced to Louisiana music in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, with a brief recollection of what the club was like and who played there.” 1636 W. Main Street- Owned by Cliff ...[Read More]

Landreneau’s Hall

Landreneau’s Hall

Newspaper item about quarterly meeting of the parish union there, 1888: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83026389/1888-06-16/ed-1/seq-1/

Lodge Hall

Lodge Hall

Lodge hall on west side of High School Drive also called Conway (then #118-123)- info from 1938 Ville Platte Sanborn Insurance Map

Unknown club

Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge: Ed Johnson recalled that Country fiddler Bob Henderson played at a club in Turkey creek, name unknown, during 1948 and 1949. “The band included Jimmy Johnson, (electric guitar and fiddle), Happy McNichol (drums), Pete Singley (upright bass) and Bob (fiddle and guitar).”