Dancehalls in Evangeline Parish

Cajun Frontier

Club where Nathan Abshire had a regular gig when he met Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records in the early 1960s: http://www.bopping.org/nathan-abshire-pope-of-cajun-accordion/. Photo from the Johnnie Allan Collection at the Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Caption: Pine Grove Playboys, L-R,Rodney Balfa, Dewey Balfa, Nathan Abshire, and Basile Marcantel

Club Avalon

Club Avalon

closed 1956 after owner Quincy Davis’s death from heart attack- Davis was from Oberlin- Nathan Abshire moved there because Davis offered him a regular gig there- Louisiana Music- p. 19- JA 1955: From “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule: Abe Manuel Sr. played there with Leo Soileau in the 1940s. Photo from the Johnnie Allan Collection at the Center for Louisiana Studies, University o ...[Read More]

Fontenot’s Main Street Lounge

Fontenot’s Main Street 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.” Photo from the Johnnie Allan Collect ...[Read More]

A. J.’s Club

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.”