LouisianaDancehall.com reader comment- Shane Bernard: “Until about 10 years ago (circa 2005) there was a nightclub on Highway 182 between Broussard and New Iberia called the Tropicana. I found this address: Tropicana Club, 1815 Old Spanish Trl, St. Martinville, LA. The building is still there, but the sign is gone.”
Dancehalls in Iberia Parish
Outside of New Iberia on the St. Martinville Hwy.
5509 Hwy. 14: now a rental banquet hall: holds CFMA meeting monthly 5509 Highway 14, New Iberia: 337-465-4952 lalouisianebanquethall.com
5509 Hwy 14: Included in Emily Ardoin’s 2014 thesis “Fais do-do to ‘Hippy Ti-Yo’: Dance Halls of South Louisiana”: “Club La Louisiane is on Highway 14. The dancehall is now used as a banquet and rental hall. The construction is brick, the roof is flat, the foundation is a concrete slab. The dance floor is composed of wood strips.” The owner was Billeus (Br ...[Read More]
A Mexican entertainer, Filo Gonzalez, was a regular here- Bobby & Marella Caffey & Eldine & Ernest (Ben) Benoit: DL Menard- right in the middle of town on Center Street- where Arceneaux Ford is now. The only one I remember that would play in there regular was Al Perry.
Sarah Fox: The Glass Front was my grandparents’ (Eugene Miguez and Maria Hebert Miguez) restaurant/dance hall in New Iberia in 1925. They had dance cards for 10 cents and if you danced to close my grandmother would separate the patrons. The GLASS FRONT was located across the street from Bertrand Lumber Co on MAIN STREET. Along with Coleman’s Cafe and Guidroz’s Restaurant (Michael ...[Read More]
Linda LeBlanc: 60’s, diverse ages, Black crowd, I saw Ike and Tina Turner there for $.50!!! concert venue, bring your own bottle, ice, mixers.
Mentioned in the New Iberia book, chapter by Louis Paul Bryant: corner of Julia & Hacker Streets; sometimes rented foor private affairs, but generally held a dance every Saturday and Sunday night. The band was a trio: Joe LeBlanc on fiddle, and another fiddle and accordionist. They played on a bandstand fashioned from the frame of an old four post bed with a canopy. The mattresses were remove ...[Read More]
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Esquerita played there- Phyllis: on Main Street where Winn Dixie is now in New Iberia- owned by Elvy Dore, Sr.- building still located at the corner of St. Peter and Landry Drive