Dancehalls in Jefferson Davis Parish

Alcee Benoit’s Dancehall

Alcee Benoit’s Dancehall

Four miles South of Welsh: Mentioned in Newspaper: “Lent begins next Wednesday. Lovers of the Terpsichorean art can enjoy themselves by being present in the dance hall of Alcee Benoit’s on next Monday night.” http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1918-02-08/ed-1/seq-3/ Also held closing exercises of Oak Bayou School: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1 ...[Read More]

Martin’s Hall

Martin’s Hall

Newspaper item about “magic lantern show”and dance in 1902: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1902-10-10/ed-1/seq-8/ : 1905: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1905-01-27/ed-1/seq-5/ : 1906: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1906-11-02/ed-1/seq-5/ : Church meeting there 1904: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1904-01-22/ed- ...[Read More]

Red Rose

Red Rose

George Conner: “Red & Delta Giles are the owners- he is former Mayor of Lake Arthur. The Red Rose has been open since the 1960s. It is north of town at 810 Iowa Avenue near Doland Avenue.” Included in Emily Ardoin’s 2014 thesis “Fais do-do to ‘Hippy Ti-Yo’: Dance Halls of South Louisiana”: “The Red Roseis located at teh edge of Lake Arthur and h ...[Read More]

Bloody Bucket

Bobby & Marcella Caffey- ” It was rough. There was a 2 x 12 plank on the wall for sticking your knife into. They’d hang their hats on the knife- so when a fight broke out they’d know right where their knife was.

Bucket of Blood

Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge: Accordion player Ellias Thibodeaux played there after WW2 along with his son, Rufus Thibodeaux (then 12 years old). Doug Kershaw first played onstage at the Bucket of Blood at 9 years old- 1943 or 44.