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]

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.

Lake Shore Club

Lake Shore Club

Owner was E.J. Ayo- Ernest Tubb played there 1971 Included in Emily Ardoin’s 2014 thesis “Fais do-do to ‘Hippy Ti-Yo’: Dance Halls of South Louisiana”: “The Lakeshore Club is a watefront dinner club on Lake Arthur. The club primarily featured swamp pop music. The construction is brick and concrete masonry unit, the roof is side gabled and metal, the foundation i ...[Read More]

Silver Dollar

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.”

T-George’s

George Conner: “Located on 26- 2nd red light on Left- glass repair shop on site now.” Fran Morton: “I lived in Lake Arthur, LA for a good long while. Sunday afternoon we all gathered at “T-George’s” dance hall. Ceiling maybe 8’3″, dance floor on 17 degree slant. Fun? Good really ole time Cajun gentlemen playing fiddle,squeeze box, fiddle and an occas ...[Read More]