Dancehalls in Natchitoches Parish

Comus Club

From http://www.canerivernha.org/historic-natchitoches: “Blanchard Building – Also known as the LaCoste Building, this building was constructed in 1850. The second floor was a dance hall called the Comus Club. The building is one of two in Natchitoches that retains its original carriage drive from the street into the rear courtyard.” Washington Street, Natchitoches

Jungle Bar

Dayna Bowker Lee: “If you’re driving to Natchitoches, there’s (an) old hall still standing on Hwy. 1 not too far south of Cloutierville on the east side of the road. It’s a huge red barn structure. I’m pretty sure I have a photo of it, and I think it was called the Jungle Bar.”

Roque’s Grocery

Dayna Bowker Lee: “Roque’s Grocery, which is a neighborhood grocery, dance hall, and live music venue, is still operational as far as I know – it’s at 235 Carver Avenue in Natchitoches.”

White Elephant

Dayna Bowker Lee: “There were a few halls in Cloutierville. One was the White Elephant near the intersection of Hwy 1 and 495 on the west side of Hwy. 1…”

Kirkland’s Hall

Dayna Bowker Lee: “Across the river (from the area of the Blue Moon) on Hwy. 119 was Kirkland’s Hall, aka, the Friendly Escape. It stood until the 1990s when it collapsed – it was not too far south from Frenchie’s…”

Blue Moon

Dayna Bowker Lee: “Just down from Wood’s (Hall) on the same side of the river, Hwy. 484, was the Blue Moon on the Roque Brother’s property, across from the store.”

Wood’s Hall- The Friendly Place

Dayna Bowker Lee: “On Hwy. 484- Also known as “Friendly Place”” From http://winhttp.nsula.edu/regionalfolklife/crcc/WoodsHall.html : “Although it is no longer in operation, Wood’s Hall was the most successful Creole juke joint on the river. At various times, there were at least ten ‘halls’ in operation along Cane River. Before Wood’s Hall close ...[Read More]

Fiesta Club

From http://www.crt.state.la.us/Assets/OCD/hp/nationalregister/historic_contexts/The_African_American_Experience_in_Louisiana.pdf: “(A) popular club in Natchitoches Parish that offered African Americans opportunities for recreation and entertainment they could not enjoy at other local venues (was) the Fiesta Club…The Fiesta Club was the place to be on Sunday afternoons where the activi ...[Read More]

Moonlight Inn

From Louisianafolklife.org: “In the early 1950s, Herman White on guitar and his brother who had taken up fiddle began playing country music shows at theaters and schools. Gradually, the band grew to an eight-piece band known as the Louisiana Ramblers and played area clubs such as the Moonlight Inn at Marthaville.”