Dancehalls in Rapides Parish

Rollerland Club

Mentioned in Louisiana and Texas garage magazine Brown Paper Sack, issue #1, January, 1997 in the article “The Barracudas″: “(The Barracudas) were happening in the area throughout ’65 and ’66, opening for ‘hitmakers’ like John Fred and the Playboys, Dale and Grace, and Dallas Frazierat the Rollerland Club in Alexandria.”

Lake Shamaree Bar

From “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History” by Chere Coen: “If the soldier could, he would visit the nearby local tavern, the Wigwam that was located along the banks of an old mining pond” in Forest Hill, wrote Roger Butter in ‘Camp Claiborne: Only the Memories Remain.’ The Wigwam later became the Lake Shamaree bar, once frequented by George Jones and Willie Nelson.” ...[Read More]

Wigwam

From “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History” by Chere Coen: “If the soldier could, he would visit the nearby local tavern, the Wigwam that was located along the banks of an old mining pond” in Forest Hill, wrote Roger Butter in ‘Camp Claiborne: Only the Memories Remain.’ The Wigwam later became the Lake Shamaree bar, once frequented by George Jones and Willie Nelson.” ...[Read More]

Herbie K’s

Herbie K’s

Matchbook cover: Herbie K’s Oyster House and Cocktail Lounge “The World’s Worst Service” Lee St. Extension Alexandria, LA

Golden Slipper

Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge: Ed Johnson recalled that Country fiddler Bob Henderson played at the Golden Slipper in Woodworth, during 1948 and 1949 with a band. “The band included Jimmy Johnson, (electric guitar and fiddle), Happy McNichol (drums), Pete Singley (upright bass) and Bob (fiddle and guitar).”

Turner’s Hall

Turner’s Hall

Newspaper mention of dance given by young ladies of Pineville, 1887: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82003389/1887-08-24/ed-1/seq-3/

Bucket of Blood

Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge: Rainbow Ramblers with Jimmie Davis played there on Central Louisiana tours. “It had not gotten its name because the place served Bloody Marys or was a blood donation site. This place was rough. The nightly fight and bloodbath broke out about 11 oÕclock, and before long the whole place was filled with a frenzy of wild f ...[Read More]

Dave Rachal’s House

Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge: Dave Rachal held a house dance in the early 1920s where a fight broke out and a fiddle was broken over a man’s head- Dave Rachal gave the fiddle to six year old Ray Beebe, who repaired it and learned to play on it.

112 Club

Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge: Country, swing, and old time fiddler Ray Beebe played there in 1960 in place of Leon Melder when Melder’s hand was out with a cut hand. Country and western swing fiddler Jack Kay played there in the mid 1960s. Eddie Friday also played at the family style dances held there at this popular spot.