Dancehalls in West Baton Rouge Parish

White Eagle

Louisiana writer Ernest Gaines saw a fight there that partially inspired his novel “Of Love and Dust”: from an unpublished speech: “I was visiting some relatives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I think about 1958, and a friend of mine and I went to a bar out in the country…. My friend and I went to this bar, and in this bar I saw a fight betwren two young men. This bar is surrou ...[Read More]

Black Pearl

Upscale African American “grown folks” club; open on special occasions 225-773-3358 (Alex Cook)

Carousel

Alton Dupuy: It was on 190 East going towards Baton Rouge- on the right just before the old bridge. I hung out there a little while I was at LSU- maybe around 1953. There was a big gambling room on the right side- they said it was closed after gambling became illegal. I think it was still operating though- it had a strange speakeasy feel to it- it was for known high rollers who had serious money t ...[Read More]

Sans Souci

Included in a 2006 Louisiana Cajun dance hall list compiled by WYNK Cajun DJ “Tee Mick” Abed, sent to me in personal correspondence from David Marcantel

Club Streamline

Chitlin’ Circuit blues club Mentioned in “South to Louisiana” by John Broven: page 145: Tabby Thomas played there in 1952 after returning home from serving in the Air Force on the West Coast. Mentioned in “Flashbacks: Eyewitness Accounts of the Rock Revolution, 1964-1974” by Michael Lydon: page 49-50: In 1968, B.B. King was promised $650 for a gig and stiffed by the p ...[Read More]

Unknown Hall

Alton Dupuy: It was on the left on 190 near the Carousel. It was one of the last bars there to close. I saw Ernest Tubb there in the early 1980s. I think it became a topless place whn it closed. It was a brick building I think- I believe it is still there.

Bonne Chance

Included in a list compiled by WYNK Cajun DJ “Tee Mick” Abed, sent to me in personal correspondence from David Marcantel