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Abadie’s Cabaret

1900s Storyville jazz club: north corner of Bienville & Marais: Joseph Oliver crowned “King of Trumpets” while playing there Map at:

October 20, 2014

Abe Boudreaux’s Dance Hall

Possibly same as Abe’s Palace? Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge: Tonice LeFleur played there in J.B. and the Merrymakers in the 1930s

Abe’s Palace

100 S. 2nd Street: Included in Emily Ardoin’s 2014 thesis “Fais do-do to ‘Hippy Ti-Yo’: Dance Halls of South Louisiana”: “Abe’s Palace was a two story brick commercial building that originally was a department store on the first floor & dance hall on the 2nd. It featured primarily Cajun music and was opened in 1901. It closed in lJuly 1940 by fire marshal for lack of egress; city council denied a permit to open a new dance hall in its place in Aug 1940. It now serves as four apartments. The building is of brick construction, has a flat/pent roof, a straight parapet, and has a concrete foundation. The dance floor is constructed of wood strips.”

Abita Springs Pavilion

Newspaper item about dance to pay balance due on pavilion, 1909:

Abita Springs Town Hall

Will Laborde: “The Northshore Cajun Dancers have a monthly Cajun/Zydeco dance at the Abita Springs Town Hall. They have held dances there for over 10 years. I am a former member of the Northshore Cajun Dancers club. They still hold monthly dances. The hall also has bluegrass bands in addition to other genres of music periodically.” Newspaper item about dance:

Absolutely Vanicor

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Acadian Club

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.”

Acadian Lounge

Dancing! Our Liquor Store and Lounge open 24 hours Lafayette club at Four Corners Wednesday nights: Belton Richard and his Rhythm Rockers and The Quintones on Saturday Photo by Charisse Menard Hernandez from the February 27, 1959 Daily Advertiser

February 2, 2015

Acadiana Lounge

806 S. Bullard Street: Church Point Road Ben Benoit: “Me and my buddy went there together. He was a huge guy- 6’4″. We crossed the dance floor to ask these two girls to dance and they said no. The band started and my buddy grabbed me up and waltzed me back across the floor to where we started from. I tried to stop him but he said ‘I ain’t walking back over there in front of all these people- they’d know we got turned down.”

October 20, 2014

African Queen

“Similarly the small black “jukes”—places like the African Queen in Ferriday—carried on a blues, hard drinking, and fist-fighting tradition, and like their white counterparts, were less cosmopolitan than the early clubs.”- Hiram Ford “Pete” Gregory, III

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