Dancehalls in Avoyelles Parish

Peacock Club

Dale Walker: “It was in the late 60’s and early 70’s and located on the Spring Bayou Road aka Bayou Blanc Community in Marksville, LA. It was a great place. I was in my teens but individuals of all ages went dancing there. It was owned by Mac Boudin. He would get bands from all over and in this sleepy little town it was a dream come true. I can remember some of the bands and I’m sure the family has pics of the place inside and out because at one point it was taken down for whatever reasons it closed I never found out why. The bands I can remember: John Fred and the Playboys, Joe Stampley and the Uniques both bands being from Louisiana. Now I remember the one hit wonders that came through and ended up being very popular bands Sly and the Family Stone, Cream, The Doors, Deep Purple, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Blood, Sweat, and Tears and numerous others. I cannot remember all of the bands but at times when I hear a song from that era I then remember that I saw them live when they were dance hall bands waiting to become rock stars and usually it wouldn’t be long and we would hear them make the top 10 or top 20. We were very fortunate. I can remember having a conversation one evening when I had arrived early and was asking the owner, Mac Boudin, where he would find all those bands. He went on to share with me that he had made contact with a really great band agent/manager that would send all the upcoming future hit bands to his place and the band agent would either call in and/or drop by to access the crowd and the performance of the band. All I can say is that I was happy to be born when I was born.” ...

LaVie

Boogie Kings played there ...

Kyrle’s Club

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kyrles-Club/122440262202 ...

Casino

Alton Dupuy: “It was on Highway 1- the nicest club in the area. It was a dancehall, gambling room, and bar. They had those long dice tables in the gambling room. This was in the WW2 era- it burnt down mid 1950s. When it burned down, people remarked ‘How I miss that beautiful big dance floor.’ It was low to the ground, with concrete steps leading up. There were big front doors that you’d go through- then on the left when you went in, there was a big half circle shaped bar. Past that was another big set of doors that led to the bid dancehall. As you went in, there was a door on the right that led to the big gaming room. They probably had girls (prostitutes) there when the club was in it’s heyday. The Todora family (Italians from New Orleans) owned it. I assume there was a Mafia connection.” ...

Cresent Club

Alton Dupuy: it was on Highway 1 between Marksville & Alexandria. It was nicer than Hill Haven. ...

Hill Haven

Alton Broussard: It was on Hickory Hill Road. It must have opened around 1950. It was arough lumber, unpainted straight board type place in the woods. They had a live band on Saturday nights. The owner was Leonard Luneau, an English speaker from across Red River, who married a girl from Avoyelles. ...

Mac’s Country & Western Club/ Roller Rink

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.” Alton Dupuy: it was next to the Pelican club. Mac Baudin was the owner. ...