Dancehalls in Calcasieu Parish

LaFleur’s Roller Rink

Mentioned in Louisiana and Texas garage magazine Brown Paper Sack, issue #1, January, 1997 in the article “The Bad Roads″: The Bad Roads guitarist Bryan Smith: “We’d play at the Golden Slipper in Baton Rouge, the York Club in Lafayette, LeFleur’s Roller Rink in Sulphur, the Catacombs in Houston…”

Puppy Pen

Mentioned in Louisiana and Texas garage magazine Brown Paper Sack, issue #1, January, 1997 in the article “Toga A Go-Go″: “The (Roamin’) Togas solidified their rep throughout ’67 at most of the famed venues in South Louisiana at the time like the Beaconette in New Orleans, the Golden Slipper in Baton Rouge, the Puppy Pen in Lake Charles, Paul’s Lounge in Jeanerette, and the York ...[Read More]

Big Daddy’s Au-Go-Go Club

Mentioned in Louisiana and Texas garage music magazine Brown Paper Sack, issue #1, January, 1997 in the article “Time Remains: A Subjective Side to South Louisiana Rock ‘n’ Roll Singles, 1965-1967”: “According to (Lake Charles band The Castaways vocal/rhythm guitar player Joey Floyd), they mostly played proms and frat parties, thought they did appear regularly at some ...[Read More]

Two Mile Inn

Two Mile Inn

Jody Morvant: “The ‘Two Mile Inn’ located on Highway 8 approximately 1 mile north of the Peck Community in Catahoula Parish. 4,350 square feet, rented for $400 per week including all equipment. Photo dated May 4, 1995. Well established clientele.” Photo courtesy of Jody Morvant LouisianaDancehalls.com reader comment- Raymond McCastle: “We moved to the Two Mile Inn whe ...[Read More]

The Grove

The Grove

From http://www.texasfreeway.com: “On the right side of the road as Texans exited the east end of the mile-long bridge stood …Mud Lake, (and) on the left, stood The Grove.” From www.orangeleader.com: “Across the ÒMile BridgeÓ, and the last of the bigger clubs was The Grove. The Grove was an elegant club operated by Sam Smith and his wife Marian. The Smiths had opened the Gr ...[Read More]

Shady Rest

From “Scars of Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin” by Alice Echols: Shady Rest was a “raunchy” state line bar that was frequented by Janis Joplin and her group of guy friends-“good girls” didn’t go there. The bar was attached to the Shady Rest Motel, which is currently slated to be converted into a Vietnam veteran retreat called City of Refuge wh ...[Read More]

Buster’s 2

From http://www.texasfreeway.com: “(It) was established by M.J. ÒBusterÓ JohnsonÉ Later, BusterÕs 2 was opened at the end of Cemetery Road, off Highway 90, where the Louisiana travel center now stands.”

Showboat

Showboat

From http://www.orangeleader.com: “The most unique of all the clubs was the Showboat. It was an actual paddlewheel riverboat that had seen service in the Memphis, Tennessee area of the Mississippi. The ÒHarry LeeÓ was brought to Orange and docked on the left side of the highway in the ditch left from the dredging. The boat consisted of three decks, was 200 feet long and 43 feet wide. Over th ...[Read More]