Dancehalls in East Baton Rouge Parish

Apex Club

Apex Club, Baton Rouge

From Sepia Socialite, May 1942: Apex Club’s Cocktail Lounge Is Last Word In “Atmosphere” “From all over the country they come by Macie Lamott’s Apex Club, and from everyone who has sipped a cocktail in teh cool, comfortable lounge comes the remark: “This is the swankiest nite club in Colored America.” And so it is, the large stucco building (picture upper ...[Read More]

Thunderbird Beach

Mentioned in Louisiana and Texas garage magazine Brown Paper Sack, issue #1, January, 1997 in the article “Hearsin’ Around: The Playgue.″ The Playgue vocalist/bassist Lewis Moyse: “It was a kick having a record out, and (our managers) kept getting us jobs at good spots, good clubs, and crowded venues like Thunderbird Beach, just south of Baton Rouge. I remember we played there once with Bobb ...[Read More]

Golden Slipper

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 Cl ...[Read More]

Prince Hall Masonic Temple

Prince Hall Masonic Temple

From the East Baton Rouge Public Library Places website, written by Henry Kiely “(The) Prince Hall Masonic Temple in Baton Rouge…started in 1924. The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows contracted with contracted with Conner, Bryant and Bell, a Baton Rouge black contracting company, to erect a building at 1335 North Boulevard. Occupation of t ...[Read More]

American Legion Hall

Will Laborde: “The American Legion Hall has a monthly dance. They usually have Swamp Pop or variety bands play there. It is the largest and finest wooden dance floor I have seen in the state. We used to have our Baton Rouge Cajun French Music Association dances there for several years until it became cost prohibitive. I go there periodically. What a great non-smoking dance venue.”

UCT Hall

United Commercial Traveler’s Council Hall 11175 FLORIDA BLVD BATON ROUGE, LA, 70815 Will Laborde: “I am a member of the Cajun French Music Association, Baton Rouge chapter. We have monthly authentic Cajun dances once a month at the UCT Hall. They are open to the public. It is a family setting as kids and teens are also invited to learn to dance and apprecia ...[Read More]

Blues Room

244 Lafayette Street Baton Rouge, LA 225-334-7663 Blues Room FaceBook page New York Time Article- January 15, 2015

Phil Brady’s

4848 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 225-927-3786 Oscar “Harpo” Davis at Phil Brady’s 2010