Dancehalls in Evangeline Parish

Evangeline Club

Evangeline Club

From Facebook group “Cajun French Virtual Table Francaise”: Herman Miller: “(I) Remember going there in late 50’s. Had a low age set for entering, just pay at the door, and they stapled a ticket on your shirt collar. You could go in and get to the bar from the dance hall to get beer. The band had a singer and guitarist with missing fingers on his left hand however; still pl ...[Read More]

Fais Do Do

Possibly the annual Cotton Festival street dance: 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 ...[Read More]

Kit Kat Lounge

Posted to facebook by Kim Boyce Soileau- West side of town- rock & roll- checked IDs- popular early 1980s- Kids made fake ID to get in! It was a driver’s license with no picture & I changed the date year.

Rainbow Gardens Dancehall

Rainbow Gardens Dancehall

From “Images of America: Ville Platte”, Arcadia Publishing, 2014 by Jean Keisel and Jane Vidrine: “The Rainbow Gardens dancehall stood across the street from the courthouse. It was also known as the fais-do-do. The entrance fee was 25 cents when Octave Fuselier was the proprietor. Only soft drinks were available in the dancehall. Someone who wanted an alcoholic beverage had to le ...[Read More]

Rendezvous

Rendezvous

1636 W. Main Street: Was originally the Jungle Room- burned down in July 2013: http://www.katc.com/news/weekend-fire-destroys-iconic-ville-platte-restaurant/

Snook’s Bar & Dancehall

Snook’s Bar & Dancehall

Maurice Barzas and the Mamou Playboys Saturday night gig lasted 35 years after WW2, KBON Priscilla Alleman-Saturday night place: Hwy 22: by Teet’s Grocery

Club Rendezvous

Terry McDaniel: “I’m from Pine Prarie, which was somehow a dry ward in the 1950s. I was a regular patron at both the Evangeline Club and Club Rendezvous from 1956-64. My buddies and I would take dates to the Evangeline Club to dance, then we’d take them home and go to Club Rendezvous, where the girls had looser restrictions and hours. They were nice girls- but Club Rendezvous was ...[Read More]

Dilly Duck Club

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

Duff Martin’s Dancehall

Duff Martin’s Dancehall

In Deville Building: Newspaper reports of dancehall fire killing 28: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064250/1919-11-29/ed-1/seq-1/ Newspaper article concerning lawsuit of Duff Martin dancehall fire coverage: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064250/1920-03-20/ed-1/seq-5/ 28 people died in a fire on November 22, 1919: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064069/1919-11-27/ ...[Read More]