Dancehalls in Jefferson Davis Parish

Alcee Benoit’s Dancehall

Four miles South of Welsh: Mentioned in Newspaper: “Lent begins next Wednesday. Lovers of the Terpsichorean art can enjoy themselves by being present in the dance hall of Alcee Benoit’s on next Monday night.” http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1918-02-08/ed-1/seq-3/ Also held closing exercises of Oak Bayou School: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1919-05-17/ed-1/seq-7/ ...

Martin’s Hall

Dance with Crowley Colored Orchestra in The Rice Belt Journal, October 31, 1902 http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1902-10-31/ed-1/seq-8/ Newspaper item about “magic lantern show”and dance in The Rice Belt Journal, October 10, 1902 http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1902-10-10/ed-1/seq-8/ http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1905-01-27/ed-1/seq-5/ http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1906-11-02/ed-1/seq-5/ Church meeting there 1904: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064402/1904-01-22/ed-1/seq-1/ ...

Lake Shore Club

All photos by John Sharp except the 1964 bingo flyer from Facebook group Lafayette Memories by Michael Touchet “BINGO IN THE ANCHOR ROOM!” Owner was E.J. Ayo- Ernest Tubb played there 1971 Included in Emily Ardoin’s 2014 thesis “Fais do-do to ‘Hippy Ti-Yo’: Dance Halls of South Louisiana”: “The Lakeshore Club is a waterfront dinner club on Lake Arthur. The club primarily featured swamp pop music. The construction is brick and concrete masonry unit, the roof is side gabled and metal, the foundation is a concrete slab. The dance floor is composed of acoustic tile. There is a bar located in the same room as the dance floor. The building is currently vacant but in good shape. The integrity of the original building is fair. Some interior finishes have noticeably been altered, but 1950s bar and concrete screen in restaurant portion remain. Integrity of dance hall space unknown.” All photos by John Sharp except the 1964 bingo flyer from Facebook group Lafayette Memories by Michael Touchet ...

Shop Lounge

Closed lounge in a old oilfield workshop ...

Silver Dollar

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.” ...

T-George’s

George Conner: “Located on 26- 2nd red light on Left- glass repair shop on site now.” Fran Morton: “I lived in Lake Arthur, LA for a good long while. Sunday afternoon we all gathered at “T-George’s” dance hall. Ceiling maybe 8’3″, dance floor on 17 degree slant. Fun? Good really ole time Cajun gentlemen playing fiddle,squeeze box, fiddle and an occasional triangle.” ...

George’s 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.” mentioned in Today’s Cajun- Philip Gould- 1980 ...