Dancehalls in Rapides Parish

Levin’s Hall

Levin’s Hall

Newspaper mention about a dance there: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82003389/1884-04-19/ed-1/seq-3/

Little Club

Little Club

Masonic Drive & Texas Ave.- “Meet your friends at the Little Club- Think Nothing of it- You buy the beer and I’ll listen” Claude Luno, Owner

Old Barn Dance

Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge :Family atmosphere with no liquor sold. Country fiddler Eddie Raxsdale played the first fiddle tune there to reopen it in 1971 and the last fiddle tune, “Sweet Bunch of Daisies” to close it in 1984. From Louisianafolklife.org: “In 1970 Troy and his wife, Edwina, took over the operation of the Old Barn Dance, ...[Read More]

Rendezvous

Rendezvous

907 Second Street, “The largest stage bar in the South- continuous entertainment- Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer- Dine, Wine, and be Entertained”

Club 20

Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge: Country fiddler Bob Henderson played there with Matt and Smiley Bennett in 1951. The club was on Highway 1. From Louisianafolklife.org: “In the early 1950s, Herman on guitar and his brother who had taken up fiddle began playing country music shows at theaters and schools. Gradually, the band grew to an eight-piece band ...[Read More]