A string of green, gold and purple flags advertising beer hang from the ceiling around the band area. Grant Street Dance Hall. Laissez les bon temps rouler and grab your dancin’ shoes! Residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. We’re coming up on 60 years here–still family owned-and-operated.”. Old people who would sit and visit only speaking French–you could really learn a lot from them.”. (337) 232-3232 Madison Hall is a unique and stunning wedding venue that is considered by many to be one of Acadiana’s best kept secrets. A beacon of red and yellow neon appears reflecting in the smooth waters of a seasonally flooded crawfish pond that rests between the road and the club. The Liberation Band went into a James Brown song and the dance floor filled followed by a string of Henry’s own songs that kept the crowd at full attention and dancing. And his party at Grant Street was no exception, as he effortlessly tore through blues standards and R&B favorites, thrilling the crowd and inspiring dancing, from wild spinning to a slow drag. The windows could be propped open to allow for unrestricted airflow. For a list of weekly performers click here. They were open to anyone who could pay to enter, which allowed the evening’s entertainment to be frequently disrupted by arguments and fights about standing personal and family issues. Simply put, the Southern Club was the home of swamp pop. The crowd consisted of people from near and far, regulars and first time attendees. The music here varies from Cajun Zydeco, Rock, Bluegrass, Pop, Soul and everything in between. Phone (337) 981-7080. The outer walls have over a dozen sporadic rectangular holes at varying heights, once filled by window air conditioning units that were long ago stolen. Despite the basic steps, every couple makes it their own, adding personal flourishes and gestures until the basic underlying structure is not the primary focus anymore. (337) 228-2277 106 N Grant St, Lafayette, LA 70501 3.9K likes. They serve classic creole cooking, and does not disappoint. The decorative style is decidedly tropical, with the exterior walls featuring painted palm trees that are now almost engulfed by the live banana trees growing right in front of them. The weekly, acoustic, back-porch, Cajun Jam on Wednesdays starts at 9pm and is a great place to dance, listen and meet people from all over the world. Listen to the live music on 92.5 KVPI AM every Saturday morning! Capacity: 1000 Age Limit: 18 Bio: Grant Street Dancehall is a beautiful 100 year old brick and cypress honky tonk built originally as a fruit warehouse. Lafayette's premier all-inclusive event venue with 20 years of experience specializing in events. As the afternoon light begins to fade, the sky takes on muted tones of pink, orange, and blue, creating a picturesque backdrop for the band, which plays in front of a large picture window looking out over the Basin. In 1900, the large wooden-framed house that currently occupies this spot was relocated from downtown and, through the years, has served variously as a private residence and flower shop. In less than one month the doors were once again open for business. The hall is in close proximity to the culturally significant neighborhoods of City Hall, Chinatown, Little Italy … Grant Street opened its doors on the Fourth of July, 1980 with two (now) legendary south Louisiana bands gracing the stage that night, Red Beans & Rice Revue and the late King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier & his Red Hot Louisiana Band. He was also a sideman with Clifton Chenier for 10 years starting in the late ‘60s, followed by playing alongside  Rockin’ Dopsie and Buckwheat Zydeco. Booths along one wall are semi-circular and covered in vinyl. Past the bar on the left and through a set of double doors with porthole windows stands the main room. Over the course of the day, over eight hundred people came to honor La Poussière and witness it made whole again. World-class production services make the Elliott Hall of Music a great place to host banquets. Recently, musician and part owner of the record label Valcour Records, Joel Savoy brought a band he was working with to the Holiday for a drink after a recording session. Swamp pop songs, like Dale and Grace’s I’m Leaving It Up To You and Rod Bernard’s This Should Go On Forever, were so popular that they appeared on the U.S. pop charts. Clearly, it is easy to have a memorable time at Fred’s Lounge. It’s no wonder–the bands on the schedule are all crowd favorites–Creole legend Goldman Thibodaux, Swamp Pop crooner Warren Storm, zydeco headliners like Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie, classic Cajun groups like the Ray Abshire Band, as well as extremely popular younger groups like Bonsoir, Catin, The Revelers and Soul Creole all keep the dancers coming back for more. This cypress building, with its open rafters and wide planked floor, which has since been scarred by years of moving pallets and hand trucks across it, served as a warehouse of one kind or another until 1980, when it turned into a dance hall. Guitar gods Bill Kirchen, Dick Dale and AM radio royalty Susan Cowsill have all additionally performed several times on the crowded back porch. It functions as an event venue and Nightclub. Tate passed away in 1996 and a plaque honoring him is on the wall just outside the front door. Eugene hauls out the original jukebox from a back room for special occasions, like when patrons from the old days stop in. Regardless of the outside temperature, most dancers will be drenched in sweat before the night is over. Dancehalls, or les salles de danse, became popular in South Louisiana around the time of the Civil War. (337) 468-5411 Le Pavillon is Lafayette’s premier reception venue for weddings, receptions, corporate events, and more.Conveniently located in Parc Lafayette, Le Pavillon is next door to the Hilton Home 2 Suites, and near many stores and eateries. Many people have commented that even without signs, dancehalls were easily identified in the day by the large gravel parking lots and windows braced open to allow cooling and airing out before an event. Some of these fans featured a reservoir that allowed a trickle of water to drip onto a curtain of moss for maximum cooling effect. No matter the dance floor, be it your typical wooden floor, a concrete slab and even a patch of green grass in front of the stage, us Cajuns will find a way to dance on it. Held on February 2nd, the benefit–dubbed “The Welcome Home Celebration”–was a twelve-hour dancing marathon. One of Lafayette’s premiere cultural attractions, Vermilionville also boasts a dancehall. I love this place. PatsFishermansWharf.com. “When they put that neon on, they plugged it up and [the neon lit in motion] went from the middle to the outside. To the outside of the dance floor and beyond the posts on both sides of the room stand dozens of tables with hundreds of chairs stacked on top, all waiting to be dusted off and used again. As the club begins to get crowded, the band takes the stage. After traveling down the dark and dirty country roads, a lighted building appeared in the distance. hpbernardjr@yahoo.com. Folks were still arriving at midnight. His son, Dr. Tommy Michot, stated that bands occasionally played there in front of the screen either before or after the movies. A small dance floor fills one corner of the room. The contents of the CD jukebox trace the history of the club itself, with albums by blues icon Bobby Blue Bland, mid- 60s funk soul by Joe Tex, the latest offerings from nouveau zydeco artist Chris Ardoin, “Zydeco Boss”–Keith Frank, as well as no less than six albums by the evening’s entertainment, “Mr. Lil’ Buck wielded his guitar like a craftsman with a tool, never pausing to look around for reference–his hands knew exactly where they were and went to the next spot with ease and fluid motion. At some point in the evening, Sid, wearing a black cowboy hat, comes from behind the bar to visit all around. Highlights of that extensive list include Bonsoir Catin, Feufollet, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, the Pine Leaf Boys and Cedric Watson and Bijou Créole–all Grammy nominees. on DVD for $24.95 plus $3.00 shipping please mail a check to the address below. The windows were opened for air to flow freely and so that the music could be heard outside. Find the right Dance Studios, Schools, and Halls for your business. The dance halls website, which allows visitors to search dance halls by name, parish or city, is funded by the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission and invites public input. This is where lifelong memories are made—the work mounted here is on par with anything in New York's most revered venues. Another common feature of halls was a bleacher-style seating area for women. The Holiday Lounge’s exterior colors may all be bleached out by years of direct sunlight, but the interior is a world of vivid visuals untouched by time. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and Terrance Simien were also Blue Moon performers who won Grammys. After the addition of large fans, the dances became more popular until the growth of the dance crowds demanded that air conditioning be added. But the clubhouse of swamp pop, the Southern Club, still stands just outside Opelousas, a roadside monument to remind all of the good times that were once had there. Although Whiskey River doesn’t sell food, often a truck selling sausage poboys and hamburgers is parked right outside the front door (ask for the Jack Miller’s BBQ sauce)–helping dancers to keep their energy up and for others, something to soak up excess alcohol. Community page to document Louisiana Dancehalls, past and present. The Blue Moon now boasts an additional bar near the entrance and a deck complete with a seating area in the side yard, which is used for special events, such as wedding receptions, book signings and food service. Email Two : randols@aol.com . The ceiling features gold stars of various sizes, strands of Christmas lights and long fluorescent black light tubes. Camaraderie is created among those in attendance–drinking and dancing early on a Saturday feels a little like breaking the rules. ft. facility. Artists donating their time and talent to the cause included Jackie Callier and the Cajun Cousins, Geno Delafose and French Rockin Boogie, Cheryl Cormier and Cajun Sound, High Performance, Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. The regulars all say their good-byes–knowing they will see each other next week–same time, same place. You see, even though the Holiday was built for the younger crowd, I always liked hanging out with the older people and listening to French music. On one occasion, I saw a fisherman in overalls and white shrimp boots two-step with an imaginary partner all the way to the launch as his partner guided the boat to the dock. In keeping with Whiskey River tradition, patrons, mostly women, begin to climb up on the back bar for one final dance. Original owners Mike Hanisee and Loren Farmer booked a sure thing for the grand opening: Clifton Chenier and His Red Hot Louisiana Band as the headliner and the Red Beans and Rice Revue as the supporting act. feet of space including a beautiful 25' X 25' wood laminate dance floor. 3379883547. Wear your cowboy boots and move around the floor with locals who’ll teach you how to two-step and line dance all night long! Couples and singles arrive, mill about outside, greeting old friends and making new ones. Excitement”–Patrick Henry. (Off-campus students, commuters, and fraternity house residents do not have checkpoint access). It is so happy and festive here There is always a good band.