Herman Fuselier is the music and entertainment writer for the Daily Advertiser and Times of Acadiana. Fuselier has contributed features to Offbeat Magazine, Oxford American, Living Blues, and other national publications. He’s written CD liner notes for Lil’ Nate, Leon Chavis, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Beau Jocque, Jeffery Broussard, and the World Music Network of Australia. He has been interviewed for cultural stories done by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and more.
3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 5
Ghosts of Good Times
4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Ghosts of Good Times: Louisiana Dance Halls Past and Present
Ghosts of Good Times: South Louisiana Dance Halls Past and Present examines a world of Cajun dance halls, Zydeco clubs, Chitlin’ Circuit R&B night clubs, Swamp-Pop Honkytonks and other venues that at one time were prevalent throughout the region. Photographs by Philip Gould blend architectural imagery of buildings still standing with historic photographs of the clubs that he took in their heyday. Herman Fuselier and other writers provide a rich selection of historic accounts and essays about their personal experiences in the clubs.
The book also examines the dance hall scene today and how the venues have changed. The music following remains strong and people still come to dance. The surviving old dance halls and newer venues are still in full swing. Old or new, they are icons, a proud south Louisiana legacy of Good Times.
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