Revisiting Double Bayou Dancehall   1 comment

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Pete Mayes@Double Bayou-2-B&WVideoing The Show — Images by kenne

A few miles south of Anahuac in the African-American village of Double Bayou, “the Place,” as it’s known locally, is a ramshackle but friendly Texas original set amid swampy, Spanish moss-draped live oak woodlands near Trinity Bay. Blues Legend Pete Mayes and members of his family-owned and operated this hyper funky juke joint — the oldest blues bar in Texas — from the 1940s till it was destroyed by Hurricane Ike, September 2008. (Mayes passed away in December of 2008.)

Mayes would host big parties here on special occasions and some holiday weekends — at these events, the musicians cook up T-Bone Walker-style blues on stage, while outside on the front lawn, local men in cowboy duds smoke brisket and local women offer homemade pecan, lemon meringue, and sweet potato pies. Source: Houston Press

— kenne

Posted June 24, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

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