Remembering Independence Hall in B.R.

Remembering Independence Hall in B.R.

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Jess Wandering

AOL

#1 Jul 9, 2009
During the 1960s, Independence Hall stood next door to the White House Inn across from the old Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and the lake behind the State Capitol. The concert hall (and the hospital, for that matter) has long since been demolished, but I still have fond memories of going to hear some of the day's most popular bands. Due to a number of reasons I won't go into in a public forum (but remember, it was the 1960s), some of my memories are a bit hazy. I distinctly remember, though, going to see Three Dog Night, Alice Cooper, Dr. John, Brownsville Station and Steppenwolf there and hoped others who remember the place could help refresh my memory as to the other bands who performed there and would be willing to share their stories with the world of Topix. I'm still an avid concert-goer and wish tickets were still the $5 or $6 they were back then. Many, many other bands did concerts at the old building, including what may be the strangest lineup in American concert history, Jimi Hendrix opening for The Monkees, although I've only been told about that show and didn't see it myself.
BH Bud

Baton Rouge, LA

#2 Jul 11, 2009
Donovan - I had a friend who worked with the promoter Montel Productions and I was able to go back stage on break and meet Donavan - great memories!
JMD

Baton Rouge, LA

#3 Aug 18, 2009
I have memories of Independence Hall. But mostly in the 70's. The first concert I ever attended was Dr. John,then there was Blue Oyster Cult, Black Oak Arkansas, Im trying to remember, I have all my ticket stubs in the attic in a scrapbook, makes me want to find them. I would love to find someone with a picture of the hall.
Patti

Baton Rouge, LA

#4 Oct 6, 2009
JMD wrote:
I have memories of Independence Hall. But mostly in the 70's. The first concert I ever attended was Dr. John,then there was Blue Oyster Cult, Black Oak Arkansas, Im trying to remember, I have all my ticket stubs in the attic in a scrapbook, makes me want to find them. I would love to find someone with a picture of the hall.
SJ Montalbano is looking for Independence Hall memorabilia. Look him up on facebook.com
Marc

Prairieville, LA

#5 Dec 4, 2009
Wow...this got me to looking thru my old photos. Found Dr. John and Wet Willie, Wishbone Ash and Camel, Charlie Daniels, Robin Trower with Golden Earring, Dan Fogelburg, Marshall Tucker and Grinderswitch ...somewhere I have a tape of Kris Kristofferson playing Independence Hall, with then Gov. Edwin Edwards in the audience...
Also remember Ted Nuggent and Amboy Dukes playing.
John Mayall also.

Does anyone else remember Nuggent and Amboy Dukes playing the old Hart Theater...in a midnight concert, on Mother's Day, 1974???
Yes those were the days!!$5 tickets! Small Halls. Great Music! I feel for today's Kids...

Since: Mar 09

Baton Rouge, LA

#6 Dec 5, 2009
Marc wrote:
Wow...this got me to looking thru my old photos. Found Dr. John and Wet Willie, Wishbone Ash and Camel, Charlie Daniels, Robin Trower with Golden Earring, Dan Fogelburg, Marshall Tucker and Grinderswitch ...somewhere I have a tape of Kris Kristofferson playing Independence Hall, with then Gov. Edwin Edwards in the audience...
Also remember Ted Nuggent and Amboy Dukes playing.
John Mayall also.
Does anyone else remember Nuggent and Amboy Dukes playing the old Hart Theater...in a midnight concert, on Mother's Day, 1974???
Yes those were the days!!$5 tickets! Small Halls. Great Music! I feel for today's Kids...
Was it the Hart Theatre or the Gordon Theatre? I remember concerts held at the Gordon. I saw John Prine at the Gordon= those were the days! I worked at the Hart Theatre in high school and the year out of high school (1966).
Saul Goode

Baton Rouge, LA

#7 Mar 8, 2010
I remember Independence Hall very well. My first concert was Steppenwolf in '68, I still have the ticket stub. James Gang ticket was $4. Bob Seger, Cactus and Druid, the poster had a pic of Santa Claus pointing a revolver to his head with the caption "Blow You Brains Out This New Year's Eve With..." I had never heard of the opening act, but the ticket stub bills in this order...Blue Oyster Culp (Culp printed on the stub, not Cult), New York Dolls & Kiss. Foghat, Marshall Tucker, Creedence, Brownsville Station, Robin Trower, Rory Gallagher, MC5, ZZ Top, Humble Pie, 3 Dog Night, Wishbone Ash,...on and on. Anyone remember Potliquor at I.H.?(or The Lakeshore, or Colonel's Club?)

Marc & BH Bud, I'd bet the farm that the Amboy Dukes show was at the Paramount, I was there, they played Independence Hall. too
Saul Goode

Baton Rouge, LA

#8 Mar 8, 2010
Independence Hall; BTO/Hydra,$5: 1974, Bob Seger, Cactus, Druid,$4: 12/26/72; J. Geils,$5.50:9/8/73; Humble Pie,$5 3/20/75; Joe Walsh,$6: Marshall Tucker Band & Captain Beyond,$6, Robin Trower,$5: 5/22/75; Focus & Joe Walsh (billed) 9/8/73,$5; Steely Dan,$5 9/16/73; Rare Earth $4, 7/30/72; James Gang,$4, 7/17/72, Uriah Heep $6, 1973; Blue Oyster Culp(sic) New York Dolls, Kiss,$5: 1974, Trapeze,$5,10/9/72; Wishbone Ash,$5: 1/10/75; Wet Willie & Dr. John,$5: 2/2/75. ZZ Top,$4; 11/5/72. Many more memories w/o stubs
Alley Oop

Baton Rouge, LA

#9 Apr 23, 2010
Caveman signal, Hendrix concert with Soft Manchine
in 68? At Independence Hall. Otis Redding, The
Barkays and Five Stairsteps in 67 I think.
Mystery: why demolish a theater that size, what
was the reasoning. I've heard five thousand seats,
but that sounds like an awful lot. Was it really
that big? Yes Montel was the big deal back then.
Jmacaroon

AOL

#11 Jun 14, 2010
Saw my first concert there , was 12, saw Mark Lindsey(sans Raiders) singing Cherokee people, saw Dr John,the Night Tripper, got full of "Voodoo Dust" that was a blast.Saw Dr. Hook( I was screaming for a cig from Ray Sawyer and he gave me one, stupid me started smoking it, I did save the butt for years, dropped that nasty habit early Thank God)I would go running around the hotel after the show trying to find the bands, never did see anyone though.I am sure I saw others play, didn't keep stubs dumb me.
Woodsman

Frisco, TX

#12 Jun 15, 2010
Saul Goode wrote:
I remember Independence Hall very well. My first concert was Steppenwolf in '68, I still have the ticket stub. James Gang ticket was $4. Bob Seger, Cactus and Druid, the poster had a pic of Santa Claus pointing a revolver to his head with the caption "Blow You Brains Out This New Year's Eve With..." I had never heard of the opening act, but the ticket stub bills in this order...Blue Oyster Culp (Culp printed on
the stub, not Cult), New York Dolls & Kiss.
Foghat, Marshall Tucker, Creedence,
Brownsville Station, Robin Trower, Rory
Gallagher, MC5, ZZ Top, Humble Pie, 3 Dog
Night, Wishbone Ash,...on and on. Anyone
remember Potliquor at I.H.?(or The
Lakeshore, or Colonel's Club?)

Marc & BH Bud, I'd bet the farm that the Amboy Dukes show was at the Paramount, I was there, they played Independence Hall.
too
The Potliquor shows were great!!! I enjoyed many sets at the jay club on Tom drive in the mid seventies. Also enjoyed local favorites Charly Pappy and Isosolies Popsicle! But IH really brings back the memories. Great musical time for all of us to experience!!
Woodsman

Dallas, TX

#13 Jun 22, 2010
Saul Goode wrote:
Independence Hall; BTO/Hydra,$5: 1974, Bob Seger, Cactus, Druid,$4: 12/26/72; J. Geils,$5.50:9/8/73; Humble Pie,$5 3/20/75; Joe Walsh,$6: Marshall Tucker Band & Captain Beyond,$6, Robin Trower,$5: 5/22/75; Focus & Joe Walsh (billed) 9/8/73,$5; Steely Dan,$5 9/16/73; Rare Earth $4, 7/30/72; James Gang,$4, 7/17/72, Uriah Heep $6, 1973; Blue Oyster Culp(sic) New York Dolls,
Kiss,$5: 1974, Trapeze,$5,10/9/72;
Wishbone Ash,$5: 1/10/75; Wet Willie & Dr.
John,$5: 2/2/75. ZZ Top,$4; 11/5/72. Many
more memories w/o stubs
Unbelievable!! You have a true treasure, my friend!!!!!
ESS

New York, NY

#14 Aug 7, 2010
Concerts i went to and have most all stubs:
1. April 21, 1973 - Wishbone Ash and Vinegar Joe (Argus tour)
2. August 27, 1973 - Dr. John and Lee Pickens Group (Right Place Wrong Time tour)
3. Sept. 8, 1973 - Joe Walsh & Barnstorm, Focus, and REO Speedwagon
4. Sept. 16, 1973 - Steely Dan, Potliquor, and Gladstone (Can't Buy a Thrill tour)
5. Dec. 16, 1973 - Rare Earth, Buddy Miles, and Skurow
6. Jan. 13, 1974 - Black Oak Arkansas, Duke Williams Express ( Raunch n Roll tour)
7. May 30, 1974 - BTO and Hydra
8. July 16, 1974 - Blue Oyster Cult, New York Dolls, and introducing KISS
9. Sept. 17, 1974 - Lynyrd Skynrd and Grinderswitch (Second Helping tour)
10. Jan. 10, 1975 - Wishbone Ash and Camel
11. May 22, 1975 - Robin Trower and Golden Earring (For Earth Below tour)
What a venue!!!

Woodsman_1

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#15 Aug 7, 2010
ESS wrote:
Concerts i went to and have most all stubs:
1. April 21, 1973 - Wishbone Ash and Vinegar Joe (Argus tour)
2. August 27, 1973 - Dr. John and Lee Pickens Group (Right Place Wrong Time tour)
3. Sept. 8, 1973 - Joe Walsh & Barnstorm, Focus, and REO Speedwagon
4. Sept. 16, 1973 - Steely Dan, Potliquor,
and Gladstone (Can't Buy a Thrill tour)
5. Dec. 16, 1973 - Rare Earth, Buddy Miles, and Skurow
6. Jan. 13, 1974 - Black Oak Arkansas, Duke
Williams Express ( Raunch n Roll tour)
7. May 30, 1974 - BTO and Hydra
8. July 16, 1974 - Blue Oyster Cult, New York Dolls, and introducing KISS
9. Sept. 17, 1974 - Lynyrd Skynrd and
Grinderswitch (Second Helping tour)
10. Jan. 10, 1975 - Wishbone Ash and Camel
11. May 22, 1975 - Robin Trower and

Golden Earring (For Earth Below tour,

What a venue!!!
I wish I had saved all of mine!
Thought those days of amazing innovation would last forever.
Saul Goode

Baton Rouge, LA

#16 Aug 22, 2010
This is my 3rd try at posting this. Does anyone remember a show fron the early 70's with Fleetwood Mac, Rory Gallagher and Potliquor? This show came up for discussion in Smiley Anders' column in the Advocate recently, about the Fleetwood Mac lineup for that show (pre Stevie Nicks, et al). I was there with my 2 brothers, and it is our recollection that the late, great Rory Gallagher was the headliner for that show. I remember that he opened with "Laundromat" then "Messin With the Kid." I remember that he played "Coulda had Religion" and "Garbage Man." Am I wrong or right? Anybody gotta date for that show?
loves accent

San Antonio, TX

#17 Aug 23, 2010
all i know is that i love to hear ladies from BR talk and speak
most soothing accents in the south are from BR ladies

Woodsman_1

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#18 Sep 10, 2010
For those who would like a quick fix of Pot Liquor and those who have never heard, try a YouTube search.
A few of the tunes:
Cheer(man, I still love that)
Levee Blues
Mr. President

I'm going to re-buy all of this great music tomorrow!
Casper Roos GE Research

Hillegom, Netherlands

#19 Nov 13, 2010
BH Bud wrote:
<quoted text>
Was it the Hart Theatre or the Gordon Theatre? I remember concerts held at the Gordon. I saw John Prine at the Gordon= those were the days! I worked at the Hart Theatre in high school and the year out of high school (1966).
Looking for pictures, ticket scans and any info on the show for Robin Trower with Golden Earring. If you can help please e-mail me: [email protected]
http://members.ziggo.nl/casper.roos/1970stour...
Casper Roos GE Research

Hillegom, Netherlands

#20 Nov 13, 2010
ESS wrote:
Concerts i went to and have most all stubs:
11. May 22, 1975 - Robin Trower and Golden Earring (For Earth Below tour)
What a venue!!!
ESS could you make a scan for me of this ticket?

Casper Roos
Golden Earring Research
ESS

United States

#21 Nov 16, 2010
Casper Roos GE Research wrote:
<quoted text>
ESS could you make a scan for me of this ticket?
Casper Roos
Golden Earring Research
I have this stub and it shows: May 22, 1975, Idependence, Baton Rouge, and Robin. It also shows that I wrote Trower under Robin and I wrote Golden Earring above the word Independence.:-(
I obviously didn't know any better but I wrote that at the time to help me remember when I got this old! Let me knowif you still want a scan and where to email.

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