Remembering Independence Hall in B.R.
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chinokid

Prescott, AZ

#22 Nov 17, 2011
I did see Wishbone Ash. Best live band I had heard at the time. Saw Paul Revere and The Raiders, Wet Willie, original Lynard Skynard, Vanilla Fudge.
Bayou_Bubba

Denham Springs, LA

#23 Nov 18, 2011
I also saw Paul Revere and The Raiders, Vanilla Fudge (got to go on stage with them after the show.. I think the Inn Crowd opened for them)Otis Redding, Lovin'Spoonful, 3-Dog Night, ZZ-Top (pre-beards), Fleetwood Mac, The Animals, Donovan, and Jimi Hendrix. I have a few old Kodak shots of him from that night if anyone wants, I can email them to you.
Probably saw some others that don't come to mind right now.
Saul Goode

Denham Springs, LA

#24 Jul 24, 2012
It's a damn shame this thread died
Bayou_Bubba

Denham Springs, LA

#25 Aug 18, 2012
Yes it is.
dd chapin

Gaithersburg, MD

#26 Nov 6, 2012
I came across this image of a Hendrix poster for the
7/30/68 show with Soft Machine as support... Makes me wonder if this bill also included the Monkees or whether that was a different show/tour....?
http://www.postergeist.com/posters/roll11/jim...
J Ed Benavente

Lutz, FL

#27 Feb 15, 2013
I have an interesting perspective when it comes to The WHite House Inn and Independence Hall. When I was 9 years old (January 1969), my father took a job as the hotel manager. Our family of six lived for nearly two years in two pent house's overlooking the hotel pool (those of you who remember the hotel may recall the "hour glass" shaped pool with a walking bride crossing the thin part).

Thing was, as part of his deal with the ownership, my old man ran independence hall and got the food concession at Independence Hall. He made it a family business, so, as the ripe age of 9 and 10, I got to work as many of the event and concerts I could (school permitting).

Any one who remembers Independence Hall might recall this strange design. It was built on a slope, with the entrance at the top of the rise. The theater seating was built on the downward slope (towards the river) to the floor and stage beyond. What this meant was the concession was on the right side of the floor, not under or behind the seating at most halls. Every Friday and Saturday night, and almost all summer, I enjoyed a perfect vantage watching wrestling, concerts, conferences, shows, etc. The place wal always booked.

I remember (and I was young) 3 Dog Night, Credence Clearwater Revival, James Brown, Joe Tex, Jefferson Airplane, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, and the list goes on, but the memory fades.

You see a lot of weird stuff that happens when you live in a hotel, and the WHI, across from the Capital Building and Governor's mansion, crossing with the night life of the Hall and that which washed upstream from NO, and you can only imagine the stories. What many don't know are the many undercurrents to what really is a river story that culminated in a terrible murder that occurred when we lived there.
EBRP Library

Zachary, LA

#29 Feb 28, 2013
Bayou Bubba -- The EBRP Library would LOVE copies of your photos for our Baton Rouge Room Digital Archive!! You can email copies to me at [email protected] or, if you're willing, we'd like to scan them for the best resolution.

Let me know, please!!

Emilie Smart
Reference Services Coordinator, EBRP Library
Bayou_Bubba wrote:
I also saw Paul Revere and The Raiders, Vanilla Fudge (got to go on stage with them after the show.. I think the Inn Crowd opened for them)Otis Redding, Lovin'Spoonful, 3-Dog Night, ZZ-Top (pre-beards), Fleetwood Mac, The Animals, Donovan, and Jimi Hendrix. I have a few old Kodak shots of him from that night if anyone wants, I can email them to you.
Probably saw some others that don't come to mind right now.
jjj

Seattle, WA

#30 Jul 3, 2013
saw: captain beyond, king crimson, joe walsh and barnstorm; focus
Glenn Pinell

United States

#31 Oct 22, 2013
Saw Kiss Blue Oyster Cult and the New York dolls There
Looney Cooney

Cypress, TX

#32 Mar 25, 2014
I saw Blue Oyster Cult with KISS and the New York Dolls as their backup bands. Didn't know anything about KISS before that night but 40 years later they are going into the R&R HOF. Love BOC however! The New York Dolls were bad bad bad.
Randy Anderson

Gonzales, LA

#33 Apr 26, 2014
Grew up in Gonzales (and stil live in Ascension Parish). Saw Jimi Hendrix in '68 (?) and had always remembered venue as "White House Inn". Didn't have a car but a friend of my aunt brought me. Wow! I worked at The Music Center (record shop) in Gonzales. Owner was weekend dj at WLCS in BR. The best music era!
Don B - Greenwell Springs

United States

#34 May 1, 2014
Wow, just stumbled across this thread looking for a picture of the place as I've reminisced lately about bands I saw during those days.
Ditto Randy Anderson (you should know who this is).
I won't remember all the bands and have tossed the ticket stubs over the years, but the ones I know I saw there are: The Who, ZZ Top (ditto pre-beards: blue jeans & cowboy hats), Trapeze, Wishbone Ash, Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac, Blackoak Ark, Rory Gallagher, Foghat, Focus, King Crimson, Humble Pie, and others I'm sure.
It seemed that Bob Seger was the opening band half the time back then (no matter where it was) and I remember thinking that for my money he put on a better show than many of the headliners. Perhaps he was putting more into it than the ones who were already famous, but he flat outperformed many of the bands I was paying to see. On a couple occasions like BTO in Mobile or some bunch of bands at City Park in New Orleans the only reason I went was because Bob Seger was in the lineup. When he finally broke big it was a pleasure to go see him as the main act a few years later.
Anyway, my #1 concert to this day is a toss up between The Who and the ZZ Top/Trapeze shows at IH. The power crapped out after Trapeze and there was a long delay b4 ZZ could take the stage but they played till after midnight to make up for it. I don't even remember who opened for The Who but they were incredible.
To Marc about Ted Nugent at the Hart theatre, I was there.
ZoeH

Baton Rouge, LA

#35 Aug 29, 2014
I remember attending concerts featuring James Brown and the Famous Flames, Joe Tex, Sam and Dave, Al Green, Johnny Sea, The Staple Singers, etc. Wow, what a feeling to have been in the presence of such R&B music royalty back then.

Since: Sep 14

Denham Springs, LA

#36 Sep 21, 2014
J Ed Benavente wrote:
I have an interesting perspective when it comes to The WHite House Inn and Independence Hall. When I was 9 years old (January 1969), my father took a job as the hotel manager. Our family of six lived for nearly two years in two pent house's overlooking the hotel pool (those of you who remember the hotel may recall the "hour glass" shaped pool with a walking bride crossing the thin part).
Thing was, as part of his deal with the ownership, my old man ran independence hall and got the food concession at Independence Hall. He made it a family business, so, as the ripe age of 9 and 10, I got to work as many of the event and concerts I could (school permitting).
Any one who remembers Independence Hall might recall this strange design. It was built on a slope, with the entrance at the top of the rise. The theater seating was built on the downward slope (towards the river) to the floor and stage beyond. What this meant was the concession was on the right side of the floor, not under or behind the seating at most halls. Every Friday and Saturday night, and almost all summer, I enjoyed a perfect vantage watching wrestling, concerts, conferences, shows, etc. The place wal always booked.
I remember (and I was young) 3 Dog Night, Credence Clearwater Revival, James Brown, Joe Tex, Jefferson Airplane, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, and the list goes on, but the memory fades.
You see a lot of weird stuff that happens when you live in a hotel, and the WHI, across from the Capital Building and Governor's mansion, crossing with the night life of the Hall and that which washed upstream from NO, and you can only imagine the stories. What many don't know are the many undercurrents to what really is a river story that culminated in a terrible murder that occurred when we lived there.
I was so glad to stumble across this thread and your post, in particular. I was a little older than you(early teens) but I saw those bands two! It seems like I saw Credence three times, Tommy James and the Shondels, Kenny Rogers and the 1st Edition (Kenny had black hair!) Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Blackoak Arkansas, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Tex, the memory definitely fades but I will always have the best memories of those times. I sat on the end of the bar for one of the Three Dog Night concerts and I was about 15 ft. from the band. It's an experience the kids now won't get in the huge venues they have now.
A family connection was in business Montel and my sisters and I went to dozens of concerts there for free.

Since: Sep 14

Denham Springs, LA

#37 Sep 22, 2014
Woodsman wrote:
<quoted text>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!!
Wow..I had forgotten Isosolies Popsicle, they were good! This is a lot of fun and brings back wonderful memories.

Since: Sep 14

Lafayette, LA

#38 Sep 30, 2014
Saul Goode wrote:
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?
I went to this concert but couldn't remember the date either, so I did a little research at the library. I found an ad for the concert in the Morning Advocate that gives the date as August 24, 1972 at 8:00pm. The cost was $4 in advance and $5 at the door. That ad lists Fleetwood Mac first with larger type, Pot Liquor next, and Rory Gallagher last. From the ad, I would say that Fleetwood Mac was the headliner, and that's how I remember it, too.
balk

United States

#39 Feb 16, 2015
Jess Wandering wrote:
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.
Steppenwolf and Hendrix both played in 1968 but Hendrix did not open for the Monkees. Go online and look up Jimi Hendrix Baton Rouge and you can see the poster of his 2 shows in one night,
WHcutter

Houston, TX

#40 Apr 14, 2016
I played with a band called the PHATONS. We opened concerts at Independence Hall for Herman's Hermits and Hello People. John Fred and the Playboys was also on the lineup for one of these concerts....circa 69 or 70. Anyone have pics or flyers?

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