Monday, February 28, 2011

Calanthean Temple Roof Garden dance on Texas Avenue, 1936: Bert Benton and His Original Night Hawks

From historian and music maven Chris Brown comes this poster from the files of the Shreveport Sun.

Brown writes, "Advertisement for Bert Benton and His Original Night Hawks performing at the Calanthean Temple Roof (April 13, 1936). Promoter: Ike McKinney. City: Shreveport, Louisiana.

'Opening dance' likely refers to the first dance of the season. According to Shreveport Sun articles, dances were hosted at the Calanthean Roof as early as 1930. This is the earliest published advertisement for a dance at the Calanthean Temple that I've located.

Source: The Shreveport Sun (April 11, 1936)."

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