Where else would you find a Gospel Brunch in the morning AND live Zydeco music at night in the same venue: Bull Durham's Playhouse, of course.
Perhaps because it was Mardi Gras weekend, a $10 cover charge admitted us for the evening. Once inside we were treated to Scott Walker, whose music was billed as 'Rockin' Texas Country' style. Jean Pierre & the Zydeco Angels entertained for the rest of the evening (picture 2). The evening's live music had the room hopping and couples doing the Texas two-step!
Instead of paying the wait staff for food, drinks or adult beverages, tickets had to be purchased at a small booth by the door and were used for these items.
The King of Mardi Gras was present at a large table in the center of the room with his friends and frequently made an appearance in front of the stage to toss sparkly bead necklaces or colored dubloons to the audience (see customs tip). He was truly enjoying his duties and seemed like a good-hearted fellow.
The crowd was a well-behaved and friendly group of people, enjoying the music and conversation. We enjoyed the evening very much!
Diamond Bessie’s Saloon & Dance Hall - well what can I say, the sign caught my eye:-) I didn't go in but its description is 'Authentic turn of the century saloon. Great food and good times. Dine, drink and dance in historic Jefferson. Wednesday thru Sunday 11:00 a.m. - till... Live entertainment on weekends.'
Diamond Bessie was a native New Yorker who once worked for a while as a prostitute in New Orleans and Hot Springs. She arrived in Jefferson in January 1877 with her partner, Abraham Rothschild. Just a few days later she was discovered in the woods nearby, murdered. Her partner, Rothschild was fight charged with the crime. The court fights that followed became probably one of the most famous trials of the time. Rothschild was eventually cleared of the crime but the case was never solved and the murderer never found.