El Dorado Ballroom
Located in the center of the 3rd Ward, this ballroom is where many famous musicians came through. This cultural landmark was once the center of one of the most celebrated musical communities in America, where legends such as B. B. King and Count Basie performed and local stars like Sam "Lightning" Hopkins, Albert Collins, Conrad Johnson, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Johnny Clyde Copeland, and Joe Hughes all lived and performed within a few blocks of each other. From 1939 'til the early 1970s, the El Dorado Ballroom was the club in town for the ultimate in blues and jazz performances.
Within the last several years, nearby Project Row Houses has taken the club from neglect to restoration which includes fascinating archival photographs on the wall. It’s a great historic site to visit and there are concerts on occasion which transport you to a bygone era. "The Eldorado Ballroom made us feel like we were kings and queens" recalls blues vocalist Carolyn Blanchard. "We always held our heads a little higher after leaving the El Dorado."