Buck and Johnny’s
100 Berard Street
Breaux Bridge, LA 70157
December 31. 2016
In my book, any establishment called Buck and Johnny’s deserves a visit. If you hazard a guess it’s about food or music or coffee and home made desserts you’d probably be in the ball park. As it turns out, this place offers up all of them.
My first visit is on December 31, 2016 at 11 AM. What I hadn’t counted on is that the place is in the former home of a now defunct auto dealership in Breaux Bridge, LA. And that this morning, it is ground zero for over 100 dancers pounding their feet and wiggling their butts (well, most of the women and some of the men) on the showroom floor to the beat of Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble.
If ever there was a time to let music be the soundtrack of a morning in your life, temporarily canceling out politics, terrorism, and fake news, this is it.
The whole area around Breaux Bridge, about 10 miles from Lafayette, is loaded with places that offer food and drink, feature live music, and in which, no matter what the size of the place, customers find room to dance. I don’t think any of these places used to have shiny new Ford or Chevrolets parked inside them.
People have been here since 8 AM (yes, AM) to dance. Some of them even sit down from time to time to order breakfast. In case you wonder, this is not just a holiday event. Buck and Johnny's hosts music Wednesday through Sunday every week.
A place right next door, Joie de Vivre, has a Cajun Jam Session every Saturday morning from 11 AM until 1:30 PM and offers live music during the week. After Curley Taylor finishes, many walk to Joie de Vivre to listen, eat, dance, or all the above.
A Zydeco Breakfast Dance happens every Saturday. People down here seem to define breakfast as something you do as well as something you eat. And today, there are scads of dancers here from all over the country. For them, celebrating the New Year is synonymous with dancing right through it. Buck and Johnny's hosts music Wednesday through Sunday every week.
This is their first stop. They’ll keep dancing till someone turns out the lights at one of the bars or dance halls sometime in the early hours of 2017.
Photos and Videos by Paul A. Tamburello, Jr.