100 MEN HALL
Booker Fest has been postponed.
BOOKER FEST will now take place December 3-5, 2021.
Bay Saint Louis, MS – The 100 Men Hall hosts its second annual Booker Fest to
celebrate the musical genius of James Booker. The festival
is sponsored by the Silver Slipper and features a rollicking good-time itinerary
that allows festivalgoers to enjoy a weekend of good music.
The Fest is an annual fundraiser for the maintenance and preservation of the 100
Men Hall and also to attract regional, national and international attention to this
African American landmark, one of the few standing buildings on the Mississippi
Blues Trail. The event happens Labor Day weekend in the historic district of Bay
Saint Louis at 100 Men Hall.
James Carroll Booker III (December 17, 1939 – November 8, 1983) was a New
Orleans rhythm and blues keyboardist born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Bay
Saint Louis, MS. Booker’s unique style combined rhythm and blues with jazz
Musician Dr. John described Booker as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie
piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”
Booker Fest is designed to bring awareness to one of the town’s most gifted
artists who played with the St. Rose de Lima gospel choir and on the historic
stage at the 100 Men Hall. Booker Fest will include a gospel tribute by the
esteemed St. Rose de Lima choir and a piano tribute by two of New Orleans piano
greats, Josh Paxton and Tom Worrell, spoken word by Sunni Patterson, a piano
night with Joe Krown Trio, a concert with Sunny War, Booker plus tunes spun by
DJ T Swan, a screening of Lily Keber’s acclaimed documentary on Booker, Bayou
Maharajah, ending with an outrageous Drag Brunch with Catastrophe,
Zamareyah, Latonia and Misty in Booker’s honor.
Booker Fest Schedule
Friday, Sep 3
7-9PM Joe Krown Trio
Saturday, Sep 4
11-12PM St. Rose Gospel Choir on 100 Men Hall’s historic stage.
12:30-2PM Booker piano tribute performed by New Orleans piano greats
Josh Paxton and Tom Worrell.
2:30-3:30PM Spoken Word – Sunni Patterson.
4-6PM Sunny War
6:30-8:30 – DJ T Swan
Sunday, Sep 5
10-1PM – Booker Drag Brunch with
Catastrophe, Zamareyah, Latonia & Misty