Booker Fest to celebrate the musical genius of James Carroll Booker III and features a rollicking good-time itinerary that allows festivalgoers to enjoy the Hall as well as Bay Saint Louis.
James Carroll Booker III (December 17, 1939 – November 8, 1983), was born in New Orleans and raised by his aunt in Bay Saint Louis. Booker played with the St. Rose de Lima gospel choir and on the historic stage of 100 Men Hall. The festival will include a gospel tribute by the St. Rose de Lima choir and a piano tribute by New Orleans musicians, Tom McDermott and Josh Paxton, a screening of Lily Keber’s documentary on Booker, Bayou Maharajah, as well as readings and talks by Ellis Anderson of the Shoofly and locals who knew Booker. The event will close with a DJ dance party.
This is intended as 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 and its history.
8pm - Indoor screening of Lily Keber's Bayou Maharajahat 100 Men Hall. The definitive documentary of James Booker. Food for purchase.
Saturday, August 31st
10am - St. Rose Gospel Choir on 100 Men Hall's historic stage. Sponsored by Hollywood Casino
5om - Piano tribute performed by Tom McDermott and Josh Paxton
8pm - Outdoor screening of Bayou Maharajah
10pm - DJ dance party in the Hall. Food for purchase
There will be primitive camping allowed onsite of the 100 Men Hall.