100 Men Hall D.B.A.

303 Union Street

Bay St Louis, MS 39520

Phone: (415) 336-9543

The 100 Men Hall D.B.A was purchased by Rachel Dangermond and her son, Constantin "Tin" Dangermond July 2018. Now operating as a nonprofit, music venue, multipurpose hall rental, and community space. The Hall seats 200-225 people with standing room for 400 people.

The 100 Men Hall is a 501c3 nonprofit.

Facility Info
  • Description 100 Men Hall is available for meetings, weddings, receptions, and special occasions! Call for rental fees!
  • Total Sq. Ft. 3500
  • Number of Rooms 1

The 100 Men Hall will host a musician's benefit and second line in honor of Isaac J. "Guitar Bo" Darensbourg (11/18/1937-06/19/2019).

Like many musicians and performers who enrich the community's lives with talent and skill, Guitar Bo's funeral expenses exceed his family's resources. Guitar Bo was honored earlier this year in a mural on the side of the 100 Men Hall where he played frequently with his earlier bands (the Claudettes Combo in the early sixties), and with his wife, Ms. Dee.

The 100 Men Hall was built by the African American community in the late 1800s with the purpose of raising money to bury the dead in a respectable manner. Please join us for a benefit fundraiser to raise the burial funds needed for Guitar Bo's family and to celebrate his life with a second line.

Time and more details to be announced. If you are a musician and would like to participate in the benefit, please contact 100MenHall@gmail.com


The Bitter Southerner writes: Lily Keber’s feature-length documentary, “Buckjumping,” will take filmgoers deep into more than a half dozen New Orleans neighborhoods, where second-line parades boost the spirits and bring communities together in a way that happens nowhere else.

Lily is a filmmaker and educator based in New Orleans. Her award winning directorial debut, Bayou Maharajah, will be screened at the 100 Men Hall’s first annual Booker Fest debuting August 30/31, 2019. Lily’s second feature documentary Buckjumping premiered in October 2018 to the largest audience ever assembled at the New Orleans Film Festival. 

Keber has produced for Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, and Preservation Hall. Her films have covered the Department of Homeland Security's policy of family detention, prison conditions in Gaza and the deteriorating environment of the Gulf Coast. Her work has appeared on ARTE, HBO, MTV News, Time, Al-Jazeera English, Democracy Now!, Sundance DocClub, Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Electronic Intifada and PBS. 

Food will be for purchase by Food Network’s Chef Chris Hayes of The Smoking Oyster whose food and recipes have been winning awards in New Orleans and around the country. 

Tickets for Buckjumping benefit both the 100 Men Hall, a 501c3 nonprofit as well as the distribution of the documentary, Buckjumping. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here: https://the100menhall.com/products/buckjumping or $15 at the door. All tickets will be at Will Call.

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.

Friday, August 30th

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
4pm - Local readings and reminisces about Booker
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. 

Food for purchase by Chef Chris Hayes from the Smoking Oyster.