BOOKER FEST

Every year, on Labor Day Weekend, 100 Men’s Hall hosts Booker Fest, a three-day performance festival. Booker Fest is 100 Men Hall’s premier fundraiser event, celebrating the one-of-a-kind, greatest piano player the region has ever produced, James Carroll Booker III. Born in New Orleans and raised in Bay Saint Louis by his aunt, James Booker learned to play piano here. Every Labor Day weekend, Booker Fest draws over 400 visitors from around the region, nationally, and even internationally to celebrate three days of the legacy of the musical genius who mentored performers such as Dr. John and Harry Connick, Jr.

The epitome of Crescent City keyboard artistry, James Booker is known by many nicknames — the greatest New Orleans pianist, the Black Liberace, the Piano Pope, the Piano Prince, the Bayou Maharajah. Dr. John called Booker, "The best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans [and Bay Saint Louis] has ever produced."

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The Bayou Maharajah

Lily Keber's documentary explores the many sides of James Carroll Booker III. Film is shown the week of Booker Fest.

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Booker Fest

Booker Fest, a three-day performance festival, is 100 Men Hall’s premier fundraiser event, celebrating the one-of-a-kind greatest piano player the region has ever produced, James Carroll Booker III, born in New Orleans and raised in Bay Saint Louis by his aunt, learned to play piano here. Every Labor Day weekend, Booker Fest draws hundreds of visitors from the region, national and internationally to celebrate three days of the legacy of the musical genius who mentored performers such as Dr. John and Harry Connick, Jr.

Summer Blues Brunch Series

The 100 Men Hall hosts a Second Sunday Summer Blues Brunch series that brings in the best of the Blues on stage along with a delicious brunch for purchase by different regional chefs. The Blues Brunch is a perfect cap off to a long weekend on the Coast.

The Writing Room

The Writing Room happens every 2nd Saturday from 10-1PM, led by novelist and arts activist Ellen Morris Prewitt in the famed 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis. The cost is FREE. 

Ellen, writer-in-residence at the Hall, has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She’s a frequent speaker on writing and creativity and has conducted many writing workshops. 

Rock-N-Roux

Rock ’N’ Roux is held the 2nd Saturday in January and boasts tastings from the best chefs and gumbo cooks the country has to offer, while supporting a historical landmark with cool programming that elevates our community all while listening to some fabulous live music

SwampGrass Get Down

The Hall's Swamp Pop and Blue Grass get down is sure to have everyone out of their seats and on the dance floor. This event features Roots musicians, Cajun & Creole food, and a whole lot of fun to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Cigars Under The Stars

Fantastic folks team up for Cigars Under the Stars outside on the Hall's grounds. Pass Cigars has the smokes and accoutrements for purchase with all proceeds to benefit the Gulf Coast Veterans Association in honor of Veterans Day. Bourbon, whiskey, beer on tap, dranks, delicious food, great smokes in a serene coastal atmosphere. 

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration of our ancestors that happens every year on All Souls' Day, Nov 2. 

Prominent in Mexican culture, Día de los Muertos is a joyful time that helps to remember the deceased and celebrate their memory. Join us for mariachi music, community and family altars, dancing, Mexican cuisine and libations!

A Soulful Christmas

Santa Claus is coming to the 100 Men Hall, particularly Black Santa. A Soulful Christmas is held every 2nd Saturday in December from 9am to noon. 

Holiday fun for all ages, families are invited to bring children and their smartphones to the 100 Men Hall to snap a Christmas selfie with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy soulful holiday music and a hot breakfast, play reindeer games to win toys and prizes for the littles and the bigs! 

The Matzo Ball

The Matzo Ball is a delightful evening of Hanukkah and holiday live music, a plethora of menorahs to light, blessings and latkes, a matzo ball toss for a prize, and much much more.

Come light the menorahs with us and bring light into the darkness as we celebrate the most fun of holiday festivals!

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