Tina Turner Tribute starring Anais St. John - FRIDAY NOV 24
I’m telling her story and bringing her music to life in my way, St. John said.
I’m not trying to copy her. You can’t.
Once a popular spot on the Chitlin Circuit, Bay Saint Louis locals recall seeing Ike and Tina Turner on stage at the 100 Men Hall in the 1960s. This show does not include Ike, it is purely TINA. St. John will present the songs more or less in chronological order. The show’s first half is devoted to early rhythm & blues material from the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, including “Nutbush City Limits,” “Sexy Ida,” “Bold Soul Sister,” “A Fool In Love” and “Rock Me Baby.” In the second half, St. John moves on to Turner’s latter-day solo hits, including “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Private Dancer” and a finale of “Proud Mary."
Rachel Dangermond, owner of the 100 Men Hall, said, “Anais played to a sold out Tribute to Donna Summer show during our Rise of the DJ/Disco weekend in June, and the audience has begged me to bring HER (St. John) back asap! We cannot wait to have Anais back on stage with her fellow musicians, and to do it this year is so important. We were all sadden to hear of Turner’s passing on May 24, 2023.
The tribute features New Orleans’ artist Anais St. John, an American musician, musical educator and dramatic performer. Originally a mezzo-soprano with the New Orleans Opera, as a solo artist she combines jazz, blues and R&B, drawing inspiration from artists like Irma Thomas, Germaine Bazzle, Eartha Kitt and Lola Falana.
There will be soul food for purchase by Big Bertha’s Kitchen and Catering. Bertha began cooking at four years old and knew at 18 years of age that food was her passion. Bertha and her family owned a full-service restaurant in Slidell, and seven years ago she came to Bay Saint Louis to start her own catering company, Big Bertha’s Kitchen and Catering. Her specialty is soul food, which is why flavor is her main ingredient. The 100 Men Hall’s membership organization, 100 WOMEN DBA, has a mentorship program to uplift women of color in business in Hancock County – Big Bertha is our a star mentee!
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The iconic and historic 100 Men Hall was founded in 1894 by 12 civic-minded African American Bay Saint Louis residents whose goal was to “assist its members when sick, bury its dead in a respectable manner, and knit friendship”. The Hall now owned by Rachel Dangermond, grew to become a robust performance venue included on “the Chitlin Circuit”, an historic nationwide network of performance spaces, and a stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail map.