Booker Fest brings music, comedy, and drag to 100 Men Hall

Booker Fest 2022 starts Friday, Sept. 2nd and runs through Sunday, Sept. 4th.

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (GULF COAST WEEKEND) - The 100 Men Hall hosts its third annual Booker Fest to celebrate the musical genius of James Booker.

Born in New Orleans in 1939, but raised by his aunt in Bay St. Louis, James Carroll Booker III was a keyboardist whose unique style combined rhythm and blues with jazz standards. In his 20s, Booker worked with the touring bands of B.B. King and Aretha Franklin. He also played on the historic stage of 100 Men Hall and throughout the Bay.

In 1970, mysterious trouble led Booker to lose his left eye; afterwards he began to don an iconic eye patch. Musician Dr. John described Booker as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”

Booker Fest starts Friday, September 2nd at 7PM and ends on Sunday, September 4th. Below is the full schedule of events. Tickets can be purchased online at

Booker Fest Schedule

Friday, Sep 2nd

Saturday, Sep 3rd

Sunday, Sep 4th

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