Inaugural Booker Fest

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A new festival in Bay St. Louis kicked off over the weekend to celebrate the legacy of a famous local musician.

Booker Fest started on Friday and ran through Saturday night at 100 Men Hall. The inaugural event served as a fundraiser for the hall and honored legendary keyboardist James Booker, who had ties to Bay St. Louis and New Orleans.

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Festival-goers were able to hear reflections on Booker’s life, numerous musical acts, and view screenings of a documentary about Booker. 100 Men Hall Director Rachel Dangermond said, “I think he’s been often overlooked as one of the most brilliant musicians to come out of this area and certainly Bay St. Louis and he’s one of our own.”

Booker died in 1983 at the age of 43.

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