The 100 Men Hall is a federal 501c3 nonprofit and received grants from the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area and Coast Electric Round Up to create a cottage where musicians/artists could be in residence at the 100 Men Hall. The grants allowed the 100 Men Hall to complete furnishing the cottage on the property as an accommodation. The cottage also serves as an inspiring pied a terre for musicians/artists in need of a creative environment in which to hone their craft. (The "woodshed" of jazz legend.)
As the birthplace of a unique blues, R&B, and jazz groove, this National Heritage Area and historical landmark drew on the musical genius of the Mississippi Delta and the Hill Country to forge a unique and original form of music (especially when married to the modern sound coming from New Orleans). For African American musicians on the chitlin circuit, places like the 100 Men Hall fed their talent and their bellies. At the same time, their music helped replenish the funds that took care of a community in need.
The Hall continues the historical (almost "sacred") tradition of presenting live music. A Tin Shed residency is designed to offer musicians/artists a welcoming and supportive place to stretch out, to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, and learn more about their musical ancestors. The Hall could function either as a rehearsal/recording room or a live performance space for musicians working on upping their game.
The residencies are by invitation only. If you are interested in a residency, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay Saint Louis has a significant African American landmark and one of the rare standing buildings on the Mississippi Blues Trail in the 100 Men Hall. The Tin Shed allows the 100 Men Hall to invite musicians/artists from around the world to showcase this architectural and historical gem.
Photo credit: Ann Madden Photography