Alexey Marti Heats Up Frida Fest
The 100 Men Hall presents Cuban percussionist Alexey Martí and his Latin band, Saturday, July 13, at 9PM till midnight for the Frida Fest After Party.
The After Party at the 100 Men Hall joins the increasingly popular Friday Fest now in its fifth year. People all over the Gulf South pour into Bay Saint Louis sporting uni-brows and flower crowns for the annual Frida Fest in Old Town Bay St. Louis. Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a famed surrealist painter from Mexico who became a feminist icon nearly 40 years after her death. Frida Fest, scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, is the brainchild of Smith & Lens owners Ann Madden and Sandy Maggio.
Alexey Martí will heat up the historic stage. Martí was born in Havana in 1975. He started playing congas in the home of his grandparents during Santería religious ceremonies and soon began studying percussion under the legendary Oscar Valdés, a former member of the Cuban supergroup Irakere, and one of the first to incorporate the traditional batá drums into modern Cuban jazz.
Martí moved to New Orleans in 2008 to study jazz composition at the University of New Orleans. He has since gotten married and settled in the Crescent City, becoming a much-beloved fixture on the local music scene.
He released his debut album, “Travesia” (“Crossing”) in 2017, which the writer Geraldine Wyckoff praised as “magnificent” in a review for OffBeat magazine. Martí followed up Travesia with “Mundo.”
Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased here: https://the100menhall.com/products/alexey-marti-heats-up-frida-fest. All tickets will be at WILL CALL. Tapas for purchase by Chef Chris Hayes of The Smoking Oyster.
Chef Chris is a Food Network star. After obtaining his culinary degree, Chef Chris worked at various restaurants and casinos, before relocating to New Orleans. Earlier this year, Chef Chris was named the winning contestant on Food Network's Cooks vs Cons. His recipes are featured in Louisiana Cooking Magazine and Road Tours Magazine.