HARLEM RENAISSANCE WEEKEND - Costume Gala
Berkley the Artist takes the stage on Saturday, February 4, 2023 for a musical tribute to the Harlem Renaissance legendary musicians. The Harlem Renaissance Gala is a costumed affair asking patrons to don their best imitation of a fashion that broke from tradition in Harlem empowering women to raise their hemlines and lower the necklines and adorn themselves with extravagant hair fascinators along with chandelier earrings, sparkly brooches and elegant fur collars. Zoot suits, silk shirts, pocket squares, Fedora hats, suspenders, and bow ties were all the rage for men. Tickets are $20.
Berkley the Artist is that passionate voice that silences a room. He is a sensational songwriter and professional vocal coach. The New Orleans bred artist grew up singing Gospel and Soul in his father’s church. Berkley’s musical prowness seamlessly merges classical, pop, r&b and hip-hop music into fresh, sexy and emotional records. He fills up the space in his music with striking vocals, golden melodies and a charm. Berkley is the champagne of the modern American soul-pop movement.
Saturday’s sounds of swing will mingle with the sweet aroma of food available for purchase from Big Boyz BBQ. According to Dangermond, Owner Rodney Beals has never met a stranger, and Beals’ “butt-master” barbecue is in his blood — he’s been at the grill since he was 11 years old. He first started serving the masses at his famed annual barbecue that happened every spring at New Orleans’ famed City Park.
Cash/credit bar available.
Bay Saint Louis’ iconic 100 Men Hall will continue its year-long Centennial Year Celebration with its third event, Harlem Renaissance Weekend, February 3-5, 2023.
The eclectic, three-day event will include a murder mystery dinner theater, costume gala, dance performance, the unveiling of an 80 x 58” painting commemorating the Harlem Renaissance by Ayo Scott, a craft cocktail creation by Taariq David, and a commemorative, letterpress poster created by Kennedy Prints.
February’s Weekend, says Dangermond, will continue to educate the general public about the amazing homegrown talent that sprung up from the African American community in this area. The weekend pays homage to Bay Saint Louis’ native Richmond Barthé, whose sculptures and paintings are considered among classic examples of Harlem Renaissance artistry.
The year-long celebration is made possible by a grant from the MS Coast National Heritage Area. All programming updates, activity dates, times and ticket prices, sales and availability can be found on the 100 Men Hall’s website – the100menhall.com