Hollywood Theater Remembers Music Great With ‘Bayou Maharajah’

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On April 26th, the Hollywood Theater will present an exclusive screening of Bayou Maharajah, a film about one of music’s most colorful, and tragic characters.

The documentary from Lily Keber explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. A wild genius with a style that combined elements of rhythm-and-blues, jazz, ragtime and classical music, he gained the nicknames “Piano Prince of New Orleans”, “Black Liberace” and “Bayou Maharajah.” Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius.

Bayou Maharajah will screen at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.

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