Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
Civic TheatreThu, Oct 17, 2013 7:00 PM Event Date Passed  
Civic TheatreThu, Oct 17, 2013 10:15 PM Event Date Passed  
Film Info
Release Year:2013
Runtime:93 min.
Type of Film:Documentary Feature
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lily Keber
Produced By:Lily Keber
Nate Kohn
Cinematography:David S. White
Editing By:Tim Watson
Aimée Toledano
BAYOUR MAHARAJAH: THE TRAGIC GENIUS OF JAMES BOOKER explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced." Keyboard Magazine described Booker as “Ray Charles on the level of Chopin.” Harry Connick Jr. called him “the greatest musician I’ve ever heard, period.” The Huffington Post described his music as “unrivaled.” The director of the Louisiana State Museum described him as “the strangest man I’ve ever known.” This roller coaster portrait traces Booker’s life from his early years as a chart-topping child prodigy, his star-studded years playing as a sideman, through to his outrageous solo career characterized by onstage performances in his underwear, dishing out drug-fueled conspiracy theories. Featuring interviews with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint and a generous helping of archival footage, the film brings to life the unforgettable story of this amazing musician.
Additional Information

Featuring special musical performances.

Sponsored by Concord Music Group, Downtown Development District, OffBEAT, and The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter.