Plenty of family and friends will be in attendance at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on Friday for Hayes’ south Louisiana homecoming.
He pronounces himself “stoked” about the show, and the cause it benefits.
Much of the audience consisted of radio programmers and other music industry guests flown in by Atlantic.
Friday will be his first headlining New Orleans concert with his full stage production, the first since he transitioned from cute Cajun novelty to bonafide, bankable adult star, his childhood videos notwithstanding.
“Those experiences led me to where I am now,” he said.