2023 Potentate’s Ball

Hotel Information

We have secured rooms at the Aloft Tallahassee Downtown, just a few short blocks from the Temple.
The room rate is $169 per night and is inclusive of parking fees.
To book your room, CLICK HERE.


Please make reservations and pay for your tickets by mailing the names of your party and a check made out to:

Marzuq Shriners
Post Office Box 37130
Tallahassee, Florida 32315-7130

You may also make reservations and pay over the phone by contacting our main office at (850) 385-3010 or emailing us at office@marzuqshrine.org.


We are very excited to announce that Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton will be playing the 2023 Potentate’s Ball.

There is no better way to celebrate the mystical Delta Blues flavors, sounds, and experience than through the passionate blues music of Tallahassee’s living local legend, The Sauce Boss.

Known for his energetic music, signature hot sauce, and making his delicious traditional Gumbo during his set; everyone gets to enjoy a late-night snack that consumes the senses and leaves you feeling good as you don’t just listen to the blues…you experience the blues.

To learn more about Bill and his music, visit his website at: https://www.sauceboss.com/. To experience Bill’s majesty in person, get your tickets now for the 2023 Marzuq Potentate’s Ball!


No journey through or celebration of the Delta Blues would be complete without an incomparable meal. That’s why we couldn’t trust the job to just anyone.

Davey “Big Papa” Owens got started smoking delectable meats for team fundraisers for his children growing up. As the last of them graduated, coaches begged him to “stay in the game,” and 2nd Helpin Catering was born.

From there, Davey explored new ways to delight the senses and launched his Big Papa’s Fish Dip which is now available in several retail outlets. (and yes, it will be featured at our event!) Most recently, Davey opened Big Papa’s Chop House at 18 North Adams Street in Quincy.

With more than forty years of serving up some of the Delta’s best comfort foods, attendees of the 2023 Marzuq Potentate’s Ball are in for a real treat of catfish, smoked ribs, and all the fixins. You won’t want to miss out!

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