Day long festival to mark re-opening of North Gate Tavern

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 7:00pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - A festival like no other is planned for this weekend, and it’s all to mark the grand re-opening of North Gate Tavern.

The little venue located on Chimes Street was bought out by new owner Dusty Cooper, Danny Moore (General Manager), and Josh McLin (Booking Manager). Together they have brought a fresh style that’s getting rave reactions from patrons. From fresh paint to new floors and bathrooms, the bar that’s changed names dozens of times is starting to look fresh again. With that new look also comes a new attitude.

“I bought North Gate Tavern a few months ago and I am really wanting to turn over a new leaf,” Cooper said when asked about the venue’s future. “It’s been neglected for quite some time and I have a really good idea where I want to take it. “

That new direction includes bringing more diversity to the roster of entertainment. Introducing patrons to the new look and attitude will be the re-grand opening beginning on Friday, Aug. 26 and continuing through Saturday, Aug. 27.

“We’re going to have nine bands and nine artists,” Blake Thomas, one of the co-organizers of the festivities to be held on Saturday, explained. “It’s an all day deal, not just the night.”

The idea to have a festival-like celebration began formations several months ago. After exploring possible venue options, Thomas took the idea to North Gate Tavern. That’s when General Manager Danny Moore gave Thomas and his partner, Carlie Cutrer, the green light to make the event part of the bar’s re-grand opening celebration.

The event has been named Karn-Evil – a play on words to fit with the less than mainstream style of music the bands will be performing.

"Some dress up, some wear make up, some scream the whole time and there's going to be just this big group of random people,” Cutrer said when explaining how they came up with the name for the event. “So when people see it, they’ll say, ‘Oh, it's kind of like a circus. I get it."

North Gate Tavern will open its doors for the re-grand opening event at noon on Saturday, Aug. 27. The bands are set to begin at 4:00 p.m. and will continue to rotate every hour.

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