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North Gate Fest 2015 – Thank you!

The North Gate Merchants Association would like to thank all of those who contributed their time and their talents to help make the North Gate Music and Arts Fest 2015 - our tenth annual neighborhood festival - our biggest one yet. On Friday, October 23, 2015, the North Gates neighborhood and Chimes St. were transformed as musicians, restaurateurs, local artists, and thousands of attendees came together to celebrate the unique personality and culture of our historic, college-town district just outside of the North Gates of LSU.

Music this year was provided by Anna & Haley and TOAST from the Baton Rouge Music Studios, Captain Green, Ship of Fools, and Particle Devotion (formerly known as Gardens), which stepped in on very short notice for The Easy. The music was amazing all night long. Local jewelry maker Emily Annabelle Koro and twenty-four other local artists displayed and sold their beautiful artwork. Delicious food was served by neighborhood restaurants Louie’s Café, The Chimes, Barcadia, and State Bar. Entertainment was also provided by acro yogis from Acro by JRob, The Redstick Hoopers, the Baton Rouge Fire Guild, and balloon twister, Chris Pierce.

This year we partnered with local community radio station WHYR, 96.9 FM. Volunteers from WHYR helped us promote and run the festival, and they received a donation from the proceeds from the Fest. WHYR’s DJ Clay was fantastic as the emcee for the North Gate Fest this year. Please tune in and listen to WHYR and consider making a contribution to this great local non-profit radio station.

KLSU, LSU’s student-run radio station, played music from a DJ booth at the festival this year and also ran a Halloween costume contest as part of the Fest. Quite a few people came to the festival in costumes and winners won very cool prizes provided by KLSU.

Putting on this annual celebration of the North Gates community could not happen without the generous financial contributions of our sponsors. Please support our sponsors throughout the year to help us thank them for choosing to donate to the North Gate Fest. Our sponsors were The Chimes, Varsity Theatre, Louie’s Café, Tiger Manor Apartments, Raising Canes, Barcadia, Mahony’s Irish Pub, Newk’s, State Bar, WHYR, Abita Beer, KLSU, Crescent Crown, the Baton Rouge Music Studios, and Highland Coffees.

We will be back in October of 2016 with the 11th Annual North Gate Music and Arts Fest. We hope to see you there.

Featured Merchant:

You work all day, pay bills, eat salads and do all that other grown-up stuff; your “fun” shouldn’t be limited to trendy bars with long lines, dress codes and drinks you can’t pronounce.

Inner child, meet BARCADIA: ’50’s pin-up girls on the walls, The Cure playing in the background, LIFE-SIZE JENGA on the patio, and an entire wall of ‘80s ARCADE GAMES for a quarter. Oh wait…SKEEBALL machines, 5′ tall CONNECT FOUR, AIR HOCKEY, POP-A-SHOT, aaaaaand lest we forget …A Multitude of CRAFT BEERS on tap.

Our waitstaff is as friendly as pecan-pie, and check out our face-melting, award winning Curbside gourmet burgers, along with tasty apps, salad and sandwiches. Only thing missing is a nap-time towel … because you may not want to leave this place.


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