The 13th annual North Gate Fest will take place on historic Chimes Street at the North Gates of LSU on November 2, 2018. This music and arts festival, presented by the North Gates Merchants Association, will run from 4pm to 11 pm.
The North Gate Fest is the flagship event of one of the oldest areas of Baton Rouge. “It is important for us to highlight this important piece of Baton Rouge’s history. Our area, and others like it in Baton Rouge, provide a cultural depth and richness to our great city”, says Clark Cadzow, member of the North Gate Merchants Association (NMGA). The North Gate Merchants seek to remind festival goers of the diversity of the neighborhood from the first Raising Canes to Highland Coffees to The Varsity. Within walking distance of LSU, the North Gate area is frequented by LSU students, staff and faculty. The NGMA hopes to show citizens from other areas of the city that the North Gates are a great place for entertainment for them too. “A patron could come spend an entire evening here. They can have a home cooked meal at Louie’s, see great music at The Varsity, have a cup of coffee at Highland Coffees and even polish it off with dessert. All done within a safe environment”, states Clark.
This year’s festival will feature over 20 local artists, local performance artists, original live music and food. Musical entertainment on the Abita North Gate Fest Main Stage will be provided by outstanding original music artists; The Real School of Rock, WILD EYES, Motel Radio, Retro Fit, and Ms Mojo. We are thrilled to have nationally touring artist WILD EYES from Nashville on our Abita North Gate Fest Main Stage. New Orleans based Motel Radio will warm up festival goers with Rock and Folkin’ Roll. The soulful sounds of Retro Fit featuring members from Baton Rouge will get the crowd ready for the year’s headliner, Ms Mojo. Ms Mojo is fronted by two female singers whose funk ‘n’ soul will have the crowd dancing into the night. WHYR’s Clay Achee will keep the night running smoothly as the main stage emcee. In addition, our ever popular Singer/Songwriter stage will feature the best of the burgeoning Baton Rouge music scene, unplugged. Handcrafted, jewelry, art, and paintings will be available for purchase from local artisans. This year’s Artist Section will memorialize our long time artist coordinator, Emily Koro, who passed away this year. Food on the street will be provided by The Chimes and Louie’s Café. Visit the Abita/Crescent Crown Beer Truck for popular local craft brews.
Clark Cadzow sums it up, “We want people to appreciate the historical importance of the North Gate area. But even more so, we want people to discover the immense musical and artistic talent in our backyard while having a fantastic time”.