Last year, Gates of Prayer in Metairie held one of the first Covid-era festivals, with GatesFest taking place in parking lot pods as bands played all day.
A larger GatesFest returns on March 27, and the lineup is headlined by multi-platinum artist X Ambassadors. In addition to the two parking lot stages, there will be acoustic performances in the sanctuary and a family stage in the playground. It is hoped that pods will not be necessary this year.
This year, GatesFest is partnering with other organizations. The Team Gleason Beer Garden will raise funds for the Gleason Foundation. The Humana Arts Village will feature many community artists, who will have their works for sale. The Jewish Community Day School and J-FLEx Family Fest Area will have games, arts and crafts, and music for the youngest in attendance.
With the Jewish Children’s Regional Service Jewish Roots Gala that evening, there is also an option to Fest for JCRS by adding an $18 donation when purchasing a ticket to GatesFest.
The lineup includes Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, AsheSon, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Greg Hicks and Friends, Ben Kessler, Tiffany Pollack and Company, Electric Yat String Quartet, Duo Louisiane featuring Glenn Hartman and Washboard Chaz, and a Stephen Sondheim tribute with Jordan Lawrence.
“Music is integral to Jewish life and to the lives of everyone who calls Louisiana home,” said Rabbi David Gerber. “We are proud and excited to invite community members from across the region to come together to celebrate our unique culture and enjoy live music.”
General admission tickets are $54, with children 12 and under admitted free, and a Krew of GatesFest VIP package is $2500. The VIP package includes six VIP tickets, promotional recognition, a parking pass on-site, indoor VIP area and restrooms, open bar, prioritized covered seating at the main stage and catering by Katie’s restaurant. Additional sponsorships are available starting at $5,000, up to $25,000 for presenting sponsor.
Additional information is available at gatesfest.org.