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Bourbon Street reopens in New Port Richey; new owners hope to revive live music




New Port Richey's Club Bourbon has been a concert venue, a rock 'n' roll church and much more. Heck, it once almost hosted a concert by Snoop Dogg. We'd have paid to see that one.

When it closed, it left a bit of a gap in the North Pinellas/West Pasco live music scene. But new owners Stephen Arendt, 44, and Natalie Bass, 38, a Port Richey couple who share a household and five kids between them, decided to take on the new business. And they hope to bring it back to life, back to the days when it hosted acts like Living Colour, Toots and the Maytals, Edgar Winter, Seven Mary Three, Stryper and Juice Newton.

"We like to go out on the weekends. We go to all the clubs around here. We love live music," said Bass, citing a list of bars they patronize. "The Reef, Cocktails, San Ann Liquors, City Side and Gulfport on the Rocks."

"We always bring people with us — an entourage, you could say — and I was spending a lot of money just going out," Arendt said. "I thought, 'We should just open up our own place.' "

For more on Bourbon Street's revival, click here for Michele Miller's story.

Photo: Douglas R. Clifford, tbt*

[Last modified: Friday, September 14, 2012 3:50pm]


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