Contact: Scott Kading FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SCOTT KADING, OWNER OF THE IOWA CITY YACHT CLUB, PURCHASES GABES
September 5th, 2011
The owner of the Iowa City Yacht Club has recently entered into an agreement to purchase Gabe’s, a business that has been a live music venue in downtown Iowa City for 25 years.
“We are very excited for this opportunity to join the forces of two live music venues just down the alley from each other, says owner Scott Kading. “This makes sense on so many levels and has been a blast so far. We are still trying to get our arms around the schedules, but up until now, it has been nothing but positives.”
Kading plans to still maintain the Yacht Club and its booking and long time Yacht Club manager, Pete McCarthy, will manage the day to day operations at both places. Gabe’s, however, offers them many more options and will be booked by several people.
“It’s a bigger room with a clean slate. You can do anything up there from rock to punk to metal to bluegrass to bigger jam bands that don’t fit on the Yacht Club stage. Plus the feedback from the community has been tremendous. We have had people hug us because they are excited in what it can become.”
There is also some new camaraderie with the other venues in town.
“For the first time since the late 80’s, we really feel there is some great synergy amongst all of the live music venues in town. We have all met and feel like we’re on the same page. This really should be good for the entire live music community.
Kading concludes about several other impressive features, “There are a lot of things we didn’t even consider when we were involved in the negotiations. After we hauled out several truck loads of junk and really cleaned the place, we realized that this is one of the best beer gardens in town. Plus we brought back the pool table, have all new beer lines and a huge selection of beer.”