Since opening in Spring 2015 Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Ave., has become one of the area’s most vibrant hubs for entertainment, and one of the most popular venues for live music. Starting this week, it is expanding its arts offerings to include live music five night a week, Wednesday-Sunday–much to the delight of its loyal patrons.
“We focus on local music because of the ripple effects it has in the community,” owner Case Warnemunde said. “As people enjoy exceptional live music, from artists who reside right here in our towns, they also make powerful connections, which overtime translate into new opportunities for both the artists and patrons. We’ve seen it happen countless times. Artists get new gigs and private events, patrons become lifelong fans, and the community continues to buzz with excitement over the talent that calls this place home.”
In addition to live music from bands like the Goodnight Brothers Band, One Paper Crane, Knowne Ghost, and The Hawthornes, among others, OTPH hosts ‘Thinkin’ and Drinkin’’ trivia nights every first and third Tueday, ‘Showoff’ open mic nights on second and fourth Mondays, and rotating art exhibits featuring work by local artists. All of this complemented by a wide variety of craft beers – most of them from local breweries – and wines.
With offerings for everyone, and an ideal location in the heart of Old Town, the public house has become a catalyst for community connection, which is exactly what Warnemunde was hoping to create.
“With events like the ‘Tawba Walk, Open Mic Nights, 2nd Friday Street Festivals, The OTC Jazz Festival and others, there has been an incredible surge in the local arts culture in recent years,” Warnemunde said. He lives across the street from OTPH and with his Bella Love initiative has been instrumental in bringing many of the events to Cornelius. “But while the events are a great way to make valuable connections and draw attention to the area, there needed to be a place where people could find that community feel on a regular basis,” he said, and that place is OTPH.
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This was article originally printed in the Lake Norman Citizen, November 9, 2016.
About the contributor:
Christina is a local multimedia content producer and digital strategist. Formerly the editor of CorneliusNews.net, she is thrilled to work with the OTC team to once again help tell the ever-evolving Cornelius story. She lives nearby with her husband, Nate, and a small menagerie of 2- and 4-legged beasties.