Nick Thomas: Owner / Creative Director
For nearly decade, Nick Thomas was the Director of Programming and Marketing at Republic NOLA, launching the highly successful Throwback, TRAP, BOUNCE, and other event series; booking and marketing of thousands of live shows; and building relationships with outside event producers to bolster an electric lineup of high-profile talent and top-notch event design, collectively bringing Republic to the forefront of live music venues in the US.
Nick acquired Republic NOLA in 2015 before implementing sweeping changes to the facility, programming, and staff. In addition to the floor-to-ceiling renovation of the space, Nick’s vision for the relaunch of Republic also included a significant change to the programming, steering away from Republic’s nightclub past and towards event-based programming and a new emphasis on private events. Since that renovation, Republic has become a preeminent venue in the US, offering a premiere and eclectic lineup of electronic, rock and rap; unparalleled production quality; comprehensive and hands-on event planning; and a renewed commitment to customer service to ensure the best experience for all our guests.
Nick oversees all aspects of high-level operations, creative content production, relationship building, and business development. He aims to make Republic a second home to its guests, while constantly innovating to ensure that each experience is unique and unforgettable.
Nick is a classically trained upright and electric bass player and was a studio musician and touring performer while growing up in Seattle, WA. In 2003, he took his passion for music performance to Loyola University New Orleans, where he majored in Music, Business, and Music Business. Working closely with the head of the Music Business Department, Nick cofounded five businesses, known in academia as entrepreneurial units, including Loyola’s sound company, recording studio, radio station, and publishing company. While completing his degrees, he worked as the Director of Operations for Basin Street Records and started buying talent and marketing shows at Republic. During this time, Nick also cofounded the New Orleans Indie Rock Collective, which aimed to bolster and unite the disjoined indie rock scene in New Orleans, producing the flagship annual event, foburg fest. Additionally, he has lead multiple departments of over a dozen music festivals, including an 8-year run at Rehage Entertainment as the head of the Volunteer and Intern Program at Voodoo and Essence, and worked with WCP/AEG to develop the Special Moments Department at BUKU.
In 2017, Nick acquired the beloved Spanish Moon in Baton Rouge, is actively working on a variety of other venue developments, and is involved in a wide array of non-music-related businesses. In his free time, Nick enjoys attending music festivals and industry events, traveling, taking his “Taco Boat” out on the water, and playing kickball in a number of leagues.
Christopher Folse: Director of Public Events
Chris is responsible for booking and marketing all public events/shows for the venue. He joined the Republic NOLA team in 2013 and strives to provide the patrons of New Orleans’ with the best music experiences possible.
Born and raised along Bayou Lafourche in the small town of Lockport, LA, Chris always has had a passion for music and grew up playing guitar. After spending some time exploring potential career paths, Chris moved to New Orleans in 2012 to immerse himself in the music industry and absorb everything he could possibly learn. Upon meeting Nick Thomas at a show at Republic, the two hit it off and Chris began working for the venue in the Box Office with the goal of eventually becoming Nick’s apprentice and following in his footsteps. Once Nick purchased the venue in 2015, Chris’ dream came true and he was promoted into his current role.
Outside of work, Chris is the self-titled “Meme King” and enjoys shopping for over priced athleisure-wear, eating, staying up too late playing video games, eating, riding his motorcycle at speeds your mom wouldn’t like, eating, and snapchatting his dog, Ollie.
Jessica Talazac: Director of Special Events
Jessica oversees the booking/sales, planning, and execution of all private parties, weddings, and corporate sponsored events. She began an internship at Republic at age 20 and worked through several different positions, ultimately landing her dream job creating special experiences and lasting memories for clients every day.
In 2008, while completing a Business Marketing degree at the University of New Orleans, Jessica began an internship at Lifestyle Revolution Group, the company that formerly operated Republic NOLA. Upon graduating in 2010, she was offered a full-time position as Executive Assistant to CEO, Robért LeBlanc, and was privileged to assist him through the process of opening several restaurants (Sylvain, Capdeville and Ste. Marie). In 2011, Jessica became the Marketing Director of LeBlanc’s former ultra-lounge hotspot, LePhare, before eventually taking things full circle and returning to Republic to fill the Director of Special Events position later that year.
Outside of her role at Republic NOLA, Jessica also enjoys serving as the VP of Programs and Education for the New Orleans Chapter of ILEA (International Live Events Association) and co-hosts a podcast for New Orleans Weddings Magazine/The Wedding Krewe. She spends her free time contorting herself into pretzel-like yoga poses, soaking up sunshine whenever possible, travelling, chilling with her cat, Snoop Lion, and enjoying the food and music of NOLA!
Taylor LeGrand: Special Events Coordinator
Taylor handles execution-related tasks and vendor relations for all private parties, weddings, and corporate sponsored events. She began her role at Republic NOLA in May 2018 and enjoys learning and growing with a team that puts guests’ experiences first.
Throughout school, Taylor held a variety of restaurant service positions that made her realize her love of hospitality and taking care of people. In 2015, while completing the Hospitality Management and Tourism program at Northwestern State University, Taylor became the Event Director for KNWD Radio on campus and successfully coordinated a two-day music festival--a project that encouraged her to pursue a career with music and logistics at its core. Additionally, she acquired a minor in Music Performance for the trumpet, which she has played for 15 years. After graduating, she moved to New Orleans and landed a Marketing and Promotions internship at The House of Blues (Live Nation). Her well-rounded background in service, marketing, and music have made Taylor an excellent new addition to the Republic NOLA team!
Outside of work, Taylor enjoys exploring the art and culture of New Orleans, hiking, traveling, and practicing yoga and meditation. She has a newborn daughter and two dogs that keep her active and on her toes!
Sabrina Taylor: Director of Daytime Operations
Sabrina facilitates daily venue operations by managing human resources, accounting, establishing and maintaining vendor relationships, and managing all VIP Sales and Reservations. She has been a part of the Republic family since shortly after its inception, and enjoys developing a repeat customer base from which she has formed some of her closest friendships.
A New Orleans native, Sabrina was raised in the hospitality industry due to her mother’s 23 year stint as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the original Brennan’s Restaurant. She gained personal experience there, as well as restaurants under Tastebuds Management Group and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse throughout her high school and college years. In early 2007, Sabrina started at Republic as a VIP Bottle Service waitress while in the Business Marketing program at the University of New Orleans, and eventually went on to work at several other properties for Republic’s former parent company (LePhare, Ste. Marie). In 2011, an Administrative Assistant position opened and she returned to Republic full time. Upon Nick Thomas’ acquisition of the venue in 2015, Sabrina was promoted to her current management role.
Outside of her time at Republic NOLA, Sabrina enjoys indulging in the NOLA food-scene with family & friends, running off to the nearest beach, spending time on the “fun side” of the VIP table, and cooking with her sous chef, Tyson McNugget.
Travis Taylor: Director of Nighttime Operations
Travis facilitates nightly operations by managing the staff and service for all events, as well as the venue’s overall bar program. He has been a part of our team for 3 years and enjoys working at Republic NOLA because it never feels like work and every night is always a new experience.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Travis began working at the Carousel Bar in the iconic Hotel Monteleone in 2011. It was there, through his education behind the bar and relationships formed with customers, that he realized his career potential in the hospitality industry and began to perfect his craft. Travis began at Republic in 2017 on the security team, where he quickly proved himself to be valuable in many positions in front of and behind the bar. When a management position opened in January 2019, Travis was a natural candidate for the promotion and rose to the occasion.
Outside of work, Travis enjoys spending time with his son, playing football, basketball, and other team sports, and spicing it up in the kitchen cooking soul food and his famous gumbo.
Kory Scott, Bartender
Nickname: K. Scott
Republic Team Member Since: July 2014
Motto: “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right” - Hunter S. Thompson
Favorite Drink to Drink: A Vieux Carre; it’s a strong drink with a good backstory and while not difficult, the proportions do need to be right. But if a bar isn’t equipped for it, I always have my plan B--a shot of Jamo and a High Life.
Favorite Drink to Make: A margarita; I love the smell of fresh lime juice when you shake it and how it’s a well balanced cocktail.
Why do you enjoy bartending? Honestly I never thought bartending would have such an impact on me I just started doing it to make some extra cash while in school. Now I can’t imagine life without it. I spend most of my free time either looking up recipes, experimenting with ingredients at home, or out trying different bars in the city. Bartending has become a part of me, to the point I no longer feel likes its work. I truly enjoy every minute I am behind my bar!
What’s your favorite memory at Republic? Wow that’s a hard question given all the amazing shows we’ve had here; through all of the incredible nights, there is one that sticks out though! Back in 2016, I got to meet Lupe Fiasco after his show. He’s one of my favorite artist and a gamer like me. He was just super chill, which was cool to see someone who you like so much be so down to earth.