Harrison County

Outdoor concerts and the Cooking Channel are coming to Blind Tiger Biloxi

The Cooking Channel’s Katie Lee will tape a segment of her show “Beach Bites” at the Blind Tiger Biloxi on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
The Cooking Channel’s Katie Lee will tape a segment of her show “Beach Bites” at the Blind Tiger Biloxi on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Courtesy Cooking Channel

Blind Tiger Biloxi owner Thomas Genin has a lot going on, but he’s taking it all in stride. Genin is in the process of preparing his restaurant for an appearance on national television and a free concert featuring a band that has had four Top 100 hits, including “Fall Down” and “Walk on The Ocean.”

“We’re very busy at the Blind Tiger Biloxi and that’s a good thing,” Genin said.

Build it and they will come

One of Genin’s top projects is his new outdoor stage on his green spot that borders the Mississippi Sound. The stage will host national recording artists Toad The Wet Sprocket on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The concert is free.

“I’ve been in the restaurant business for 17 years and we’ve worked hard since we opened to expand our facility,” Genin said. “And we are thrilled to host a band like Toad The Wet Sprocket —we hope we can do a few shows like this a year.”

He said the trick to having a successful show is to know your market.

“We can’t have a show when Ole Miss or LSU have home games and you’re not going to compete with the Saints,” Genin said. “We had the opportunity to book this band on a Wednesday night and we did it.”

The stage is next to the Great Lawn at Harrah’s, which also host big name acts like Little Big Town, Jake Owen and Toby Keith. Genin said that people who like shows at the Great Lawn will also like them at the Blind Tiger Biloxi.

“The venue is great and if we bring in the right bands, it will attract people — I would like to do four a year,” he said. “We want to have a cool venue to have outdoor concerts just like Harrah’s does.”

Genin said his plan is to have free shows.

“We have some cabanas that hold 10 people and we are selling VIP packages for the cabanas, but otherwise the show is free,” he said. “And if you want to watch the show from your boat, you can do that as well — you can pull your boat right up and anchor it.

But concerts aren’t the only events on the Blind Tiger Biloxi’s horizon, Genin said.

“We’re talking to (Harrah’s) about doing some events like a burger-cooking contest and we plan to do some Christmas events and fundraisers for Harrison County CASA next year,” he said. “We want to give people a cool venue with lots of fun events.”

And if preparing for Toad The Wet Sprocket wasn’t enough, the Blind Tiger Biloxi is also preparing to make its national TV debut on the Cooking Channel’s “Beach Bites with Katie Lee.”

“Katie and her crew are going to shoot a segment at the restaurant on Tuesday (Oct. 31) and then we are taking them out on our boat on Wednesday (Nov.1),” Genin said. “We are very excited to have been selected for this.”

“Beach Bites” features Lee as she travels the world searching for the best local cuisine on coastal settings. The show also has taped a segment in Gulf Shores.