The Pit Stop Gets the Green Light

Oak Bluffs approves venue’s business and entertainment licenses

The Pit Stop music venue in Oak Bluffs will officially open its doors to the public this weekend after the Oak Bluffs selectman’s approval of their business and entertainment license on Tuesday night.

The Pit Stop Workshop Co. concept is designed to support the advancement of local artists by showcasing their original works in a centrally located, comfortable and family friendly environment. The Pit Stop Workshop will go forward as a member supported community recreation room consisting of a performance space for music, poetry, plays, puppet shows and independent films. It will also serve as a gallery for visual arts.

The Pit Stop ultimately plans to purchase the property so that this year-round venue can become a permanent asset to the Vineyard community. As a gesture of goodwill and support for the success, the building owner, Donald Muckerheide, has agreed to remove the property from the real estate market for one year to allow the club time to establish enough income via membership, ticket sales and fund-raising to show the banks they are credible for a loan.

The Pit Stop will not sell alcohol and so it is dependent on the community for support. Annual membership costs $100, and monthly memberships will be available for $15. Membership benefits include a 50% discount on admission, discounts on workshop fees, e-mail notification and priority access to Pit Stop events.  

This weekend will mark the beginning of the Pit Stop’s membership drive. There will be free live music on Friday featuring Willy Mason, Nina Violet, Marciana Jones and Adam Lipsky. On Saturday there will be a CD release party for Master Exploder. Doors will open at 7 pm music starts at 8 pm.

Annie Bradshaw February 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM
This is one of the best things to happen in the live music scene here!! Congrats! Can't wait to get my membership!
Jerry Murphy February 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM
The Martha's Vineyard Sharks are looking for musical groups...established groups and new groups...to play after our games at Vineyard Baseball Park. Please call Jerry Murphy @ 508.687.9705. The Pit Stop could be a great spring board for a group looking to play in front of a large audience. We have 10 of our 29 home games booked.
Susanna J. Sturgis February 22, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Jerry, are you on Facebook? If you haven't already, post that on Vineyard Music-Scene's wall.
Susanna J. Sturgis February 22, 2012 at 02:50 PM
This is wicked good news. Thanks to Don, Dan, Nina, and everyone else who's making it happen.
Jason Danielson February 22, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Craig Hockmeyer February 22, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Might be a great place for a Community radio station...?
Rob oslyn February 23, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I can't wait to go to the first shows and support this venue I would also live to play there withmy friend Jeff, I just don't know who to contact yet. Good luck to the put stop
joy February 23, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Excellent. Where in OB will it be located?
Mathea Morais (Editor) February 23, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Joy, it's right across the street from Tony's Market: 114 Dukes County Ave., Phone is 508-693-4219. I will update the article to include a link to their listing.
joy February 23, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Got it. It was a car refinsher or something I think. Very cool.
Susanna J. Sturgis February 23, 2012 at 09:36 PM
There have already been some wonderful events there -- the release party for Nina Violet's new CD in December, an old-fashioned "musicale" in January, and other good stuff too. It's a really nice space, and suitable for spoken word, theater, and maybe even dance and film, as well as music.
Mathea Morais (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Mathea Morais (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Susanna, you probably already know this, but just in case, check out the FleaPit on Facebook ... Diana Reilly's "shabby, chic cinema experience wednesday evenings at the Pit Stop."
Susanna J. Sturgis February 24, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Aha! Thanks, Mathea. Didn't know that. Will check it out.
Martha Magee May 17, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Let's hear it for Donald Muckerheide !!!!!


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