The Pit Stop, a sort of underground music scene in Oak Bluffs, is going legit. Recently, its business and entertainment license was approved. Get ready to party.
On Friday night there will be free live music by Willy Mason, Nina Violet, Marciana Jones and Adam Lipsky. On Saturday there will be a CD release party for Master Exploder. Doors open at 7 p.m. on both nights and music starts at 8 p.m.
The Pit Stop is a member-supported community recreation room consisting of a performance space for music, poetry, plays, puppet shows, independent films, you name it. It also has plans to be a gallery for visual arts.
This weekend also marks the beginning of a membership drive to support the club. The benefits of membership include a 50 per cent discount on admission, e-mail notifications and priority access to Pit Stop events and discounts on workshop fees. Annual membership is $100 and monthly memberships will be available for $15.
The eventual goal for the Pit Stop Workshop Co. is to purchase the property. As a gesture of goodwill, the building owner, Donald Muckerheide, has agreed to remove the property from the market for one year to allow the club time to establish enough income via membership, ticket sales and fund-raising.
Community support is essential for the success of the venue because they do not sell alcohol.