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Saint Vitus Bar
Saint Vitus Bar
The indoor of Saint Vitus.
Background information
Founded 2011
Capacity 250
Location Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York
Website Official Page

'Saint Vitus Bar is a bar and music venue located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Opened in April 2011, the 2,500 square feet (230 m2) venue is known for its heavy metal atmosphere. The venue has managed to attain a world-renowned status among the heavy scene, garnering praise and respect from the likes The New York Times, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Pitchfork, Metalsucks and Gothamist to name a few.

Since it's opening on 6 April 2011 Saint Vitus Bar has hosted hundreds of heavy bands in their intimate space, along with other events such as private parties and book signings. The venue has also been host to major marquee events such as Northside, New York Deathfest, The Obelisk All-Dayer and Desertfest New York among others.

BackgroundEdit

Saint Vitus was opened in April 2011 by Arty Shepherd, Justin Scurti, and George Souleidis, along with silent owners.[1] The space was formerly a plumbing school and before that was a social club, and the owners hired Matthew Maddy (No. 7, Weather Up in Prospect Heights and Tribeca, The Box) to design the space, with the intention of only hosting occasional live shows.[2][3] In April 2012 Saint Vitus would celebrate it's year anniversary with a special showcase[4] and in 2016, Saint Vitus celebrated its 5-year anniversary with five nights of shows featuring headlining sets from Pallbearer, Corrosion of Conformity, Royal Thunder, and 13th Chime.[5]

Saint Vitus hosts weekly metal yoga sessions run by Metal Yoga Bones. In addition, visual artist Karlynn Holland periodically curates day-long art shows under the moniker Dreams Were Made For Mortals. In 2013, Shepherd and David Castillo, Saint Vitus's talent buyer, started up a record label called Sacrament Recordings and Merchandise to release an album by the band Sannhet. Two YouTube channels in "Max Volume Silence" and "unARTigNYC" both have recorded several full sets professionally at the venue.

Saint Vitus Bar would temporarily close in 2020 due to The CO-VID19 Pandemic and curate a Kickstarter to cover staff and venue expenses on 7 April 2020, offering exclusive merch and "Golden Tickets" to allow certain backers to be allowed into any Saint Vitus Bar show for a year.[6] With the Kickstarter running until 6 June the fundraiser would raise over $100,000 USD.[7]

Selected Notable Performers at the VenueEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Invisible Oranges
  2. Greenpoint News
  3. NY Mag
  4. Village Voice
  5. Village Voice
  6. Metal Injection
  7. Kickstarter
  8. Brooklyn Vegan
  9. Brooklyn Vegan
  10. unARTigNYC
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