Q: I'm confused - are Victorian Station and Big Pink Music the same thing? Is Big Pink Music a private deal?
A: Nope! Victorian Station is a venue (Tea Room and Southern Smokehouse) with food & drink, and entertainment managed by Randy Holtman (owner of Old Town Tavern). Victorian Station's nickname is "The Big Pink." Big Pink Music is a separate non-profit organization that provides financial support, via member donations, to certain events held at Victorian Station - and these events are all open to the public. Big Pink Music also presents special in-the-round shows on selected weekends, to which members receive both the first invitation and a BPM member discount. As membership grows, we hope to expand membership benefits, including music education opportunities. BPM's mission is to support local artists and development of a listening room environment in Hampton Roads.
Q: I have attended Thursday Open Mics and Friday Bluegrass Events...is there a cover now?
A: Never! We hope that members of our community will become members of Big Pink Music, which will help us support--a.k.a., pay--the local musicians they love, but there is no requirement to do so. Big Pink Music will present a limited number of Sunday afternoon shows that will have a cover, as indicated on the event listing.
Q: Does this mean open mic performers get paid now?
A: We wish! Unfortunately, our budget won't allow funding that just yet. Big Pink Music will support this award-winning open mic by providing sustained funding for the hard-working hosts of the weekly events.
Q: Is Victorian Station still kid-friendly?
A: Yup! The only time there is a limitation is for special Sunday afternoon in-the-round shows. For these shows you must be at least 17 years old to attend or 12 years old and accompanied by an adult.
Q: Can I donate less than $100?
A: Absolutely. All monetary donations will support the efforts of the organization. You must donate at least $100 to have member status.
Q: Are there ways to support Big Pink Music other than/in addition to a monetary donation?
A: Heck yeah! Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see where your skills fit our needs.