NEWPORT NEWS—After months of waiting, Good Vibes Concert Hall has finally been given the green light to open and will hold its ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, December 10 at 4:30pm. The facility is located at 11800 Merchants Walk #100 in Newport News near City Center (the former site of Boathouse Live and Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar”).
“Fun story: Joe Ritchie, past mayor of Newport News, the landlord of the City Center area, and I were playing golf recently when I hit a drive on a par 4 that landed six feet from the hole,” said Matt Lockhart, owner of Good Vibes. “As Joe and I are driving up to the hole, we get a phone call from the city saying our venue is 100 percent approved with the occupancy we were looking for. So good vibes were definitely happening at that moment. We had a few hurdles to get past on the way there, but my overall comment about the experience is, ‘I’m always going to fight for your right to party!’”
The ribbon cutting, sponsored in part by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, is free and open to the public. Directly following the ceremony, a Bob Dylan acoustic tribute will play from 5pm to 6pm. Cyrus Chestnut, a New York City jazz pianist will play from 6pm to 9pm, followed by Grateful Jed, a Grateful Dead tribute band that will play from 9pm to 11pm. At 11pm, a DJ Dance Party will finish off the evening’s festivities and is scheduled to go until 1am.
“The soft opening was last weekend, and it was very successful,” said Lockhart. “We have some minor tweaks we want to take care of, but the main things I heard was that the food is great and the staff is very polite and professional. Those are the two main things you need. I already knew the sound system is amazing, so when people said that I was happy, but making sure the kitchen is doing things right and that the staff is attentive is very important to me. I mean, if you’re coming to a place called Good Vibes you better be treated with good vibes, you know?”
Reserved Table seating and VIP access for the evening is available online at https://goodvibes.ticketleap.com/. For a listing of upcoming events and menus, visit the Good Vibes website at https://goodvibesva.com/.