Love City Virtual Concerts


For those of you who are not on island during these times, there is a new way for you to bring the sights, sounds and people of St. John into your living room twice a week!  Silver linings in the midst of a pandemic.

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Lauren Jones Magnie and her kiddos in the first “Homebound Open Mic” video.

As you know, when the stay at home order began at the end of March, it left most people in the ranks of the unemployed (or underemployed).  Musicians are not exempt from these unfortunate circumstances.  The music industry, like the majority of the economy, has been rocked (pun intended) by this shut down.  But, musicians of all genres and levels of stardom all over the world have developed creative ways of sharing their magic.  And some of our St. John musicians are resiliently plowing through this pandemic in similar ways.

Have you ever been to the Thursday night open mics at Miss Lucy’s in Coral Bay?  This long standing open mic has changed location several times….Most recently it was on Thursday nights at Pickles in Paradise.   If you have been lucky enough to happen upon this weekly event over the years, you know St. John has some unique and musically talented characters in attendance!

The Pickles open mic grew into something really powerful post Irma recalls Lauren Jones Magnie, hostess of the open mic and amazing songstress of St. John.  “People needed a reason to let loose.  To be together.  To enjoy life.”

And, in another difficult time, music is bringing artists together again.  This time, in a virtual platform that lets everyone…on or off island…participate in and appreciate the collaboration.

Lauren started a virtual open mic that airs via Facebook on Thursday nights at 5:30-ISH.  She coordinates the ENTIRE thing…collecting and editing the videos, coordinating the artists and even creating a virtual dance floor for the weekly event with dancers submitting their videos from afar for inclusion.  Featuring the talents of many St. John residents, this weekly video has become a creative outlet for those performing and a St. John fix for those watching from home.

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Virtual Open Mic

Tune in on Thursday evenings on Lauren and her husband Bo’s facebook page  or tune in now to check out the archived performances. Lauren wanted to give some love to the regular contributors who have helped to build this amazing weekly event.  Her husband Bo Magnie, Otis Magnie, John Magnie, Pam and Broheem, Laz Liburd, Charlie, Rich Greengold, Joy, Ken Betts, Ital, Kerrin Buckley, Johnny B and Channing are just a few of the faces you will find familiar throughout these streams.

A few highlights I’d recommend are

  • ELENA!!!  Lauren and Bo’s daughter is ten years old and performs her original music with a fire inside her little soul!  –Check out the May 21 (open mic #7) for her performance of her original song “If I Could” with her grandfather
  • Allegra Miles- finalist in “The Voice” submitted a video for the May 7 episode!
  • May 14 – Pamela Leverett-Love and Broheem on the Sax with Lauren and Bo!
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Fans enjoying St. John sunset concerts from home

IslandGirlMusic- Erin Hart is another ambitious STJ based musician who has taken her talents to to the world wide web.  If you have ever wandered through the park in Cruz Bay on a Friday evening, you may have had the pleasure of hearing the sweet island tunes of Erin Hart ringing through the courtyard from Cruz Bay Landing.  Erin has played Friday nights in Cruz Bay for the past ten years, beginning at Rhumb Lines and began her weekly stint at the Landing in 2018.  When live music was cancelled everywhere this spring, she continued this tradition with a Friday Night Sunset Concert Series from her deck overlooking Cruz Bay and St. Thomas.

Both Erin and Lauren reported overwhelming responses from their online followings.  Erin said “I didn’t anticipate that the shows were going to be as impactful to the people watching as they were to me. It gave us all something to look forward to. For an hour and a half every Friday we could tune out the chaos together and just soak in some good feeling music and a beautiful St. John sunset.”

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IslandGirlMusic- Erin Hart – Live from Love City!

You can tune in for a private living room concert with a LIVE St. John sunset every Friday night at 5:15 on her facebook page.  If you need a Love City fix now, the performances are archived on her new feed as well!

Both of these lovely ladies plan to continue these virtual traditions at least until the live music ban (what is actually happening right now?) is lifted.

I hope that you can find a little time to tune in and enjoy a slice of St. John in your living room this week.  The Governor’s recent orders have stated that while he is relaxing the social distancing protocol for bars and restaurants, live music will still not be permitted quite yet.  So we will be enjoying these streams right along with you.

The Restaurant Report – What’s Open? What’s Not?

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We generally update you on seasonally scheduled closings a bit closer to the peak hurricane season months. In light of the reopening of St. John to tourism, and A LOT of variations as to what business owners are deciding to do, we thought this might be a good time to clue you in as to what your restaurant options are this month!

We are excited to say that MANY of your favorite restaurants are bouncing back immediately! The majority are operating with full service and full menus seven days a week. Some, however, are sticking to take-out for now while others are postponing the announcement of a reopening date until we see how this goes. This list was updated as of June 1st, but be sure to check their websites or social media pages for updates as we move through this next transition together!

Also, please keep in mind when visiting your favorite Love City establishments that all businesses are required to follow current VI Social Distancing protocol. Jenn posted a great recap on the overall rules for the territory last week. We are currently in Phase Blue – Open Doors.

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VI Recovery Phases towards a “new normal”

To recap the restaurant and bar specific rules:

  • Establishments may operate at 50% capacity or 50 people. Whichever is less.
  • All employees are required to wear masks. Patrons may be required at the discretion of the business owner….All other commercial entities are on a strict “No mask, No service.” policy. (Stores, taxis, the passenger ferry, etc.)
  • All tables and bar stools will be separated by the staff according to social distancing measures.
  • No parties larger than 6 people will be permitted to sit together.
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The sign in front of Beach Bar gives patrons a heads up on social distancing protocol.

Please be patient with restaurant owners and staff with these regulations in mind. They are in jeopardy of losing their business license if they are non-compliant.

The following restaurants are OPEN! —Or scheduled to reopen soon!

The Tap Room – 7 days a week, 11am-11:45PM

North Shore Deli – 7 days a week, 8AM-3PM

Greengo’s Caribbean Cantina St. John – 7 days a week, 11AM-8PM

The Sun Dog Café – 7 days a week, 9AM-9PM

Shambles – Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, Weds-Sun 12PM-8PM

Beach Bar- 7 days a week, 11AM-?

Café Roma- Closed Saturdays, Sun-Fri 4PM-8PM

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Serving up a cold one at Skinny Legs.

Cruz Bay Landing- 7 days a week, 7AM-9PM

Dr!nk St. John – 7 days a week, 5PM-10PM

High Tide Bar and Grill – 7 days a week, 8AM-11PM

Lime Inn –Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat 4PM-9PM

Kati Ligo – Island Cork – Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat 9AM-8:30PM

Little Olive Food Truck – Wednesday-Friday, 11AM-3PM

Maho Crossroads – 7 days a week, 11:30AM-4PM

Bikinis on the Beach at Honeymoon – 7 days a week, 9AM-6PM

Morgan’s Mango – 7 days a week, 5:30PM-10:30PM

La Tapa – 7 days a week, 5PM-10PM

St. John Provisions – Closed Saturday & Sundays – Mon-Fri 6AM-1PM

Our Market Smoothies – Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM

Pizza Pi (located in Christmas Cove) – Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Weds-Sun, 11AM-6PM

Sam and Jack’s Deli – Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat 9AM-3PM

Shaibu’s Grab and Go – Closed Saturdays and Sundays, Mon-Fri 8AM-3PM

Skinny Legs – 7 days a week, 11AM-8PM

St. John Scoops – 7 days a week, Noon-8PM

Tap & Still St. John – 7 days a week, 11AM-10PM

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High Tide is open for full service!

Dave and Jerry’s Island Steakhouse – Opening June 8, Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat 5PM-9PM

Uncle Joe’s BBQ – 7 days a week, 11AM-8:30PM (Closes at 6:30 on Sundays)

Longboard – Open Thursday, June 4, 7 days a week, 3PM-11PM (Kitchen closes at 10PM)

Woody’s – 7 days a week, Noon-11PM

Lovango Rum Bar – Closed Sundays & Mondays, Tues-Sat 4PM-9PM

Oceans 362 – Closed Tuesdays, Weds-Mon 5PM-9PM

420 to Center/G-Spot – Bar open 7 days a week, 11-?, Kitchen Noon-?

Irie Pops – Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat Noon-4PM

18⁰64- Takeout Only – Closed Mondays, Tues-Sun, Noon-6PM

Lime Out – Boat Pickup/Drop off at Coral Bay Dock only- Closed Wednesdays & Thursdays, Fri-Tues 11AM-5PM

Gwen’s – Call at least 24 hours in advance to special order Conch, Fish, Chicken or Shrimp – Take-out only.

P and P’s by the Sea – Pre-order take-out on scheduled days only.

Banana Deck – Re-opening mid-late June

Miss Lucy’s – Tentative plan to re-openmid-June

The following restaurants have not determined a reopening date as of yet. Everything is changing quite rapidly and restaurant owners are deciding a lot of “what’s next” based on the safety of their staff and their VERY valued guests. They appreciate your patience and your support.

Aqua Bistro

Joe’s Rum Hut

Rhumb Lines

The Terrace

Pizzabar in Paradise

Quiet Mon Pub

Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis

Extra Virgin Bistro

We will continue to update you as these transitions occur. But hopefully, our favorite spots will continue to re-open their doors throughout the summer until regularly scheduled off-season closures begin.

As we mentioned above, things are changing daily. If you have information on any establishments that you do not see listed above or corrections to the ones you do, please email us or post it in the comments!

Local Livin

Ital Delroy Anthony

This Friday, we will introduce a new series entitled “Local Livin.”  Each week, we will show you a fresh perspective from a different St. John resident and include a bit about their background, thoughts on tourism, culture and St. John in general.  The submissions for these pieces will be drawn from one-on-one interviews and will be reviewed by the interviewee for their feedback prior to publishing.  

We are very excited to announce that the first profile piece in this series will be focused on Ital Delroy Anthony.   If you have been following NOSJ for some time, you might remember Jenn posting a video of this 6th generation St. Johnian in regards to “The Story of the Conch.”

In following up with Ital this week, he shares his family history, frustrations with lack of knowledge about St. John culture, some local resources he utilizes for his artistic creations and a message for visitors!  A man of many talents, Ital is also an accomplished musician.  Check back on Friday for a musical performance from one of your favorite beaches and the full story! 

We would also like to introduce Hillary Bonner as a regular contributor to the News of St. John. You can learn more about our newest voice in her bio!