Nyabinghi 1998-2006

Opened in 1998 by Greg Barratt, who had owned another bar by the same name in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Nyabinghi at 1229 Salt Springs Road served as a haven for heavier stoner rock and metal as well as many other sorts of music in its brief existence. Plenty of acts who were big names or on their way to becoming big names played there such as the White Stripes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Clutch and the Melvins. Hell, even former child actor Corey Feldman played their once with his terrible band. It was an eclectic place with a killer jukebox and beer selection that made a name for itself on the national music scene with the Emissions From The Monolith music festival.

In 2006, Barratt put it up for sale on eBay, but a a potential buyer with the means to meet the $150,000 bid for the building and equipment never emerged. Nyabinghi’s last night was on New Year’s Eve 2006. The building fell into foreclosure and later housed a bar called Pope’s Pub for a short time. A deliberately set fire in Jan. 2009 caused $5,000 damage to the stage area. Sometime in the last two years, the building was razed.

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One thought on “Nyabinghi 1998-2006

  1. joe says:

    That club was different that’s for sure. It was a commercial building for the bar part that tied into a house? next to it via a breezeway. The band stage was in the house part, and around the room there were overstuffed chairs, like in the living room.

    I saw Rev Horton Heat there around 2004 or 2005 and the opening act ended their set with fireworks. The bass player had a flair taped to the top of the neck of his guitar.

    I remember watching the flame floating a few inches from the dropped ceiling tiles and thinking the place could ignite any minute. It didn’t but it took an hour for the gunpowder smoke to leave the room–plus it was in August and a record breaking heat day.

    That was six months before the band pyrotechnics fire in the rock club in Rhode Island? that killed 100 or more.

    Anyhow it was a unique club that used to have lots of great national acts stop and play.

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