The first time I VJed in public was at Belvedere’s in Pittsburgh, PA. I had a great relationship with everyone there, which led to a variety of projects. From projection mapping to infinity mirrors. It’s been a fun playground for VJs, visuals, and exploration.
In the early days, Belvies was a smoke-filled dive bar known for its cheap drinks and infamous 80s night. Time passed, and a kitchen fire shut the place down for over a year. This led to a vast remodel, the decline of 80s night and ushered in a new era of dance music, DJs, and clientele. The entire neighborhood changed. Homes rocketed in value, new businesses opened up, and this bar became voted the #1 dance club in Pittsburgh. Packed every weekend with lines around the block, Belvederes has grown significantly over the last few years. I’m most thankful that the staff and DIY attitude of the place haven’t changed. (We made most of the projection mapped staging designs from recycled materials and signs).