Creativity and community connect at St. Croix’s newest addition to the island’s burgeoning nightlife. LEVELS is a live music venue, bar and creative space in downtown Christiansted that has been newly renovated and modernized to create a safe and fun place where everyone is welcome.
Sibling owners Andrea and Kamal Russell acquired the building in July 2019 with an intent focus on creating a space where artistry can be created and fostered by music lovers, artists and creatives in tune with the culture. The Russell family is no stranger to sharing the love of music with the community. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Russell family band would perform at various events and fundraisers throughout the community. Eddie Russell is the man behind the well-known Jazz in the Park at Fort Christianvaern. Most recently, Kamal Russell held a host of musically charged events under his KDM Productions brand. When opportunity knocked, Andrea and Kamal decided to transform the former nightclub and live music venue into a modernized version centered on creativity and community.
LEVELS is laser-focused on their goal to create a platform for local and independent creatives to showcase their art, whether music, performance, film or mixed media. “Cultured creatives – and the community as a whole – are who we are trying to bring into the space. By building this community, we can expand our culture and create new ways of what it could look like, what it could be,” said Kamal. The only staged indoor/outdoor live performance event space in Christiansted, LEVELS is home to many events centered on shining a light on the extraordinary local talent that often goes unrecognized. “We host a regular open mic night with amateur poets and performing artists are welcome to share this art.” Additionally, their series called “Between Two Speakers” is where local business owners are invited to tell their story to inspire other entrepreneurs. “Hearing from other entrepreneurs, someone is more inclined to have the confidence to try new things, think outside the box and to recognize that sometimes, there is no box.”
As far as event spaces go, LEVELS has something for everyone. Its clean and modern decor combined with sweeping spaces and interwoven spaces makes this multi-level space perfect for private events and special occasions. Learn more about LEVELS, their upcoming events and hours of operations at www.levelsvi.com or follow them on Facebook (@levelsvi) and Instagram (@levels.vi).
Written by Anquanette Gaspard (firstname.lastname@example.org)