That moment when you open Facebook to find that multiple friends have shared the following status:
Just to give you some background, we are not talking about some underground black market brothel here. This is a legitimate business that’s seen musical legends from dozens of genres grace its stage for decades now. From craft beer, craft cocktails, live music, drag brunches, and more, James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy has been a pillar of the North Side community that offers unique, diverse events that appeal to people from all walks of life.
And the unfounded personal agenda of a single person is threatening to destroy that.
From James Street’s Website…
James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy is a family owned bar and restaurant, located in Pittsburgh’s Historic Deutschtown. On the main level of this beautiful 19th century building, enjoy lunch or dinner, full of southern comfort and delicious twists on classic dishes.
With a beer list that features local breweries, fifteen drafts and over twenty bottles, we’re sure to have something for every beer lover. During most evenings, step down to the Speakeasy to enjoy a hand-crafted libation, grab a bite to eat or hear the best live, local jazz, blues and acoustic artists in Pittsburgh.
I’ve gotten to know Kevin Saftner, James Street’s General Manager and Booking Agent, over the past year and know he’s worked tirelessly to elevate his establishment at every possible juncture. From the beer to the food to the music to the overall ambiance and diversity of James Street’s events, Kevin, his family, and his team have poured time, money, blood, sweat, and tears into James Street to bring you a venue you’re as proud to frequent as they are to represent.
In a nutshell, the livelihoods of every member of the James Street family has been threatened by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, including the arrest of management, as mentioned in the above Facebook status. This can all be avoided and the soulless voice of a single rabble-rouser can be silenced for good with your help.
In order to meet the PLCB’s demands, James Street needs to undergo an expensive renovation project. They can’t risk another noise violation from their normal music bookings, thus making day-to-day operations of this historical venue extremely difficult.
Over the next several weeks, James Street plans to host fundraising events to aid in this crucial renovation project. They’ve already experienced an outpouring of support from the community and those outside of Pittsburgh and have set up an Indiegogo page where you can donate to the cause. Please take a few minutes to visit their page, donate whatever you can, and share this page with your online community so they can generously help as well.
All James Street fundraising events will be listed on the Imbibe Pittsburgh Events Calendar on PCBN Connect as they develop. So far, four fundraisers have been scheduled. Here are the details:
Silent Disco Fundraiser
Saturday, July 23rd from 9pm – 2am | James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy
The sound levels will be down and everyone will be throwing on some headphones and dancing all night long to some of the best DJs Pittsburgh has to offer. Performing live will be Robbie Rockso and several other DJs. $10 Suggested Donation at the door, $3 PBR and Old Tankard Pounders throughout the night.
All Star Jazz Jam Fundraiser
Wednesday, August 10th from 6:00pm – 12:00am | James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy
Thomas Wendt will be hosting an All Star Jam Session with some of the best musicians in the city. Please come out and support. 100% of the proceeds go to making the necessary improvements to sound proofing the venue that will allow James Street to keep their doors open for years to come. Sponsored by Penn Brewery.
Sunday Funday Fundraiser
Sunday, August 14th from 12pm – 11pm | James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy
For this event, they’ll be taking donations at the door that will go 100% to helping keep the doors open and continuing the long-standing tradition of live music on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
Current Set Times
Noon – Steeltown Horns
1pm – Bliel Brothers
2pm James Drakes
3pm – East End Mile
4pm – Byron Nash
5pm – Diego
6pm – STILL OPEN
7pm – Ferdinand the Bull
8pm – Glenn Strothers
9pm – Daily Grind
10pm – Rat Tits
DiCello’s Gallery at the Gastropub Fundraiser
Thursday, August 18th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm | James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy
You are invited to enjoy a lovely evening of dinner, cocktails & photography. Dave DiCello is highly respected at his craft and has taken some of the most beautiful pictures of Pittsburgh ever seen. Mr. DiCello will donate a portion of the proceeds to help renovate James Street’s 3rd floor Ballroom.