Published On July 19, 2016 | By Missy Schrott | Community

oSince its establishment in 2011, James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy has become one of the city’s favorite local spots for live music.

Located in Pittsburgh’s historic Deutschtown, the restaurant exudes “whispers of a bygone era” in its candlelit atmosphere, prohibition cocktails and jazzy jam sessions.

Throughout the 90s, James Street Tavern was the go-to place for jazz lovers and musicians; and owners strive to keep that James Street vibe alive.

With more than 300 performances each year–including jazz, blues, rock, acoustic, hip hop, EDM and more–live music has surely become its essence. And with 30 full time employees, live music draws in the crowds that allow them to make a living.

Now, James Street is reaching out to community members to help keep those unforgettable nights of legendary jams alive for years to come…

In order to remain at the corner of James and Foreland, the restaurant must undergo renovations to meet PLCB noise requirements. If the gastropub violates these restraints, meaning you can hear music once you step off the sidewalk, there could be fines, a suspended liquor license or, ultimately, closure.

Don’t fret for now, though, because you can help #SaveJamesStreet at its upcoming music-themed fundraisers happening all summer long.

Read on below for more details:


Thomas Wendt

Silent Disco

July 23, 9PM

Throw on some headphones, crank up the volume, dance freely and keep the noise inside with a Silent Disco party at James St. Live performers will be providing the jams to keep you dancing all night, including Robbie Rockso, and DJ support from Obvious Productions and 1337 Pittsburgh. Silent Disco gear will be provided by Frequency 528.


Byron Nash

Byron Nash

All Star Jazz Jam

August 10, 6PM

Come out for an All Star Jazz Jam session hosted by local drum legend Thomas Wendt. The event will be sponsored by Penn Brewery and kicks off at 6.

Sunday Funday Festival 

August 14, 12PM

Another fundraiser will take place on Sunday Funday from noon to midnight, with 12 hours of music from 12 of your favorite local bands. The lineup features: Steeltown Horns, Bliel Brothers, Diego, Eastend Mile, Byron Nash, Sacrefunk, Glenn Strothers, Ferdinand the Bull, Daily Grind, Pet Clinic, James Drakes and Rat Tits.


Dave Dicello Photography

DiCello’s Gallery at the Gastropub

August 18, 6PM

Esteemed Pittsburgh photographer Dave DiCello will be supporting the cause by selling his legendary photos and donating a portion of the proceeds to #SaveJamesStreet. Head to the Gastropub from 6-10PM for an evening of dinner, cocktails and photography.

Deutschtown Music Festival Do-Over

August 26

Since noise ordinances prevented bands from playing at the Gastropub during Deutschtown Music Fest, they’ll have a chance for a do-over at the Elks on the North Side. Stay tuned for more details TBA!

Jam out, let loose and help #SaveJamesStreet!

All fundraising from events and donations will be directly contributed to sound proofing renovations. To donate directly to the cause, you can also visit James Street’s Indiegogo page.

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