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Jamey's House of Music is Moving to Pottstown!
Jamey's House of Music has begun an urgent appeal for your generous support to fund the move from our venerable first home in Philadelphia to an amazing new building that we are in the process of purchasing in downtown Pottstown PA. Your donations are urgently and vitally needed for us to undertake this massive project. Simply click the donate button below and send us whatever amount you wish. We are grateful for even the smallest of donations as we work to build a reserve of $150,000 minimum (and hopefully more) to add to our financing which will help us turn this historic building into a world class listening room and restaurant. Thank you for supporting us for these past ten plus years, and thank you now for your generous contributions!
We have placed our lovely home of 20 years on the market! As soon as we find a buyer, we will complete the transaction to buy the new home of Jamey's House of Music. If you know anyone who would like our stately 8 bedroom, 2 kitchen, 4 1/2 bath Overbrook Manse please contact Scott Harrity, our broker at 610-420-1485. This is an amazing house! Click on the thumbnail to see the MLS listing.
Once our Overbrook Avenue property is sold, we will have the downpayment for a beautiful 30,000 square foot historic building (pictured below) in the center of quaint downtown Pottstown, which we now have under contract. We hope to complete the transaction and move in lock, stock and barrel between May and July of 2014.
This building could not be more perfect for our needs. It is in rough shape now, but with a lot of TLC it will shine like a jewel on High Street! Originally built by the Fraternal Order of Eagles in 1928, it represented the pride of the order, and was built to stand for hundreds of years. Encompassing four floors including the grand ballroom (and a top floor apartment), which will become the permanent home of Jamey's House of Music, this property was built to entertain hundreds of people in high style.
The bones are all in place, but we will need to build a commercial kitchen to serve the restaurant, a control booth for the technical equipment, and renovate the stage to accommodate modern productions. This will require running utilities from other parts of the building while preserving the historic interior features. Once completed, we will be able to seat 180 people comfortably, with up to 250 including standing room on the dance floor. We hope to have a liquor license in place by our grand re-opening, and feature a delicious menu of Asian/American fusion dishes.
We are committed to continuing the quality musical entertainment that we have become known for, and will have the capacity to book higher profile acts in the new venue as well. Here's to looking at a bigger and better Jamey's House of Music in 2014, with a tip of the hat to our venerable first home!
What went down...
On December 6th, 2013, we were visited by a phalanx of Philadelphia Licensing and Inspection Officers and members of the Philadelphia Police department, armed with orders to shut us down on the spot because our house concerts are considered by the city to be an illegal night club in a residential neighborhood. They had aparently received complaints from an unnamed party who wished to see us put out of business. It did not matter that the city had previously issued us a license for commercial activity at this location. Thus, in one fell swoop, ten years of the finest entertainment from around the world came to a full stop.
The response from the press and our community of avid supporters has been overwhelmingly supportive of seeing us continue operations in some way. After a careful assessment of our options, we decided that it is time to leave Philadelphia and seek a community that will welcome the kind of top quality entertainment presentation that we have become renowned for. We put our house right on the market, and began our search for a perfect venue in a welcoming location. It did not take long to find a great place, and it is now under contract.
The historically designated building is a commercially zoned location in the boro of Pottstown, 37 miles from here. The building is 30,000 square feet, where 7,000 square feet would comprise the main concert room and restaurant, green room, lobby and reception areas, with 1,200 square feet for the proposed kitchen on another floor and 1,800 square feet devoted to living quarters. The 14,000 square foot ground and first floors are rental space. The location is right on bustling East High Street in the heart of the historic district. The building needs an enormous amout of work including roof repairs, new electrical wiring to the venue, stage renovation with trussing/lighting and sound, bar construction, technical booth construction and a full new commercial kitchen installation. We will also have a very large arts space on the top floor available for community events as well as productions presented by our sister non-profit, the Philadelphia Society for Art, Literature and Music (PSALM).
We hope to hire a top quality chef to manage the kitchen, and are looking at developing an Asian/American fusion menu with a focus on fresh dishes and sushi, and delicious vegetarian selections. We are hopeful of obtaining a liquor license as well. While the restaurant will be open seven nights a week, we will likely have concerts every Friday and Saturday with smaller live music acts presented weeknights. We already have much of our day to day staff lined up.
We have a four month due diligence period in which to obtain all of our funding, permits and approvals, at which point the work can begin in earnest. Our attorney and architect/engineer are preparing all the details to put the plan if full motion.
We need your help dear friends to make this happen. We have the love, know-how and energy to do the work, but we need a great deal of money. We promise that this will be the best destination for good food and quality music on the east coast. We will remember your kindness, and repay your generosity in as many ways as we can think of. Thank you again for supporting Jamey's House of Music as we enter our second decade of growth!
Now part of the historical narrative...
Formerly known as the PSALM Salon, Jamey's House of Music is Philadelphia's coolest intimate venue for great music listening and recording.
Host Jamey Reilly invites music lovers to experience the finest in live music from the world over, all in the cozy comfort of home, but with the impeccable production values of a high end professional concert hall... complete with live HD internet broadcasting and 32 track recording.
Bands frequently release "Live at Jamey's" CDs using the high quality tracks recorded at every show, and occasionally stick around to lay down overdubs using our state of the art studio A gear. We also do full on session recording, mixing, mastering, jacket design, and full video production for web or DVD right here.
We are booked about a year in advance with top touring artists who love playing our room. You will be delighted to discover exciting new performers, as well as music legends, and hear them on a stunning, world class sound system in an acoustically balanced space that might be found only in a few of the highest end venues of any size. It is a music lovers dream. We do not advertise, and people only find out about us through their friends... and in ten plus years we have built a sterling world-wide reputation as the place to play in Philadelphia.
There is never a so-so evening here. It is a warm and welcoming place to share in some of the most wonderful eclectic music of every style and genre found anywhere, make new friends, enjoy really good Chinese food (BYO welcome) expertly prepared by hostess and chef, Suyun Reilly, and meet stellar musicians one on one.
It is a completely unique musical enjoyment experience. Lovers of theater, dance, comedy, performance art, and literary readings will also find much to get excited about.
The intimate, air conditioned 60 seat music venue was created by Jamey Reilly in 2003 as the non-profit PSALM Salon, an offshoot of the Philadelphia Society for Art, Literature and Music which became a musical destination for touring artists and music lovers from around the world. On April 1st of 2013, we split the venue off from PSALM and continue to run it privately with the same impeccable values.
New guests always do a double take when they discover this amazing venue tucked into a living room. It's been called many things by reviewers trying to categorize it, including "a house concert on steroids", "the ultimate man-cave", and "the music mansion". But whatever you call it, this is the way music was meant to be experienced. Musicians the world over know us a much sought after "musician's room" and have spread the word... "you just gotta play there!"
Jamey's decades of experience as a musician, professional engineer, record producer and venue manager has given him a keen understanding of what is missing in the way music is typically presented. Our sole purpose is to welcome people into our home and provide them with the kind of gold-key experience that is unavailable just about anywhere else... in a warm and vibrant place completely devoted to the making and enjoying of music. Jamey's House of Music is "the home of legendary sound."
Please check out our online videos and schedule of upcoming shows where you can buy discounted advance reservations to join Jamey, Suyun, top musical artists and well known local radio personalities for unforgettable evenings of music, food and friendship. When you buy advance reservations, your name will be placed on our guest list, so physical tickets are not required.
Don't forget our free monthly BLUES JAM the first Wednesdays of every month from 7 to 10PM, featuring the PHILLY BLUES KINGS with many local players sitting in. Find details on our news page link.
ON THE MENU AT SHOWTIME
An optional authentic Cantonese home-style (meat or vegetarian) Chinese dinner expertly prepared by Chef Suyun Reilly (owner of China's Heaven-Heaven Restaurant and hostess of Jamey's House of Music) is available at each show from 7:30 onward featuring delicious boxed dinners for the low price of $8.
Typically featured is Suyun's melt-in-your-mouth fried rice, curried potatoes, marinated spiced cucumber, vegetable spring rolls, banana spring rolls, oriental wraps and other gourmet creations that will satisfy your palate.
Chips, soft drinks, hot tea and coffee are available without charge. Remember to come hungry and BYO wine or beer! No dinner reservations are needed, and there are no corking or tipping fees.
Suyun also travels to China to import hand made Chinese artisan wear, jewelry and other items for wholesale and retail that appeal to the ladies in our audience. Her prices are very very low compared to those in Chinatown. In addition, she is a master knitter and offers custom made hats, scarves, shawls and sweaters at bargain prices.
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