Friday, October 20, 2017

Pittsburgh Venues: James Street Gastropub

In the North Side neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh lies a restaurant and bar known as the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy.  This venue is a two stage music hall and a full time restaurant.  Best known for some of the unique artists that has performed there, Jamestreet offers some unique aspects to the City of Pittsburgh culture.

Tony adjusts the drumset at the Speakeasky portion of the venue.
Unfortunately,  it was reported yesterday that Jame Street Gastropub would be closing on November 11th due to a persistent noise complaint that has forced the venue to close.  I only had the privileged of doing a photo shoot there once for The Lone Pines during a music festival that had gone all over the North Shore back in July.  The Lone Pines is a group of three college students, two from the University of Pittsburgh and one from West Virginia University who perform original folk songs as well as a few cover songs.  You can see some of their work that HDIC Productions has done on YouTube here.

The Lone Pines on the stage at James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy.
Throughout the entire time I was at Jame Street, all of the staff was very friendly, no one gave me any weird looks for being the guy with the camera (it’s happened at other places), and were all very careful to try to not get in the way (Which of course happens and I don’t get mad at if it does, but there are plenty of photographers who would get angry).

Josh sings a song at the Speakeasy.
While I couldn’t get any pictures of it due to another event going on, Jamestreet Gastropub also offers a larger ballroom on it’s upper floor in which performances occur.  I’ve seen it before and it’s a beautiful ballroom.  The Speakeasy portion of the venue has a nice cozy feel to it.

Performances can get emotional, and the cozy environment of James Street helps people to feel more comfortable.
It’s a shame to see the venue closing in a few weeks.  You can read more about the closure here.
But, there’s still a few weeks left to be able to get to the North Side and check it out!  And, hopefully, we’ll see something come from the City as it looks like they may be working on it!


All images shot on a Canon Rebel T5 with a Canon 50mm F1.8 Lens.
All images copyright © 2017 Allen Howard

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