The Pump House is Throwing a Steak Jam Fundraiser this Sunday in Wake of Devastating Fire

The beloved South County concert venue needs the community’s help recovering from fire damage suffered in early May.
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Photograph by Todd Gianguzzi

On Friday, May 6, a devastating fire ripped through the back green room of the beloved Pump House Music Works and Events in Wakefield. Fortunately, no staff or patrons were hurt, and the guitar-making-school-turned concert-venue still stands thanks to the efforts of the Kingston Fire District and the Union Fire District, but the incident did not leave the Pump House unscathed. In addition to major structural damage and the loss of backline sound equipment and many custom hand-made guitars, the Pump House staff have also lost out on wages throughout the venue’s closure.

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Photograph by Todd Gianguzzi

“We are in the very early stages of picking ourselves back up and rebuilding—we hope with a little help from our friends, that we’ll get back on our feet and get back to doing what we love,” the staff said in a statement. “The Pump House staff thanks you in advance for helping us get through this hard time without work or pay. As a nonprofit, the Pump House always needs community support to thrive—now more than ever.”

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If you would like to be part of that support system, local musician David Giorgi will be hosting a Steak Jam fundraiser on the Pump House lawn this Sunday, May 15, from 12–9 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their own instruments to join the jam, or sit back and listen while enjoying prime steak, burger and hot dog offerings fresh from the grill, delicious drinks from the bar and some great open-air views. Performers will include David Giorgi himself, Devin Bender, Joe Dziobek, Natalie Blue (with full band in tow) and Country DnA. Tickets are $20 in advance here, or available for $25 on the day of the event. All proceeds will go towards rebuilding the Pump House and keeping the music going! If you are not able to attend Sunday, you can still help out by donating to the venue’s GoFundMe page here.