Throughout five decades in the music business, Jamey Reilly has worked with the likes of Aerosmith, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, The Beach Boys and more. But there was a time when that career nearly came to an end.

"I had an accident with a power saw that almost cut my arm off. My arm was paralyzed for a year," said Reilly, who runs the Jamey's House of Music listening room and BYOB cafe in Lansdowne along with his wife, Suyun, and son, Jun.

Reilly's arm was traumatized again in a car crash. The recovery process inspired him to study Eastern and Western healing modalities and to pursue a degree from New York University. By day Reilly is a physical therapist, and on most Friday and Saturday nights he puts on his audio engineer and live music impresario's hat, presenting original blues, jazz, folk, and more from all over the world.

Catering to music lovers, Jamey's House of Music has seating for just 70 people, with cushioned, movable chairs set in a theater style. "Our sound system is our claim to fame. The sound system alone, the investment was a quarter-million dollars," Reilly said. 

Upcoming shows include Johnny Never and John Colgan-Davis May 18, Carolann Solebello and Joe Iadanza May 31, Biodun Kuti and the New Nigerian Gypsies June 8, Toby Walker June 15, Maryann Price and The Edge Hill Rounders June 21, The Rob Balducci Band June 22, and Sloan Wainwright and Sharon Goldman with Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez June 28. Performances begin at 8 p.m. and tickets for most shows are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Note that physical tickets are not used. When you purchase advance tickets online at www.jameyshouseofmusic.com, your name is placed on the will-call list for the show you select. You'll need to give your name at the door when you arrive. 

From noon to 3 p.m. the first Sundays of the month at Jamey's, Reilly's band, The Philly Blues Kings, hosts a no-cover Blues Brunch featuring open mic. blues jam sessions. JHOM is also the home venue for the Philly Blues Society.

Reilly previously ran a in Philadelphia venue known for music called the Philadelphia Society for Art, Literature and Music (PSALM) Salon for 10 years, until city officials shut it down on the grounds that he did not obtain a variance to operate a nightclub.   

Forced to leave the city, he only had to look as far as the Lansdowne Federal Savings and Loan building at 32 S. Lansdowne Ave., next door to Patrone, the Italian and Japanese fine dining restaurant that was run by his wife. Jamey's House of Music debuted in October 2017, with the Asian concept of a "live house" small music club that can double as a restaurant.

A BYOB establishment, the dining room at Jamey's, which seats 32, serves Asian-accented "new American fare," ranging from pot stickers and fried rice to meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. The menu also includes desserts, coffees and espressos. Doors open 6 p.m. for dinner on concert nights and reservations are not required.

An unusual aspect of the dining experience is it's "fine dining on a paper plate," saving the costs involved in running a dishwasher and paying table bussers.

In addition to the overall architectural planning for the building, Reilly also designed the JHOM laughing blue Buddha logo. He said it represents "the Buddha who is yet to come. He's the one that will be there when the (expletive) hits the fan and makes everything right." He added that Suyun, who is originally from China, and runs the kitchen along with her 26-year-old son, disapproves of the hat and sunglasses on the Buddha. "I'm kind of irreverent. I figure if he's really cool, he'll forgive me," he said.  

Free street parking is available, and in nearby parking lots. Jamey's is also public transportation accessible, next to the SEPTA train station on the Media-Elwyn line, and near the 101, 102, 109, 113 and 115 bus stops.

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