our roots

A guitar-making school turned into a concert venue... that's right, what started as a series of open mic jams, and a space for a guitar-building community to grow, has now become one of South County Rhode Island's premier live music venues, with live music shows happening every Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

At Pump House Music Works and Shady Lea Guitars, we believe that music makes a positive difference in each of our lives. Music nourishes our souls. Our goal is to support and nurture the musical community in Southern RI through a wide range of live music and music-related activities.

Pump House Music Works, a non-profit organization, offers high quality music concerts and related social events in our intimate 125-person venue. We present a variety of local, regional and international performers representing all musical genres. At our monthly open mic and pot luck socials, we provide opportunity for beginners and seasoned performers to create magic by sharing and supporting their music. Throughout the year, we also host special events to bring people together ranging from family holiday open houses to backyard BBQs and special gatherings for community-oriented non-profit organizations.

Shady Lea Guitars, our instrument building school co-located in the Pump House, enriches our community by providing the opportunity for students of all ages to hand-build custom guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. Our students transform raw lumber into beautiful sound, learning the art of the luthier while enjoying the camaraderie that comes from making sawdust and music together. Anyone can join our school and create a unique and personal instrument, experiencing the joy of “Building Community One Guitar at a Time”.

We hope that by offering a full spectrum of musical activities at the beautiful and historic Pump House on the reservoir in Peace Dale, RI, we will bring people together in a love for music, realizing our goal of keeping music live for our community.

As a 501(c)(3), we are tremendously grateful for the overwhelming community encouragement we've received! It's thanks to you that we continue to thrive! Show your support by making a donation today, and help us continue to bring you unforgettable shows and events! Thank you!