What normally serves as Greg Drew’s living room, complete with couches, a coffee table, TV and a pool table, is being transformed into an intimate concert venue for a special charity show.
This Friday (Oct. 21), Drew is inviting anyone who loves live music to join him for a Jammin’ 4 Jay house concert.
Featuring a performance by Vancouver guitarist Paul Pigat, the event will raise funds for Drew’s non-profit group, Jammin’ 4 Jay — a society he started after his 17-year-old son, Jay, was killed in a horrific high-speed car crash in 2003.
Through his society, Drew, who is a retired firefighter, takes the wreckage of Jay’s car on public tours to show the deadly dangers of irresponsible driving.
This will be the fifth concert Drew has hosted on his Allard Crescent acreage in memory of his son. Several previous ones have taken place on a massive stage he built in his backyard.
“If you love live music, there is nothing like this,” Drew said.
“You don’t have to go to Vancouver to see an amazing show, you can come to my living room.
“You get the most intimate evening of music ever.”
Drew believes that had it not been for music, and his two German shepherd dogs, he would have never recovered from the emotional toll of his son’s death.
“Music saved my life,” he said.
“When something (tragic) like that happens, you can sit at home with a bottle of booze, or turn it into a positive.”
There are only 90 tickets available for the concert, priced at $20 each.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. with an appetizer potluck, followed by live music at 8 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.jammin4jay.com.
The event is ages 19 and up.
More on Paul Pigat is available at paulpigat.com.