PumpHouse is a regional touring band based in Richmond, Virginia, that, since 2012, has performed in clubs and musical festivals from Virginia to California, offering soulful originals and its own creative spin on Traditional and Chicago Jump/Swing Blues, R&B mixed with Rock and Roll and beyond. A diverse and thoroughly entertaining group of 7 musicians devoted to their music, their friendship, and their fans, PumpHouse is fronted by Lutha Lucas, whose musical style has been described as a fusion of Lou Rawls & James Brown. Though he came from a background of singing in a church choir for much of his adult life with no experience in a band, he has become a phenomenal frontman who interacts with the crowds and belts out PumpHouse songs like a blues man or rocker who's been doing it his entire life.
Begun in 2012 as a Richmond -based, 3-man band, PumpHouse today includes its 3 original co-founders -- Wayne Chaplin, on harp and guitar, Wayne Pryor, on Drums, and Pete Daniel, on bass guitar – along with lead singer Lutha Lucas; Chris Leitch, on trombone, keyboard, and vocals; Eddie Lohr, on lead guitar and vocals and "Tony" Martin on percussion and vocals.
PumpHouse has entertained crowds as far west as Palm Springs, California. Its venues have included large music festivals – such as Floydfest, Rooster Walk, Strawberry Fest, Beer Bourbon & BBQ – as well as local clubs and live music events. They've also played at private performances, including parties for NASCAR drivers and the Jimmy Hendrix estate, as well as appeared performing live on CBS TV several times.
The band takes its name from an historic landmark of Richmond, known as the Old Pump House at Byrd Park. The city's second pumping station, built over a century ago, the facility made of stone walls pumped water from the nearby canal up to a reservoir in the park. Just as its old reliable pumps ensured a smooth reliable flow of cooling waters, so too the band can be counted on to deliver its smooth-flowing brand of cool musical sustenance.