CQ Jam for WaterStep

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On September 10, Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grill will be the site of the fourth annual CQ Jam for WaterStep. Guests will enjoy live music and have the opportunity to support the Louisville-based organization WaterStep and its efforts in saving lives around the world with safe water. To get all the details on the event, we caught up with Founder and CEO of WaterStep Mark Hogg and CQ Jam Event Coordinator Jim Willis.

What is the CQ Jam for WaterStep?
It is an annual fundraiser held at Captain’s Quarters that benefits WaterStep, the Louisville-based organization that works to save lives around the world with safe water.

What can guests expect at the event?
Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy performances by Lonza Bartlett of the Legacy Platters, one of the most successful vocal groups of the rock ‘n’ roll era; soulful Motown artist AJ Mullins; CrossWalk, performing pop rock through the ages; The Decades, a fan-favorite with its powerful horn section; and The Unlimited Show Band, voted Louisville’s Best R&B group, all performing on a floating barge with the backdrop of the Ohio River and new East End Bridge.

Why is the event important?
Nearly one in 10 people lack access to safe water, and waterborne disease is one of the leading causes of death around the world. The CQ Jam gives the local community the chance to have fun while supporting WaterStep and saving lives. All proceeds from the event fund WaterStep’s work to equip people with tools and training in water purification, disaster relief, health education and well repair.

How has the event grown over the years?
What started more than 10 years ago as a day-long music festival called “RiverFest” hosted by the Shady Glen Club of Oldham County has grown into an event now called “The CQ Jam for WaterStep,” embraced by the local boating community and Captain’s Quarters restaurant. Each year, the radius from which the performers come from and the number of performers has increased. Attendance to the event and donations to WaterStep have also increased, which has increasingly impacted the lives of thousands of people.

Who helps support this event?
Sound, stage and lighting is provided and powered by Brian Hood of Ultimate Audio. The masters of ceremonies are Jeff Walter and Kent Powell. The Huffman Automotive Group is sponsoring the event, and the Harrods Creek Boat Owners Association has been a strong supporter of WaterStep and the boating community for years. Of course, the event would not be possible without our generous hosts at Captain’s Quarters.

How do you hope the event changes in years to come?
We hope to use the event as a platform to garner more awareness about the global water crisis, and to raise more funds for WaterStep so that we can provide more communities with safe water and health education.

How can someone get tickets to the event?
There are no pre-sale tickets. Admission to the event is a $20 suggested donation at the door. Doors open at 2 p.m. and live music begins at 4 p.m. Guests are also asked to bring their gently used shoes to donate to WaterStep. The nonprofit’s shoe program not only generates funds for the organization but it also keeps tons of waste out of landfills by repurposing the shoes. Any size, style and condition of shoes is accepted.

How can someone support WaterStep if they are unable to attend the CQ Jam?
Host a shoe drive and collect used shoes at your church, school or business. Donate to WaterStep during Give Local Louisville on September 15 and your money will go even further toward providing safe water for families around the world due to matching funds. VT