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The Stanhope House The Stanhope House

A legendary blues club

MusicXplorer visited The Stanhope House, the famous concert venue and one of the last Roadhouses in the country.

Where is The Stanhope House?

The Stanhope House is located in Stanhope, NJ.  It is over 200 years old, and has a lot of history. Before it became a famous blues club, it was once a stage coach stop, a brothel, and gambling hall. It’s also one of the most haunted buildings in NJ.

MusicXplorer asked current owner, Jon Klein, to tell us what The Stanhope House History has in his own words. We discussed the history of the building, and the many musicians that have come through these doors. John is an established musician in his own rite. We will be doing an interview with Jon on his musical career later in 2020.

Jon Klein- Owner of the Stanhope House
Jon Klein- Owner of The Stanhope House
The Stanhope House
The Stanhope House

A lot of the blues greats have played here.

Photos of great blues artists line the walls. An old schedule roster from 1982 had Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Muddy Waters, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, and many others.

Did Stevie Ray Vaughan wash dishes here?

The answer is yes. Right before Stevie became well known, he played at The Stanhope House.  As the story goes, Steve felt that he owed the owner since they fed him, so he asked if he could wash the dishes to repay them.

Stevie Ray Vaughan- Stanhope Roster 1983
Stanhope House Roster 1983
Stevie Ray Vaughn- at The Stanhope House
Stevie Ray Vaughn- The Stanhope House

Interview with owner Jon Klein

 

Check out The Stanhope House website for shows and more history.

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