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.
A lot of the blues greats have played here.
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.