I never thought I would become a regular at a bar…But low and behold…I have. I guess you wind up doing a lot of things you don’t expect from yourself in a lifetime. Anyway, for the past 3 months, I’ve found myself at the Stanhope House (45 Main Street. Stanhope, NJ) at least once a week for live music, dance parties, good food and good friends- to say the least.
It’s truly an honor to be given the opportunity to play the Stanhope House, especially when exploring it’s great history. From Stevie Ray Vaughn scrubbing dishes in the kitchen after playing a late night gig, to the famous painting of the place where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil for guitar skills to tales of ghosts within the walls to the not-so-secret well in the lounge to blues legends- Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and John Lee Hooker all rockin’ the main stage- just to name a few.
With a solid past in it’s foundation the Stanhope House continues making history, especially in more recent times with the help of Lectric Pulp and the super rad owners of the facility, who rather than counting their green in a shady cobwebbed back room, jump right on the main stage to belt out blues classics or can be found in the lounge in a more subtle guitar/blues piano jam with local kids singing and clapping along. Also, it says a lot about a person’s character if they know you on a first name basis after only meeting you once- a quality everyone in the family that owns the joint possesses.
Lectric Pulp and the Stanhope House continue to fill a promising schedule with awesome blues and some not-so-blues acts for the comings months. One not-so-conventional show for the venue is Folly’s 2nd of 3 reunion shows in NJ where they invite their fans to join them for dinner at the club before they play. I definitely suggest you do that because on top of good jams, the Stanhope House delivers from the kitchen. I recommend the meatloaf sandwich at the suggestion of Mike Ambrose who does sound in both rooms and can often be found jamming on keys with bands on the main stage or in the lounge. The Stanhope House clearly focuses it’s energy around music and quickly developed a tight-knit group of consistent support that continues to grow. With that said, Wednesday truly is the new Saturday and we invite you to be part of it.
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