Beloved songwriter’s venue JP Hops House badly damaged by fire
JP Hops House in the far west of Houston, Texas is known for its incredible selection of beer and wine, and for being one of the friendliest neighborhood bars in town, regardless of neighborhood. city where you come from.
First opened in 1980, the bar is owned and operated by Jim Fowler and Pam Herndon, and in addition to being a favorite watering hole for the local community, it has become home to many Houston songwriters. and many songwriters traveling through H-town, so much so that the venue also serves as the headquarters of the Houston Songwriters Association.
Songwriters and patrons have found a home at JP Hops House for years. That’s why the community was heartbroken when a fire severely damaged the business on Sunday, July 10. Located in a strip center, it was the only unit significantly damaged by the fire. But as you can see in the photos, the fire was devastating. Co-owner Jim Fowler also suffered minor burns in the incident, but was treated and released.
The fire started just as Sunday night’s Open Mic was winding down. Although the fire is still under investigation, it is believed to be electrical in nature. A transformer on a pole outside where the fire potentially started also burned in the incident.
The Houston Songwriters Association has met at JP Hops House every 2nd Sunday of the month for many years. In addition to local musicians, national tours also frequent the venue. Country duo Side Pony of Alice Wallace and Caitlin Cannon were scheduled to play on Wednesday night (7-13), but were forced to cancel due to the fire.
“They have provided a wonderful and welcoming venue for all artists, from those who tour regularly to those just starting out,” songwriter Brian Kalinec tells Saving Country Music. “They are dear friends to many of us. So many benefits for others have taken place at JP Hops House. We’re just trying to help them as best we can now.
Brian Kalinec launched a Go Fund Me Campaign for the venue with a goal of $10,000. Over $16,000 has been raised at press time, showing just how much the venue is valued by the community. Even though the initial goal has been achieved, people are still asked to participate if possible.