At first glance, art enthusiasts will immediately recognize the work of Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. The JAM is more than just public art though. Fifth Ward JAM, a performance space, is a fitting addition to the historic Houston Fifth Ward. During its musical heyday in the 1940s and '50s, the Fifth Ward, or "The Nickel" as it is affectionately known, was home to Don Robey's Peacock Records, which recorded the Mighty Clouds of Joy and Big Mama Thornton, and its sister club, The Bronze Peacock, which hosted the likes of T-Bone Walker and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.
Recently, the JAM was structurally damaged by weather making it unsafe as a venue. As an integral part of the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation's upcoming Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival we are seeking your support in restoring and preserving the iconic Fifth Ward JAM. While we know the JAM is a temporary installation, we are hoping to shore up and preserve this iconic structure for the next two years and then properly commemorate its demise on our terms. No party crashers allowed - including you Mother Nature!
As a thank you, the top 10 supporters of this campaign will be our honored guests at the festival and will also be invited as VIPS to our festival Kickoff Celebration on April 6th at the historic Deluxe Theater.