House of Blues

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Not to be confused with Blue House (disambiguation).
House of Blues Entertainment LLC
Industry Live music, original folk art, and southern-inspired cuisine
Founded November 26, 1992, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Key people Isaac Tigrett and Dan Aykroyd - founders
Parent Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
Website www.houseofblues.com[2]
House of Blues across the street from Fenway Park in Boston
House of Blues Sunset, in West Hollywood
House of Blues in Myrtle Beach
House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Florida
House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Florida

House of Blues Entertainment LLC is a chain of 13 live music concert halls and restaurants in major markets throughout the United States. House of Blues' first location, in Cambridge's Harvard Square, was opened in 1992 by Isaac Tigrett, co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe, and Dan Aykroyd, co-star of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

Overview[edit]

The first House of Blues opened on November 26, 1992, in the Harvard Square commercial district and retail area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company was originally financed by Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, River Phoenix, James Belushi, and Harvard University, among others.[citation needed] This original location has since closed.[3] However, the hands-in-concrete driveway where members of the Blues Brothers and others left their mark, still remains.

Aykroyd and Belushi remain associated with the brand and are present for most openings, attending and performing at the opening celebrations of both the Houston and the Boston House of Blues locations. In 1999, House of Blues acquired Universal Concerts from Seagram.[4] On July 5, 2006, Live Nation acquired House of Blues. As a division of Live Nation, the company currently operates 12 clubs throughout North America, with its location in Atlantic City being franchised. Nine of these locations also feature the VIP membership club, Foundation Room.

Locations[edit]

Current locations include:

Metro vicinity Venue location Address Opened Capacity
Greater Boston Harvard Square 114 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138
1992
(closed in 2003)
180
Kenmore Square 15 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215
2009 2,425
Metropolitan Los Angeles Sunset Strip 8430 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
1994 1,100
Downtown Disney 1530 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
2001 1,100
Greater New Orleans French Quarter 225 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
1994 843
Chicagoland Marina City 329 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60654
1996 1,300
Myrtle Beach Metro Area Barefoot Landing 4640 Hwy 17 S
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
1997 2,000
Greater Orlando Downtown Disney 1490 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
1997 2,100
Las Vegas Valley Las Vegas Strip
(inside Mandalay Bay)
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
1999 2,000
Greater Cleveland Downtown Cleveland 308 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
2004 1,200
Greater San Diego Downtown San Diego 1055 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
2005 1,100
Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex Victory Park 2200 N Lamar St
Dallas, TX 75202
2007 1,650
Greater Houston Downtown Houston 1204 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77002
2008 1,500


A location across from Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta also was put together in time for the 1996 Summer Olympics. It closed soon after and became The Tabernacle in 1998, in reference to its original use as a Baptist tabernacle.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Live Nation: About Us". Livenation.com. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  2. ^ "About House of Blues". Houseofblues.com. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  3. ^ "/ News / Boston Globe / Living / Arts / House of Blues in Cambridge to close; begins seeking new site". Boston.com. 2003-08-30. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  4. ^ Seagram Plans to Sell Its Concerts Unit

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