House of Blues
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|Industry||Live music, original folk art, and southern-inspired cuisine|
|Founded||November 26, 1992, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States|
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Key people||Isaac Tigrett and Dan Aykroyd - founders|
House of Blues is a chain of 13 live music concert halls and restaurants in major markets throughout the United States. House of Blues first location was in Cambridge's Harvard Square. It 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.
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. This original location has since closed. 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 Houses of Blues.
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.
Current locations include:
- Atlantic City
- Las Vegas
- Myrtle Beach
- New Orleans
- San Diego
- West Hollywood
There was also a location across from Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta, 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 
- Live From the House of Blues, 1995 television series made in conjunction with the chain
- "Live Nation: About Us". Livenation.com. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- "About House of Blues". Houseofblues.com. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- "/ 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.
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