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 John Candy and Dan Aykroyd - founders
Parent Live Nation Entertainment
Website www.houseofblues.com[2]
San Diego House of Blues in San Diego, California near Petco Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and the ocean.
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 Disney Springs in Florida
House of Blues at Disney Springs in Florida

House of Blues is a chain of 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 11 clubs throughout North America, with its location in Atlantic City (closed August 2014 along with Showboat Atlantic City) being franchised. The iconic Sunset Strip location in West Hollywood, CA closed in July 2015; a new location has not been found. Nine of these locations also feature the VIP membership club, Foundation Room.

Locations[edit]

Future[edit]

Metro vicinity Venue location Address Opened Capacity
Metropolitan Los Angeles Anaheim GardenWalk 400 West Disney Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
(opening Fall 2016)[5]
2016 2,000

Current[edit]

Metro vicinity Venue location Address Opened Capacity
Greater Boston Kenmore Square 15 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215
2009 2,425
Greater New Orleans French Quarter 225 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
1994 843
Chicago metropolitan area 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 Disney Springs 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

Former[edit]

Metro vicinity Venue location Address Opened Capacity
Greater Boston Harvard Square 114 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138
1992
(closed in 2003)
180
Metropolitan Los Angeles Sunset Strip 8430 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
1994
(closed in 2015)
1,100
Downtown Disney 1530 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
2001
(closed in 2016, relocating to Anaheim GardenWalk)
1,100
Metro Atlanta Downtown Atlanta 152 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
1997
(re-branded as The Tabernacle in 1998)
2,000
Atlantic County Atlantic City Boardwalk
(inside Showboat Atlantic City)
801 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
2005
(closed in 2014)
2,380

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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". latimes. 
  5. ^ Fadroski, Kelli Skye (2016-05-19). "House of Blues says goodbye to Downtown Disney and hello to the Anaheim GardenWalk". OC Register (Orange County, California). Retrieved 2016-05-31. 

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